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Guided Tour of the César Exhibit at the Centre Pompidou

  • Guided Tour: César Exhibit
    February 10, 2018
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday February 10, 2018 at 3 pm

Centre Pompidou

Paris 4

César, one of the most renowned artists of his age and one of the most misunderstood, passed away twenty years ago. Emerging in the Paris of post-war Montparnasse and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, César’s work was a perpetual self-interrogation in a vein close to that of Picasso, Giacometti and Germaine Richier, among others. He became famous at the age of 25 when he developed his welded iron sculpture technique.

Far from being simply the man of the welded iron, the compressions, impressions and expansions for which he was famous, César remained attached to a sculpture peopled with animals and human figures, work he hoped equal to that of the masters he admired.

Carried by the mythic narrative of their conception, Le Poisson, La Vénus de Villetaneuse and La Ginette were the iconic representatives of his art, embodying the intimacy of the creative act and a practice that relegated nothing to machinery, dependent on the artist’s hands alone. Later, Le Centaure, a tribute to Picasso, would elicit the same passionate engagement.

His very complexity resulted in a magnificent and inimitably distinctive body of work. Time has passed, and with it have departed the judges who delighted in criticising the man.

Our French guide will lead us through this exhibit and help us understand his rightful the place of importance.

18€50 for members, 20€50 for non-members.

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place Georges Pompidou, Paris, 75004, France