Learn More About Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne With An Online Curator's Talk
On Saturday, May 8, in conjunction with the opening of its newest exhibition Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed, the Clark Art Institute will present a lecture by Kathleen Morris, Sylvia and Leonard Marx Director of Exhibitions and Curator of Decorative Arts, providing an overview of the exhibition. This lecture will be presented live over Zoom at 2 pm.
Nature Transformed provides a fresh perspective on the work of innovative artists Claude and François-Xavier and marks the first time in more than forty years since an American art museum has dedicated an exhibition to their work. On view from May 8 to October 31, Nature Transformed reveals the power of their artistic imagination, their impressive command of technique, and their enduring visual appeal.
The imaginative and beautifully crafted art of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne reflects their deep sense of kinship between the human, animal, and vegetal worlds. From their earliest exhibition in 1964, the artists, who were married, repeatedly drew inspiration from flora and fauna and morphed these natural forms into something strange and new. In her works, Claude Lalanne (1924–2019) transformed familiar plants and animals into lyrical and sometimes surreal creations while François-Xavier Lalanne (1927–2008) turned his fascination with the mysterious inner life of animals into abstracted and refined sculptural forms that often concealed a practical function. In her talk, Morris, the exhibition’s curator, explores the stories behind the objects on display.
Visit clarkart.edu/events to register for this free lecture.
image: François - Xavier Lalanne (French, 1927 – 2008), Lapin à vent (Wind rabbit), 2004. Gilt patinated bronze, ball bearings, 70 7/8 x 100 3/8 x 18 1/2 in. Private Collection Image: Nicolas Dubois / Art Digital Studio © Sotheby’s; Artwork: © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Pari