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César, the compelling retrospective at Paris Centre Pompidou in 2017

Published on 24 July 2017 By Elodie D.
César, la grande rétrospective au Centre Pompidou en 2017

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From 13 December 2017
To 23 March 2018

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Place Beaubourg
75004 Paris 4

11 euros (tarif réduit)
14 euros (tarif plein)

Major sculptor of the Nouveau Réalisme, César’s work is to be rediscovered from December 13, 2017 to March 23, 2018 at Paris Centre Pompidou. 20 years after his death, the artist from Marseilles is still in the news with its sculptures criticizing the society and our overconsumption. We love it!

The Centre Pompidou pays homage to Baldaccini César, better known simply as César, through a wide retrospective called “La Rétrospective”, bringing together a hundred works from all over the world. Twenty years after his death, the Parisian museum offers to see unknown periods, such as the first “Venus”, the Plexiglas sculptures “Enrubannées”, or 1998’s “Suite Milanaise”.

This artist and sculptor born in Marseilles in 1921 creates works that resonate with something in the mid-1950’s when he met artists from Saint-Germain-des-Près and Montparnasse. He is noticed because of the transformation of the materials he uses in his quite classical works. Welted-metal sculptures and other Venus and bestiary create a violent critic against the industrialized society base on overconsumption. His process works everywhere in the world but in France, where his popularity struggles to improve.

Until his death in 1998, at 77 years old, the artist does not stop shocking and intriguing with violent works such as “Compressions”, these sculptures made of crushed metal and junk materials (cars, cans, Jaguar cars, forks…) or “Expansions” which are timeless sculptures representing various liquids solidified after leaking from a container, and the Human Imprints bringing a new dimension to César’s works translating a will to track the female body.

César offered Paris and its region, a Centaur you can see in the 6th arrondissement, a giant thumb in La Défense, his grave in Montparnasse cemetery, the Venus in Villetaneuse and the Championnes, a tower of crushed cars in Jouy-en-Josas!

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César, the great retrospective at the Centre Pompidou  
Venue: Centre Pompidou
From December 12, 2017 to March 23, 2018
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed on Tuesdays
Rates: €14 (full), €11 (reduced)

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