1975-80, Violon brûlé et cassé, parties de violon et de violoncelle intégré dans du plexiglass, table basse et bronze poli, 126 x 80 x 70cm / violin burned, cello and violin parts integred n plexiglass, coffee table base and polished bronze, 49.7 x 9.8 x 9.8 ‘’ (signé « Arman » en bas à droite / signed « Arman » in the lower right corner)

Born in 1928, Nice, France.

Died in 2005, New York, New York.



Arman is most recognized for his contribution to the Nouveau Realisme movement, which represented France’s response to American Pop Art in the 1960’s.

After studying archeology and Eastern Art at the Ecole du Louvre, Arman began painting in a lyrical and abstract style. His work soon evolved into free-form sculpture, comprised of found metal objects, which the artist welded together. From 1959 to 1962, Arman developed his most recognizable style, based on two key concepts: "Accumulation" and "Poubelle". Both of these styles were influenced by the Dada concept of found-objects, most famously employed by Marcel Duchamp (Arman’s friend and mentor).

The artist was fascinated by the cycle of purchase and destruction, regulating the modern Western world. He wrote: “As a witness of my society, I have always been very much involved in the cycle of production, consumption, and destruction.” This fascination with the contrast between creation and destruction is one of Arman’s major themes, and is the underlying thread through his series of smashed musical instruments and pottery.

In 1961, Arman moved to downtown New York City, where he spent the rest of his life working in collaboration with other modernist artists, most notably Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, Daniel Spoerri, and William Copley.



Arman, de son nom Armand Fernandez, est né en 1928 à Nice.

Arman est plus connu pour sa contribution au mouvement du Nouveau Réalisme, qui représentait la réponse française au Pop Art Américain dans les années 60. Après avoir étudié l'archéologie et l'art oriental à l'Ecole du Louvre, Arman commença à peindre dans un style lyrique et abstrait. Ses œuvres évoluèrent vers la sculpture libre-forme, composée d'objets métalliques trouvés, que l'artiste soudait ensemble. De 1959 à 1962, Arman développa son style le plus reconnaissable, en travaillant avec deux concepts renommés : « L’Accumulation » et « La Poubelle ». Ces deux styles différents ont été influencés par le concept Dada « objets trouvés » employés par Marcel Duchamp (ami et mentor d’Arman). Dans son œuvre, Arman cherche à rapprocher l’art et la vie.

L'artiste était fasciné par le cycle d'achat et de destruction dans le monde occidental moderne, "Comme un témoin de ma société, j’ai toujours été très impliqué dans le cycle de production, de consommation, et de destruction." Cette création contre la destruction est l'un des grands thèmes d'Arman, elle est le fil conducteur de sa série d'instruments de musique brisés. Sa démarche plastique, l’accumulation d’objets rebuts ou usuels qui tente de s’approprier le réel, est une nouvelle approche perceptive de la notion de la réalité.

His work is deeply rooted in the material, material constantly questioned, searched ... which wishes to bring to a radical awareness of mass production in the consumer society. Arman marked the history of art through the destruction and accumulation, the repetition of objects which, by their shape and position, create a shock effect.

In 1961, Arman moved to downtown New York, where he spent the rest of his life until his death on October 22, 2005 working in collaboration with other modernist artists, including Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, Daniel Spoerri, and William Copley.




Artists on the Nowery part 4, Westwood Gallery, lower east side | New York | USA

Plastic World, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt | Germany

Marc Egger Collection, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus | Switzerland

Upcycling, Fleiss-vallois New York | USA

Risarcimento. per non dimenticare, uffizi galleries, the uffizi Florence | Italy

Noir et/ou Blanc, galerie 1900-2000 6e | Paris | France

Matter. Non-matter. Anti-matter. zkm | Center for Art & Media Karlsruhe | Germany

Merz! Flux! Pop! Henie Onstad art center Høvikodden | Norway


Not bronze, the mayor gallery mayfair | London | UK



Territories of Waste. on the return of the repressed, Museum Tinguely Basel | Switzerland

Eat, Sleep, Paint, Repeat, omer tiroche gallery, London Mayfair | London | UK

summer show, galerie leu munich | germany

En roue Libre, Musée de Grenoble Grenoble | France

Vedo Rosso, collezione giancarlo e danna olgiati Lugano | Switzerland

Merz! Flux! Pop!, Henie Onstad Art Center Høvikodden | Norway

Pop Art. from Warhol to Panamarenko. from the collection matthys-colle & S.M.A.K. S.M.A.K. Ghent | Belgium

