Musical rage by Arman

On 23 September 2020, by Claire Papon

Does music soothe the savage breast? Not always… as witness this combustion of cellos by Arman evoking Romeo and Juliet: the star piece in a sale devoted to the 20th century.

Armand Fernandez aka Arman (1928-2005), Romeo and Juliet, Combustion of broken cellos in Plexiglas, one-of-a-kind piece, 1970 or 1974, 200 x 160 cm.
Estimate: €150,000/200,000

Plato said that "rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, and move it powerfully." More prosaically, this work could well inspire a fine bidding battle, judging by its estimate… It is a one-of-a-kind piece, whose creation date (1970) and title were communicated some years later by Arman himself to the collector now selling it: Robert Burawoy. This engineer from the École Centrale de Paris, a collector for forty years, has a PhD in Art History and a passion for Japanese arms and armour, as well as non-Western art. When he bought this sculpture in 1976 on an impulse, he knew neither Arman nor his work. Their meeting led to a friendship that lasted for over twenty years. "The legendary accumulation approach soon made him the leading collector of Japanese armour outside Japan," says Robert Burawoy about the artist. He became his advisor in this sphere, and went with him several times to the Land of the Rising Sun to show him public and private collections. In 1959, a year before co-founding the New Realism movement, Arman developed his inclusion process, imprisoning objects in a thick layer of resin. He then combined this technique with other creative processes like accumulation, cutting and combustion. Typical of his 1970s work, Romeo et Juliet freezes in time two cellos consumed by fire, broken or sometimes struck with an axe or a sledgehammer. The fragments reflect the result of his rages, and his need to let out his anger in order to create. In a work that is also a performance, this fury towards the musical instruments evokes the tragic, explosive intensity that shaped the fate of the young lovers of Verona.

Agenda
Si la musique adoucit les mœurs, ici elle pourrait susciter une belle bataille d'enchères, 150 000 à 200 000 € étant attendue d'une combustion de violoncelles brisés d'Arman, Roméo et Juliette. René Lalique et Émile Gallé sont les doyens de cette dispersion, mais on y tentera aussi sa chance sur une taille directe (bois) de Jean Lambert-Rucki Le Chef dit aussi Le Clown ayant appartenu à l'artiste (12 000/15 000 €), du mobilier de Jean Prouvé et Jules Leleu (modèle Martel de Janville), un exemplaire du fauteuil Antony de Prouvé en bois thermoformé (12 000/15 000 €), des œuvres de Dulio Barnabé dont Couple à la mandoline et à l'éventail (6 000/8 000 €), des céramiques de Jacques et Dani Ruelland. D'Anton Prinner auquel un petit chapitre est consacré, on a retenu une taille directe en bois Personnage renversé (4 000/5 000 €). De René Herbst, un prototype de la chaise longue en tube d'acier nickelé réalisé en 1930 pour Kees Stoop, initaiteur de l'édition Formes Nouvelles pourrait trouver preneur à hauteur de 5 000/7 000 €. Quoi de mieux enfin qu'un exemplaire de la chaise longue "PK24" en osier tissé et acier de Poul Kjaerholm (6 000/8 000 €) pour admirer la toile d'Eduardo Arroyo (1937-2018), W. Churchill Pintor (1969/1970), moyennant 40 000/60 000 € tout de même.
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