François-Xavier Lalanne

Singe allumé, 2002

Bronze and opaline glass, Ed. 6/8 A
Fontaine aux oiseaux, 1985

Bronze and Stone, HC 3/4
Les Deux Grues, 1986-2008

Bronze, EA 3/4 A & B
Polymorphoses: La pêche miraculeuse, 1978

Lithograph, 56/70
Grand Bouquetin, 2007

Bronze, 2/8

b. Agen, France, 28 August 1927 – d. Ury, France, 7 December 2008

 

Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne both believed that artwork could serve a purpose. Their entire career was focused on trying to restore a sense of familiarity, even a potential practicality to the medium of sculpture, which for too long had been placed on a literal and metaphorical pedestal. Their sculptures could be admired from afar, but they could also be touched, opened, sat on, lain on, eaten on, worn around one’s neck… Nature, and in particular the animal kingdom, offered them a wealth of universally recognisable shapes and forms to work with. Sheep, monkeys, rhinoceroses, donkeys, camels, toads, hippopotamuses, etc. formed an artistic menagerie which Les Lalanne, with their characteristic humour and playfulness, then submitted to the constraints of the decorative arts.


After an initial exhibition at Galerie J in Paris in 1964, Les Lalanne’s sculptures were displayed at Alexandre Iolas’ galleries in Paris, New York, Milan, Geneva, and Athens from 1965 to 1979. Their affiliation with the Galerie Mitterrand began in the early 1990s. A retrospective on their career was held in 2010 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.



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FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE - LA FOLLE HISTOIRE DU DESIGN, MUSEE DES ARTS DECORATIFS - PARIS, FRANCE

INSTITUTION

10.19.2018 - 10.18.2020

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FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE - FIAC 2018 HORS LES MURS - JARDIN DES TUILERIES - PARIS

ART FAIR

10.16.2018 - 10.21.2018

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DESIGN MIAMI / BASEL 2018

ART FAIR

06.12.2018 - 06.17.2018


Press

Claude et Francois-Xavier Lalalnne, ensemble et separement

LE FIGARO

Claude et Francois-Xavier Lalalnne, ensemble et separement

04.05.2018
why every designer loves Lalanne's Sheep Sculptures

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

why every designer loves Lalanne's Sheep Sculptures

18.02.2017
The 10 Most Valuable Private Art Collections in France

THE CULTURE TRIP

The 10 Most Valuable Private Art Collections in France

14.02.2017

Publications

Lalanne

François-Xavier Lalanne

Lalanne

05/2016

Ouvrage publié à l'occasion de l'exposition Lalanne à la Galerie Mitterrand, Paris.
Graphisme : Dimaj Studio

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