The creations of the Lalanne spouses exhibited in Versailles



Video length: 2 min.

France 2

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M. Berrurier, F. Le Moal, E. Piquereau, F. Dumont

France 2

France Televisions

The editorial staff of France 2 makes you discover the sculptures of the couple Lalanne. About sixty of their works took over the gardens of the Palace of Versailles this summer.

A gorilla two meters high, or an apple with a diameter of 2.5 meters: throughout the summer, the fantastic sculptures of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne are exhibited in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles (Yvelines) . Their extraordinary animal silhouettes and their impressive plant sculptures celebrate nature. In the 1970s, Serge Gainsbourg made them famous with a record inspired by one of these sculptures, The man cabbage head.

Now gone, the artist couple has, in 50 years, imposed their unique style. “This principle of sculpture that can be used, manipulated, touched and which participates in the daily life of the collector is a revolutionary novelty.“, comments Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand, friend and gallery owner of the Lalanne. In the dining room of the Elysée, George Pompidou imposed the Ostrich Bar, then to Buckingham Palace The grasshopper, which has become the Queen of England’s liquor chest. Until recently, the sculptures of the Lalanne couple sold for a high price: two million euros for the Chicken feet cabbage.

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