July 17, 2007 - mac musée d'art contemporain de Marseille - Toni Grand
July 17, 2007

Toni Grand

Toni Grand
Sans titre

02.02.1935 – 29.11.2005
30 June – 16 September 2007
Opening: Friday, 29 June, 7:00 pm

[mac]musée d’art
contemporain de Marseille
69 avenue d Haïfa – 13008
Marseille – France
Tel : + 33 (0)491 25 01 07
Open : Everyday 11am – 6pm.
Closed on Mondays and bank holidays
dgac-mac [​at​] mairie-marseille.fr


The [mac] has chosen Didier Larnac the director of the Fine arts school of Le Mans, a friend and gallerist of Toni Grand, to organise a tribute to this artist. His choice has been made through an peculiar perspective (point of view) to emphasize on the originality of this major sculptor of the 20th century. Didier Larnac offers to review three essential of his exhibitions : at the museum of Saint Etienne in 1976, at the musée d’art contemporain in Lyon in 1990 and at the Renaissance society in Chicago in 2000. Thanks to these exhibitions, Toni Grand questioned, among other themes, the pattern of the line in sculpture, what directions it points out, its displacements and movements in the space. Toni Grand was a precise analyst and talked with a great sense of humour. His students at the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Marseille appreciated this discreet and fascinating person. He used to work wood, stone, eels and congers (which only represented measures and gauging elements) with discipline and simplicity. His sculptures are in no way deceiving or mysterious, accordingly with his taste for transparency. He chose the materials he used all around his workshop at Mouriès in the landscape of the Alpilles where he loved to wander with his dogs.

Didier Larnac, Curator of the exhibition
Thierry Ollat, director of the [mac]
Toni Grand, Sans titre, 02.02.1935 – 29.11.2005 is accompanied by a souvenir book told by close friends and relatves entitled Toni Grand, la Légende, texts by Jean-Marc Andireux, Pierre André Boutang, Boris Charmatz, Françoise Cologan, Richard Deacon, Corinne Diserens, Michel Enrici, Eric Fabre, Amélie Grand, Julia Grand, Françoise Guichon, Didier Larnac, Joséphine Matamoros, Yves Michaud, Michèle Moutashar, Emile Noël, Thierry Ollat, Alfred Pacquement, Fredéric Paul, Patrick Saytour, Didier Semin, Marceau Vasseur, Claude Viallat.

192 pages, 20 x 24 cm, French and English, ill. Black end white and colour, 800 copies, Editions Analogues.

Toni Grand :
Born 1935 at Gallargues Le Monteux, Gard
Died 29 novembre 2005 in Arles, Bouches du Rhône
Lived and worked at Mouriès, Bouches du Rhône

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