67 x 147 x 93 cm (26 3/8 x 57 7/8 x 36 5/8 in.)

Through its unlikely juxtaposition of objects, the sculpture Rotor takes up one of the main themes in Jean-Luc Moulène's work: diversion. The reference to garden statuary clashes with the title of the work: "rotor" refers to the rotating part of a machine, such as the propeller of an aircraft. Here, the object’s functional and decorative aesthetics are inseparable from the simple observation of its uselessness.

Moulène may use a wide variety of media, but all of his works challenge codes and call their status as art into question. Already well known as a photographer before turning to sculpture in the 1990s, he takes pleasure in assembling eclectic objects and subjecting them to the process of erosion. No mortar binds the bowl, the female figure and the eagle that make up Rotor: the parts of this sculptural group look as though they are held together by gravity and friction alone.

Shown for the first time at the "Slip of the Tongue" exhibition at the Punta della Dogana (2015), Rotor is one of Moulène's most spectacular works in the Pinault Collection.