César

  • , César, 1975 / Photo: Jean-Claude Sauer - Courtesy Fondation César

César (César Baldaccini, 1921-1998) was born to Italian parents in the Belle de Mai quarter of Marseille, France. At the time, this area of the Mediterranean port city was chaotic and economically depressed, teeming with waves of immigrant populations and the detritus of their lives. The cross section of excess and deprivation that Marseille represented would serve as a significant source of César’s artistic endeavors.

First at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in his city of birth, and later at the school’s main outpost in Paris, César studied classical sculptural and drafting techniques until the late 1940s when he moved into a studio beneath the atelier of Alberto Giacometti. For economical reasons, César began collecting refuse metals and forging them into zoomorphic and anthropomorphic forms. Known as Fers (Irons), these objects acknowledge both the destruction of war and the subsequent reconstruction of Europe (both human and material). The works from this period demonstrate the artist’s fascination with salvaging life from waste and revealing the innumerable lives that lay hidden within material.

Fondation César Announces 2021 Centenary celebration for the Renowned French Artist, César
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Exhibitions

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News

  • Fondation César Announces 2021 Centenary celebration for the Renowned French Artist, César

    In honor of centenary of the birth of the artist known everywhere simply as ‘César’, the Fondation César, today announced a transatlantic celebration comprising exhibitions in France and United States over the courses of 2021. Working in close collaboration with the Fondation and its President and Executive Director Stéphanie Busuttil-Janssen, galleries Almine Rech, Paris and Salon 94, New York will present a series of major exhibitions devoted to the ideas and achievements spanning César’s career.

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    Photo: César, 1975 / Photo: Jean-Claude Sauer - Courtesy Fondation César