Sculpture, Beck & Eggeling Dusseldorf düsseldorf | Germany

Hechinger collection: Select works, ia&a at hillyer Washington D.C. | District of Columbia | USA

Works on Paper. from the collection, Haus Konstruktiv Zürich | Switzerland

Accrochage, Galerie Boisséree Cologne | Germany

Against Apartheid, Galerie Boisséree Cologne | Germany

Zaat: Collectors Eye, fann a porter, Dubai | United Arab Emirates

Group Show, Ascaso Gallery, Miami | Florida | USA

European Art from the Permanent Collection, Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block Tucson | Arizona | USA

New Realism = New Perceptive Approaches of the Real, Galerie Vallois | Paris | France

Face to Face Galerie Christian Berst | Paris | France

Les Mauvaises Herbes Immanence, Espace d'art Contemporain | Paris | France




Arman: No Comment , Georges-Phillipe and Nathalie Vallois, Paris,  France



Collection: Cavalleria Eroica, 1987 Erected by Jing An District People Government , Shanghai, Taiwan

Arman: Layering , New Art: 38th Int'l Fair for Modern & Contemporary Art, Cologne, Germany



Arman: Arman , Museum of Contemporary Art of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Collection: Obelisk , 1983, (Towering accumulation of bronze cellos): Inducted into the Sydney and  Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden , New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana USA



Arman: Music , Kunsthaus Grenchen, Grenchen,  Switzerland 

Arman:  Monumental Work , City of Lavandou, Le Lavandou,  France 

Arman: Works on Paper , Villa Haiss Museum, Zell,  Germany

Arman: Fragments , Paris,  France



Arman, Fundaci ò “ la Caixa , Barcelona,  ​​Spain

Arman, Zürichsee Auktionen , Erlenbach,  Switzerland 

Arman: The Crossing of Objects , Palazzo delle Zitelle, Venice,  Italy 

Arman: Twenty Stations of the Object , Chantier Naval Opéra , Antibes, France

Arman: Works on Paper , Vila Zanders Bergisch-Gladbach,  Germany 

Arman: Through and Across Objects , Bocca Raton, Florida, USA

Arman: Vingt Si écles vus par Arman , Exhibition at Chantier Naval Opera, Antibes,  France



Arman , Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey,  Mexico

Arman , National Museum of History, Taipei, China

Anatomy of Tempo, Reggio Emilia,  Italy 

Werke auf papier , Ludwig Museum, Koblenz,  Germany 

Fragmentations , Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois Gallery, Paris , France 




Arman, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv,  Israel 

Arman , Museu de arte moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro,  Brazil

Arman, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), Sao Paulo, Brazil

Arman. Le Plein (Full-Up), Galerie Iris Clert, Paris, France

Arman. Les Accumulations, Galerie Iris Clert, Paris, France



Arman, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany



Arman: Starry Night, Museo Jose Luis Cuevas, Mexico City, Mexico



Arman: Transculptures, L'espace Fortant de France , Sète, France

Arman: Musée Royal de Mariemont, Mariemont-Chapelle, Belgium



Festival International D'Art Lyrique et de Musique D'Aix-en-Provence, Galerie de la Prévôté, Aix-en-Provence, France

La Ceramica di Arman, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, Faenza, Italy



Amsterdam Tour by Arman & Music by Arman, Reflex Modern Art Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Arman A Retrospective: 1955 - 1991, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA; travels to The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, USA

Arman A Retrospective: 1955 - 1991, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Arman, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy



Arman A Retrospective: 1955 - 1991, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA



Arman: Prints, Artcurial, Paris, France. Travels to Musée de l'Estampe et du Dessin, Mairie de Graveline, France



Arman: Pinceaux Pieges, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Nimes, France



Arman: Retrospective, Wichita State University, Ulrich Museum of Arts, Kansas, USA



Arman, Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, and tour to Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, Korea

Arman Aujourd'hui, Museum of Toulon, France



Arman O L'Oggetto Come Alfabeto:  Retrospecttiva  1955-1984, Museo Civico di Belle Arti, Lugano, Switzerland

Arman: Tools and Instruments

International art fairs