Iconic and iconoclastic. Prolific and destructive. Reverential and rebellious. “Loved and detested,” according to his obituary in Le Monde, the French newspaper. What distinguishes César (1921-1998) from other giants of postwar art is the dichotomous, dangerous dynamism of his oeuvre. Within his sculptures, there are antithetical forces at work ~ pushing and pulling against the modern tradition, the French cultural establishment, and the nascent mass consumerism of his time. A founding member of the 20th-century Nouveau Réalisme movement, César looms large in the art canon. His masterpieces remain ever relevant, offering fresh perspectives.
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 course of 2021. Working in close collaboration with the Fondation and its President and Executive Director Stéphanie Busuttil-Janssen, galleries Salon 94, New York, and Almine Rech, Paris, will present a series of major exhibitions devoted to the ideas and achievements spanning César’s career.