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Philippe Hiquily

sculpture, metal, erotism

(Paris,1925 - Villejuif, 2013)

Philippe Hiquily

After winning the Sculpture prize of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, to work Neptune in 1953, Philippe Hiquily left school the following year along with Caesar, Albert Feraud and Michel Guino.

The same year, he met Germaine Richier, who encouraged him in his work and commissioned his bases for her own sculptures. She will introduce him to the art critic Alain Jouffroy and allow him to enter the Salon de Mai of which she is co-founder along with Alfred Mannessier and Gaston Deihl.

In 1955 he exhibited at the gallery Palmes in Paris and New York in 1959 where he was critically acclaimed. There in New York meeting Rauschenberg, De Kooning, Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Jack Kerouac and Marcel Duchamp and presented him to Tinguely.

In his exhibition at the Galerie du Dragon in Paris, he meets Marie Laure de Noailles for which he created his first piece of furniture, a table whose top is in porphyry. Noticed by Henri Samuel, Hiquily began a long collaboration with prestigious clients such as the Rothschilds, the Broglie, Countess Van Zuilen and also Bobby Haas.

From 1960, he creates furniture, furniture for the dreamlike and surreal mind. The creation of bronzes begins around 1980.

Philippe Hiquily sculptures are characterized by a pervasive eroticism, it translates into a smooth universe complemented with elements from nature (antennas, horns, insect legs ...). He works mainly from recycled materials.

Hiquily has refused to bind to any movement. Surrealism seems yet mark his work. Using junk the close of the New Realism although he did not give the material the importance given to it this movement. With its mobile sculptures, it was also located precursor Cinetic Art.

His works are in the collections of MOMA and the Guggenheim in New York, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal, the Museum of Modern Art in Havana, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum Art Moderne in Saint Etienne.

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