Philippe Hiquily Dreams of Metal

Metal sculpting and recovered materials for an oneiric and surrealist esthetic. 

Born in Paris in 1925, Philippe Hiquily is a French sculptor and designer. He was just 18 years old when he joined the French Resistance with his father, before enrolling in the Leclerc division and heading to Indochina. Upon returning to Paris, he studied sculpture at the Beaux-Arts, spending his time in the company of Jean Tinguely and Germaine Richier, at their studios, and completing his degree with honors.

In 1955, Hiquily had his first show at the Palmes gallery in Paris. He went to New York in 1959, and met Léo Castelli and Rauschenberg, the latter having a major role in pushing his work to the right audience, which then made its way into the collections of the MoMA and Guggenheim. 

He started creating furniture in the 60s, stretching materials to allow for movement and lightness. 

In the 80s, his creations clearly bore Alexander Calder’s influence, pushing him to explore mobility and balance. By incorporating electrical motors in his pieces, the artist shook the general comprehension of what traditional sculpture might be.