Claude Lalanne

France 1924 - 2019

Sculpture, Surrealism

Claude Lalanne
Claude Lalanne
March 10, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Claude Lalanne, was a sculptor celebrated for her expressive and whimsical metal sculptures, furniture, and jewelry. Lalanne studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts and École des Arts Décoratifs. She involved herself in the artist community in Impasse Ronsin, Montparnasse, Paris and became friends with American artists Larry Rivers and Jimmy Metcalf who helped her develop the art of electro-plating.

Although a successful artist in her own right, Lalanne was also known for her collaborations with her husband Francois-Xavier Lalanne. She had met him at a gallery in 1952, and the couple came to be collectively referred to as “Les Lalanne”. A series of commissions by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, beginning in the mid-1960s, earned them widespread recognition. Several works designed by Claude for Yves Saint Laurent were featured as part of his estate sale at Christie’s in 2008, including a group of mirrors with bronze vegetal motifs, created between 1974 and 1985. While the era was a major exponent for Abstract, Conceptual, and Pop Art, Les Lalannes found inspiration in the traditional lines, forms, and textures present in nature. Claude was particularly drawn to plants and flowers, Francois-Xavier, to animals.

The first exhibition of her work was held in 1964 at the Galerie Claude Bernard in Paris. Her pieces have since been incorporated into the collections of major institutions, such as the Cooper Hewitt, the National Design Museum in New York, and the Georges Pompidou Centre and Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Claude and François-Xavier LalanneBen Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kongsolo
2013Claude and François-Xavier LalanneBen Brown Fine Arts, Londonsolo
2013Les LalanneJGM Galerie, Parissolo
2013Les Lalanne: The Poetry of SculptureS|2, New York, NYsolo
2012Les LalannePaul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NYsolo
2012Les Lalanne (outdoor exhibition)Sedieres Castle, Correzesolo
2011Claude and François-Xavier LalanneBen Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kongsolo
2011Les LalanneJGM Galerie, Parissolo
2010Les Lalanne at FairchildPaul Kasmin Gallery at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, FLsolo
2010Les LalanneLes Arts Decoratifs, Parissolo
2009Les Lalanne on Park AvenueNew York, NYsolo
2009Les LalannePaul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NYsolo
2009Les LalanneJGM Galerie, Parissolo
2007Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne: SculptureBen Brown Fine Arts, Londonsolo
2006Claude and François-Xavier LalannePaul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NYsolo
2006Sculptures 1968 – 2005Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoulsolo
2006Les Lalanne – Histoires NaturellesMetairie Bruyere, Parlysolo
2005Sculptures 1968 – 2005JGM Galerie, Parissolo
2003Bestiaire OrdinaireJGM Galerie, Parissolo
2002Sculptures 2000 – 2002JGM Galerie, Parissolo
2001Sculptures Recentes : Les LalanneGalerie Guy Pieters, Knokke-Heistsolo
2000Sculptures Nouvelles – Nouveaux EtatsJGM Galerie and Galerie Enrico Navarra, Parissolo
2000The LalannesGerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NMsolo
2000F.X. and Cl. Lalanne - Les Sculpteurs dans la RueMusee des Beaux-Arts d Agen, Agensolo
1998PolymorphosesFlaine-Culture, Haute-Savoiesolo
1998Les Lalanne, Animaux Monstres et ChimeresJGM Galerie, Parissolo
1997Les LalanneDorothy Blau Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, FLsolo
1997Les HippopotamesMikimoto Ginza, Tokyosolo
1996Les LalanneBao Chen Group, Taiwansolo
1995L horizon Chimerique de Claude et François-Xavier LalanneJGM Galerie, Parissolo
