Arman, mixed media, 1968

In 1960, the Frenchman Arman, who later naturalized as an American, was known as a co-founder of French nouveau réalisme. An art movement that emerged simultaneously with the American pop art. His ‘Poubelles’ brought household waste back to the consumer and confronted the viewer with the destructive nature of consumerism. His ‘Accumulations’, on the other hand, conserve utensils in resin or plexi box. In 1961, the French artist moved to the USA, where cut, burnt and broken objects also became part of his work.

‘Accumulation Renault n°142’ is an assembly of engine grills from the body of the mentioned car brand. Based on a neo-dadaist process, the artist always stores multiples of the same car parts as a symbol of possession.


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