Centre Pompidou Stages a Major Retrospective of the Work of Nouveaux Réaliste Arman


PARIS.- The Centre Pompidou is to stage a retrospective devoted to Arman, one of the major figures of post-War art. The exhibition will bring together almost 120 works from leading museums and private collections to offer a new and distinctive take on Arman’s work, from the second half of the 1950s to the last years of the 20th century. A founder member of the Nouveaux Réalistes, a group that championed “new perceptual approaches to the real,” Arman developed a body of work intimately related to its own age, taking as its artistic material the manufactured products of the consumer society. In a presentation both lively and educational, the exhibition will highlight the two fundamental features of Arman’s work: the gesture, inherited from the practice of the martial arts, (through an exceptional selection of filmed records of the artist’s actions), and the object as vector of new artistic forms. The