Bertrand Lavier

Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture

Bertrand Lavier’s work surprises by its sheer diversity, judging from just the few pieces presented here. The first work in the exhibition, installed in one of the museum’s most venerable halls of old paintings, was Privé/Mobi, 1987, a spectacular piece consisting of a corrugated metal grain silo, perfectly cylindrical, set on top of a bright yellow construction-site shed. Like several of his other sculptures of the past two years, it is a “superimposition,” a category of the artist’s own devising, and the title is simply the brand name of each object, one “over” the other. Despite its audacity, this monumental, site-specific work respected the spirit of the place while passing itself off as a classic monumental sculpture articulated as a figure on a pedestal. An anthology of Lavier’s works followed, arranged according to an extrinsic as well as intrinsic logic.

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