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1967 Renault 4 par Arman - No reserve For Sale by Auction

For sale by auction 13 September 2020 - Collection André Trigano by Artcurial Motorcars

French title
Chassis no. 5549471

- A unique work
- Only 875 km from new
- One of the very first "Art Cars"
- No reserve

In 1967, the magazine Réalités organised an exceptional fundraising event for the French Foundation for Medical Research. It asked five artists each to personalize a car from five leading manufacturers prior to their sale in aid of the Foundation: a Daf for Carlos Cruz-Diez, a Simca 1000 for Agam (Yaacov Gibstein), an Opel Kadett for Victor Vasarely, a Matra 530 for Sonia Delaunay and a Renault 4 for Arman (Armand Fernandez). It is the last of these which we present today.
Arman (1928-2005), best known for his "accumulations", chose to cover the Renault 4 with drawings of … a Renault 4, explaining: "The 819 Renaults lined up on the body symbolize the theme of accumulation. (…) Nowadays, man no longer shapes objects, he distils them. They become a part of him, they are born, decay and die in a cycle imitating our own. I didn't want to transform my car into a museum exhibit. It remains usable in all weathers. (…) The transfers were adapted accordingly, glazed and baked in the oven. The bodywork was designed to last like this for ten years."
It has greatly exceeded this, the artist's work having survived unscathed for more than 50 years. Admittedly, the car has hardly been driven, with just 875 km from new, and is therefore in immaculate condition. "We didn't want to damage the motifs", explains André Trigano, who bought the car at the time at an auction of paintings organised by his son Patrice, now a renowned gallery owner. "I never buy paintings, but when this car was presented, I couldn't stop myself from raising my hand. As the buyers in the room weren't really interested in this distinctive car, it didn't sell for a high price, and my son was as surprised as anyone by my purchase. I wanted to show him that art could interest me too, provided it related to cars!"
In a way, this Renault 4 was one of the very first "Art Cars", a genre which Hervé Poulain would make famous with the works of art produced for the cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, starting with Calder's BMW in 1975 and including Arman's own Venturi 600 LM (La Reptuile) in 1994. Of the five cars from the competition run by Réalités, Sonia Delaunay's Matra 530 is one of the best known, so it is interesting to turn the spotlight on this Renault 4, embellished by the master, along with César, of the avantgarde artists known as the "New Realists" around the critic Pierre Restany. Unique and perfectly preserved, it expresses the premonition of an artist looking at the modern world and will surely interest lovers of art as much as cars.


We inform buyers that all the vehicles in the collection have been little used during the last years as they are part of a museum collection. They are sold as presented and therefore require recommissioning before being driven on the public roads.

Estimate: 30 000 - 60 000 €

© Peter Singhof

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