Taking Renault art collection on the road to Beijing

By Lin Qi ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-11-10 07:54:23


French-born American artist Armand Fernandez (1928-2005), better-known as Arman, created a lot of works with his signature concept of "accumulation".

He piled up everyday objects to form sculptures or painted them in a repetitive way.

In 1967, Arman appeared in Renault's factories in an art collaboration with the French automotive company. He watched how workshops were operated and talked to designers. He was inspired to produce more than 100 works in following years, in which he accumulated components he had seen in the world of cars.

These works become the first properties of Renault Art Collection. The company further reached out to about 30 artists of the time for art commissions before stopping in 1985. During that time the collection reached more than 300 art pieces.

A selection of 100 from this holding of art will be on show at A Modern Adventure, an exhibition scheduled at Beijing's Today Art Museum in mid-December, running through the end of February.

The display will include Arman's two paintings from the collaboration, Accumulation of Mechanical Elements and Composition.

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