Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne

27 September - 12 November 2011
27 Sep - 12 Nov 2011 Hong Kong

Ben Brown Fine Arts is exceptionally proud to present the first Asian exhibition of works by influential French sculptors, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne. The Lalannes came of age in the 1960s, and for more than five decades, their special blend of luxurious sensuality and earthly irreverence held court amongst the most avant-garde of collectors. This is the second exhibition of works by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne held by Ben Brown Fine Arts, and follows on from a major retrospective held in 2010 at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs.

 

There is often the misconception that the Lalannes collaborate together, but they are two rather distinct oeuvres, as Pierre Bergé notes, "their work, exemplary, is underscored by the pursuit of perfection, an unbending technique, a quest for achievement. Nothing is left to chance. A draughtsman in his own right, Francois-Xavier executes his work with precision strokes. Claude, more bucolic, has created her very own bestiary and herbarium. Her work is more fragile." Where Francois-Xavier creations are bulky and streamlined, Claude's twists and turns reflect the Sixties resurgence of interest in Art Nouveau.