Les Lalanne share the feeling that sculpture, and more generally artwork, can have a function. Their whole career is stretched by the desire to restore a familiar dimensionto sculpture - too long sacralised-, a possible use. You look at it, you touch it, you open it, you sit on it, you lay on it, you eat on it, you wear it... Nature, especially the animal world, provides them an infinity of all known forms. Sheeps, monkeys, rhinos, donkeys, camels, toads, hippos, cats... form a repertoire that Les Lalanne submit to the constraints of decorative art with humor.
François-Xavier Lalanne, born in Agen in 1927. He died on December 7, 2008 at his house in Ury, France.
François-Xavier studied painting at the Académie Julian, and in 1952 he met Claude at the Galerie Cimaise for his first solo exhibition. After a first show at la Galerie J in Paris in 1964, they presented their sculptures at Alexandre Iolas in Paris, New York, Milan, Geneva, and Athenes from 1965 to 1979. They are bound to the Galerie Mitterrand since the early 90's. The Arts Décoratifs in Paris showed the diversity of their work during a retrospective in 2010. Their works feature in many exhibitions : Decorum, tapis et tapisseries d’artistes (Shangai 2014, Paris 2013) and the Art Institute, Chicago (1967).
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FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE - LA FOLLE HISTOIRE DU DESIGN, MUSEE DES ARTS DECORATIFS - PARIS, FRANCE
FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE - FIAC 2018 HORS LES MURS - JARDIN DES TUILERIES - PARIS