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But outside the commercial sector there simply isn’t much art to be seen, and that’s because there isn’t a single major dedicated museum in the city. That should change in 2019, when M+ finally opens and we get the Museum of Art back after a four-year renovation, but, right now, Hong Kong is poorly served compared with all other major Asian cities.
Claude Lalanne and François-Xavier Lalanne have been known individually and collectively as 'Les Lalanne' since the 1960s. Claude studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts and the École des Arts Décoratifs. The Lalannes' works are represented in many prominent collections around the world including the National Design Museum, New York; Musée Nationale d'Art Moderne, Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museé d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris; and the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York.
Ben Brown Fine Arts is honoured to present Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, the third Lalanne exhibition to be held at the Hong Kong gallery. This exhibition will bring together the organically- inspired, ornate works of nonagenarian Claude Lalanne in the form of mirrors, chairs, lighting and various whimsical sculptures with the iconic and more austere works of her late husband François- Xavier Lalanne, in the form of sheep and deer.
The work of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, who are often referred to as Les Lalanne, defies categorisation: it is at once surrealist, classical, contemporary, fine art, decorative art, functional design and fanciful objets. The last of a generation of avant-garde artists in Paris, Claude is able to reminisce of their times living next door to Constantin Brancusi, travelling in the same circle as René Magritte and Max Ernst, and working with loyal collectors such as Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé. While Les Lalanne shared a studio and exhibited together throughout their careers, their oeuvres are entirely distinctive. Claude’s work takes on a more sinuous and ethereal form, depicting flora and fauna evocative of the art nouveau movement. François-Xavier’s works—including sheep, rhinoceroses, gorillas, desks and bars—offer a gravity of form and functional ingenuity that redefine their original representation. Together, the Lalannes’ works are at once playful, profound, elegant and evocative, and equally suitable for traditional and contemporary environments.
The exhibition includes many new works from Claude’s studio such as three unique bronze and copper mirrors (each Miroir, 2015), an electrified lantern (Lanterne, 2015), a green patinated standing cabbage (Choupatte, 2014-2015), two elegant armchairs (each Fauteuil Entrelacs, 2015-2016) and two crocodile- footed side tables (each Osiris, 2015-2016). Several iconic François-Xavier pieces will be exhibited, including a graceful bronze deer (Wapiti (petit), 1988) and two of his classic sheep fabricated from epoxystone and bronze (each Mouton Transhumant, 1988).
The Lalannes’ works are represented in many prominent private and public collections around the world, such as the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris.
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