Relax with the César exhibition at the Centre Pompidou
César, one of the most illustrious yet most misunderstood artists of his time, passed away twenty years ago. Finding himself in the Saint Germain des Prés de Montparnasse area of Paris after the war, his work was a perpetual questioning in which decisive moments produced unparalleled results.
Out of this complexity came magnificent and inimitable creativity. Inventive, guided by the logic of the material and determined to express the spirit of his time, he continually reinvented his art by transforming the language and practice of sculpture, while always returning to the techniques he had discovered when, penniless, he welded fragments of scrap metal waste.
Far from simply being the man who communicated his artistic soul in the welded iron, compressions, imprints and expansions for which he became famous, César remained attached to the idea that he wanted to equal the sculptural achievements of the masters of the form he so admired. Now we are far removed from the critics of the day; those who refused César the importance that this retrospective demonstrates was and is his due.
César at the Centre Pompidou until March 26th, 2018
Place Georges Pompidou, 4th arrondissement
A 20-minute drive from the Hotel Fabric
Open every day, except Tuesday, from 11:00 to 21:00
Photo: © SBJ / Adagp, Paris 2017 Photo © ASP Alex Soto Photo