Post-War & Contemporary Art: Berto Lardera Collection

As part of its prestige sale on 9th June, the Post-War & Contemporary Art department will sell an exceptional set of works by Berto Lardera, an artist considered as one of the masters of sculpture from the second half of the 20th century. This collection will gather 16 sculptures and 14 large-scale collages by the artist.


Sans titre
Cuivre et laiton sur socle en bois, 157,50 x 145 x 24,50 cm   Estimation : 40 000 - 60 000 €
Berto Lardera (1911-1989)
Copper and brass on a wooden base
157.5 x 145 x 24.5 cm  
Estimate: €40,000-60,000

His œuvre
A French sculptor of Italian origin, Berto Lardera (1911-1989) drew his inspiration from the metal naval structures that he observed in the shipyards where his father worked. His work is composed of sculpture, forms, writing, and abstract principles. Lardera uses many different metals such as iron, copper, aluminium, and stainless steel. His technique consists of cutting shapes with tools without using chemical processes.


Exhibitions and public commissions
In 1948, he had his first exhibition at the Galerie Denise René in Paris. His works then joined important private collections such as those of Albert Langen and Franco Pensotti, as well as the collections of the greatest museums. Lardera also took part in major international events such as the Documenta in Cassel or the Venice and Sao Paulo Biennials.


During his career, Lardera has carried out several commissions which enabled him to integrate his monumental works into public spaces around the world: France, Germany, United States, Canada, etc. One of his most famous sculptures, entitled Rythme héroïque, was installed in Grenoble for the 1968 Winter Olympics.





Berto LARDERA  Sans titre - 1969 Collage sur carton, 65 x 50 cm   Estimation : 3 000 - 4 000 €
Berto Lardera (1911-1989)
Untitled, 1969
Collage on cardboard
65 x 50 cm  
Estimate: €3,000-4,000

An exceptional set
Following the sale of a monumental work by Berto Lardera in December 2020 at Artcurial (sold for €97,560), the collection to be dispersed on 9th June will highlight 16 sculptures and 14 large formats collages. The collection will also show the evolution of his career as a sculptor, his creative thinking, and the development of his style between 1942 and 1980. The sculptures, made of different materials, vary in size, with the tallest reaching 2.52 metres. The collages, dated from 1954 to 1979, are a privileged medium for the artist.














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From 20th May to 9th June 2022


Thursday 9th June 2022 at 4pm


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