While the Château de Versailles hosts "Les Lalanne à Trianon," an exhibition presented in partnership with the Galerie Mitterand, running through October 10, the Osenat auction house is unveiling three monumental works by the sculptors on Sunday, October 3, in Fontainebleau.
Each one was custom-made for the Centre Européen d'Education Permanente (CEDEP), an organization established more than fifty years ago by the French business school INSEAD, whose campus it shares in the city, to train the leaders of the world's largest companies. The arts were introduced to CEDEP in 1973, at the instigation of its then president, Guy Landon. A collection was gradually amassed, in collaboration with the Artcurial art center, featuring local artists such as the Lalanne couple. They left their mark by designing the grounds of the establishment in 1989, later enhancing it with their own open-air works in 1991. François-Xavier is the sculptor of two allegorical works in moulded concrete, La Science and La Loi (Science and Law), both of which stand at over three meters high (10 feet) and are estimated at between €500,000 and €700,000. Claude designed the bronze of L'Enlèvement d'Europe (The Abduction of Europa), her first large-scale work made without electroplating (200 x 85 x 202 cm, 6.5 x 2.7x 6.6 ft, €600,000/800,000). With the departure of the CEDEP from the site, these unique pieces will be offered at auction, much to the delight of collectors. Other works from the CEDEP art collection are featured in the sale catalog, including creations by Isabelle Waldberg, Francesco Marino di Teana, Piero Dorazio, Nicolas Schöffer and Julio Le Parc, as well as pieces by Sonia Delaunay, Alicia Penalba and Bart van der Leck.