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JUMP TO LOT
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Collection Marianne et Pierre Nahon

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Paris

César
1921 - 1998
COMPRESSION KADETT 
compressed car
Executed in 1978.

This work is registered in the archives of Denyse Durand-Ruel under the number 3398 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.
signed and dated 78
144 cm x 65 cm x 65 cm; 56 11/16 x 25 5/8 x 25 5/8 in.
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Provenance

Acquired from the artist by the current owners

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Beaubourg, César. Les Compressions, 1990; catalogue, p. 36, illustrated
Singapore, Festival des Arts, César, 1990; catalogue, np., illustrated
Vence, Galerie Beaubourg, Château Notre-Dame des Fleurs, Exposition inaugurale, 1993
Macau, Art Museum of Macau, Nice Mouvements - Contemporary French Art, 2000-2001; catalogue, p. 83, no. 3, illustrated
Monaco, Forum Grimaldi, César, l'instinct du fer, 2002; catalogue, p. 139, illustrated

Literature

Pierre Nahon, L'Histoire de La Galerie Beaubourg I, 1936 - 1988, Paris, 2009, p. 171, illustrated in colour
Pierre Nahon, L'Histoire de La Galerie Beaubourg II, 1988 - 1994, Paris, 2009, pp. 101, 254-255, 262, illustrated in colour
Marianne et Pierre Nahon, Dictionnaire amoureux illustré de l'Art moderne et contemporain, Gründ, 2018, p.77, illustrated in colour

Catalogue Note

What I call a sculptor is a statue sculptor. Sculptor is a profession, a craft around an object. It requires certain knowledge, certain mastery and technique to break free from it. Taking an object is not sculpting. (...) The day I compressed a car, it was a sculpting gesture, not an intellectual one. (...) It took me years to use a car. I used car bodies for the first times in 1954-55. I cut in the iron and the damaged bodies to make it polychromatic. I cut pieces of these crumpled parts that I integrated in my sculptures. They announce the compressions.
Cesar

Collection Marianne et Pierre Nahon

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Paris