Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne Exhibition to Feature Flora and Fauna Furnishings
The art world lost one of its brightest lights when Claude Lalanne died last April. But an upside of her passing has been a celebration and an increased exposure of her and her late husband’s work. During Art Basel Miami last winter, for instance, Interior Design Hall of Fame member Peter Marino and landscape architect Raymond Jungles transformed a plot of dirt behind the Raleigh hotel into a lush secret garden dotted with 32 copper and bronze sculptures by the French couple, known as Les Lalanne. This spring, “Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed” opens at the Clark Art Institute. The exhibition, in planning for years and reviewed with Claude while still alive, showcases 20 objects from across both artists’ long careers, which centered on morphing real-life flora and fauna into surreal and inventively new forms. Among François-Xavier’s animal-sculpture furnishings will be Claude’s innovative flatware and jewelry.