Chiguer art contemporain is proud to announce that, following its presentation in the Novalis Terra exhibition at Musée La Piscine – musée d’art et d’industrie André-Diligent in Roubaix, France, Laurent Craste’s Vase Saint-Sébastien III (2021) has entered the permanent collection of this prestigious institution.

“Perched on its marbled porcelain column, and recalling the figure of a Saint Sebastian martyred by the arrows of Roman soldiers, an Empire-style spindle-shaped vase seems to deflate as it is pierced by darts with wings stamped with the American flag. In this position, his gold palmettes, placed upside down, are more reminiscent of tears than of imperial symbols, and the whole of his figure expresses a moral as well as a physical collapse. Is this a metaphor for civilizational decline?”

Laurent Craste

Founded in 1835, the Musée La Piscine is a meeting place for the applied and fine arts. Comprising textiles, decorative arts, sculptures, paintings, ceramics and drawings, the institution’s collections include works by major 19th and 20th century artists such as Vuillard, Bonnard, Van Dongen, Rodin, Claudel, Picasso, Grüber and Gallé.

Laurent Craste, Vase Saint-Sébastien III, 2021, blue marbled porcelain, bright gold, glaze, darts,104,5 x 34 x 35,5 cm

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