1994L inventaire des LalanneArtcurial, Parissolo
1994Les LalanneGalerie Guy Pieters, Knokke-Heistsolo
1992Les Lalanne, Les Portes du JardinJGM Galerie, Parissolo
1992Sculpture Les Trois Oies de F.X. Lalanne (opening of Place du Marche aux Oies)Mairie de Sarlat, Aquitainesolo
1991Les LalanneGalerie Artcurial, Parissolo
1991Les LalanneChateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valleysolo
1990Les LalanneL Hippodrome, Douaisolo
1989Les LalanneMarisa del Re at the Atrium of the Casino, Monte-Carlosolo
1989Les LalanneGalerie Art-Projet, Nicesolo
1989Les Lalanne SculpturesGalerie de Bellecour, Lyonsolo
1989Les Dinosaures de Cl. et F.X. Lalanne (opening of Promenade Santa-Monica)Smarts Festival, CAsolo
1989Les LalanneGalerie Artcurial, Munichsolo
1988Les LalanneMarisa del Re Gallery, New York, NYsolo
1988Les Lalanne, Sculptures, Dessins, BijouxGalerie des Bastions, Genevasolo
1987Les Lalanne, Objets ExtraordinairesGalerie Artcurial, Parissolo
1987Oeuvres recentesGalerie Daniel Templon, Parissolo
1986Les LalannePlaza of the Americas, Dallas, TXsolo
1986Les LalanneJames Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CAsolo
1986Les LalanneRonald Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MOsolo
1985Claude et François-Xavier LalanneGalerie des Ponchettes, Nicesolo
1985Claude et François-Xavier LalanneGalerie Daniel Templon, Parissolo
1985Les LalanneHokin Gallery, Miami, FLsolo
1984Claude Lalanne, Bijoux en Or Galerie Artcurial, Parissolo
1984Les LalanneChristian Fayt Gallery, Knokke-Heistsolo
1983La Magie Blanche dans la Vie de Tous les JoursAtelier 74, Annecysolo
1983Les LalanneMusee de Nemours, Nemourssolo
1983Les LalanneGalerie Artcurial, New York, NYsolo
1983Claude Lalanne, L or de l ArtGalerie Artcurial, Parissolo
1982Les LalanneGalerie d Art Contemporain, Limogessolo
1980PolymorphosesDeutsch-Franzosisches Kulturinstitut, Essensolo
1980Les Monumentaux de LalanneGalerie Municipale de Saint-Martin d Heres, Iseresolo
1980Les LalanneChateau de Sedieres, Correzesolo
1980Le Rhinoceros dans Tous ses etatsGalerie La Hune, Parissolo
1980Les Monumentaux de LalanneChapelle de la Villedieu, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Francesolo
1979SculptureLolas and Brooks Jackson Gallery, New York, NYsolo
1979Diner Salvador DaliMusee d Histoire Naturelle, Parissolo
1978PolymorphosesGalerie La Hune, Parissolo
1978Claude Lalanne, Les Sept Papillons d OrGalerie Artcurial, Parissolo
1977Les LalanneArt Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TXsolo
1976Domesticated Beasts and Other CreaturesWhitechapel Gallery, Londonsolo
1976Les LalanneMusee de l Abbaye de Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d Olonne, Francesolo
1976Les LalanneMusee des Beaux Arts, Agensolo
1976Les LalanneSara Gilat Art Gallery, Jerusalemsolo
1976Les LalanneGalerie Lithous Technis, Athenssolo
1975Les LalanneCNAC, Parissolo
1975F.X. et Claude LalanneMuseum Boymans, Rotterdamsolo
1974Les LalanneGalerie Alexandre Iolas, Parissolo
1974F.X. et C. LalanneRoyal Scottish Academy, Edinburghsolo
1973Les LalanneMaison de la Culture, Amienssolo
1972F.X. et C. LalanneMaison de la Culture, Amienssolo
1972Les LalanneGalerie Alexandre Iolas, Zürichsolo
1971Les LalanneGalerie Zoumboulakis, Athenssolo
1971Les LalanneGalerie Paul Facchetti, Zürichsolo
1970Les LalanneGalerie Alexandre Iolas, Parissolo
1970Les Tirages restreints de F.X. et Claude LalanneGalerie Alexandre Iolas, Parissolo
1970Les LalanneGalerie Alexandre Iolas, Milansolo
1970Les LalanneGalerie Alexandre Iolas, Genevasolo
1970Diner cannibaleEat Art Gallery, Dusseldorfsolo
1967Les LalanneGalerie Alexandre Iolas, New York, NYsolo
1967Les LalanneThe Art Institute, Chicago, ILsolo
1966Les LalanneGalerie Alexandre Iolas, Parissolo
1964ZoophitesGalerie J., Parissolo