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Marta Pan (1923 – 2008)


Marta Pan - Echalote 1949
Marta Pan - Charnière 1952
Marta Pan - Cylindre 5, 1968

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Born in 1923 in Budapest, Marta Pan settled in Paris in 1947. In 1952, the married Le Corbusier’s closest associate, the architect. André Wojenscky. It is not surprising that under their influence, each of her sculptures seems to create a refined architectonic space. From her first works, morphological forms appear and take on the appearance of shells, fruit and vegetables such as l’Echalote [The Shallot] of 1949, a small masterpiece of the exhibition. Later she developed an original style by dividing a piece, each half of which fits perfectly into the other. Her strange multiplied forms, her interlocking elements and yawning gaps give a disturbing impression of a body without a face. This theme of Hinges is magnificently illustrated here by a terracotta from 1952. By continuing her study such as in Le Teck [Teak] of 1956 (a sculpture in teak wood, hence the title), movement intervenes to give life to an articulated work. Maurice Béjart made this the principal character of his ballet premiered in Marseille at the Festival of Avant Garde Art.  In Marta Pan’s work, it is often the material that induces the form of the sculptures, such as in Cylindre of 1968 where altuglas  plays with the light and transparency. This small piece is a light trap that allies sensuality and purity, a feeling for the secret and obvious nature of forms. In this translucent jewel like in all her projects, Marta Pan is a carver, goldsmith, carpenter as much as a sculptor. As always, the material used is often original, always impeccable in its handling.


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