Cassé - Collé



102 x 173 x 100 cm (40 3/16 x 68 1/8 x 39 3/8 in.)

Cassé-Collé (“Broken-Glued”), a smashed limestone block that becomes a mysterious conceptual sculpture, is the outcome of Hubert Duprat's long reflection on fragmentation and recomposition. Perforated by metal pieces, the several-ton rock was completely shattered before being put back together again. The visible cracks give the stone a real formal identity.

Cassé-Collé attests to Duprat's multidisciplinary approach. His sculptures break down all the traditional boundaries between scientific, social and artistic knowledge. This work is in the Cassé-Collé series, which lies between geology, archaeology a craftsmanship. It retraces the work of François Daleau, a mid 19th century palaeontologist and collector from Gironde who reconstructed fragmented flints. The artist continues his fascination with undoing and recomposing unity in the Coupé-Cloué series.

Cassé-Collé was shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection in 2015 during the exhibition "Slip of the Tongue" at the Punta della Dogana.