L'œuvre Compression "Ricard" - Centre Pompidou


Compression "Ricard"


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Crédit photographique : © Samuel Kalika - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP
© SBJ / Adagp, Paris

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César (1921 - 1998)

Compression "Ricard"



Tôle d'acier laquée compressée

153 x 73 x 65 cm

Compression dirigée d'automobile

Don M. Pierre Restany, 1968

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 1698 S

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Description for the presentation 2015-2016 in the National Museum of Modern Art

In 1960, the sculptor César discovered at a suburban scrap merchant’s a new type of giant press capable of instantly producing one-ton blocks of crushed metal. Shown in Paris in 1960, the three compressed motor cars produced in this fashion caused a scandal. A subtle combination of chance and deliberation, Compression « Ricard » belongs to the period of controlled compressions, whose formal aspect is determined by the way the press is loaded and the selection of materials in terms of their plastic qualities. César has here obtained a volume of radically simple, basic and abstract form throu...

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