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March 2010 : the Bibliothèque Nationale de France purchases a work made by Ian Hamiltom Finlay for the BNL MTL 1998



On the occasion of the first Biennale de Montréal in 1998, Ian Hamilton Finlay created a work, which was presented, at the time, as a poster on the city's public billboards. The text was "La révolution devrait faire pour le peuple ce que le cubisme a fait pour le couteau, la fourchette et la cuillère" or "Revolution should do the people what Cubism has achieved for the knife, the fork and the spoon".

To help finance this project, Finlay had produced 75 copies of a screen-printing carrying the same text. This work has been purchased by several institutions including the Cirque du Soleil in Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada, the Tate Gallery in London and, just recently, the Blibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris. Private collectors have also bought copies.

In spite of the artist's death in 2006, the remaining copies have been sold since 1998 at the initial price of $ 650 for an unframed print and $ 725 for a framed one. In order to sell the remaining ones at their fair market value, it has become necessary to raise the price, which, as of May 15 will be $ 950 for an unframed copy and $ 1 000 for a framed one.

Should you wish to buy a copy before May 15, you may still get it at the original price of $ 650 unframed, and $ 950 framed.

Finlay is a well-known contemporary artist who is internationally recognized. One of his recurring themes, the Past, was a constant source of poetic and philosophical inspiration. As a poet and a sculptor, the Scottish artist began to compose poems, which he inscribed into stone, incorporating these sculptures into a neo-classic environment. This kind of "poem-object" features in the garden Little Sparta that he created with his wife, Sue, on their property in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh. Words, slogans and phrases thus became sculptures incorporated into a natural environment. Ian Hamilton Finlay was born in Nassau, Bahamas, in 1925. He lived and worked in Scotland until his death, on March 27, 2006. He is still represented by the Victoria Miro Gallery of London.

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Ian Hamilton Finlay
LA RÉVOLUTION DEVRAIT FAIRE POUR LE PEUPLE CE QUE LE CUBISME A FAIT POUR LE COUTEAU, LA FOURCHETTE ET LA CUILLÈRE
1998
Screen printing on Rives paper
121,9 cm x 96,5 cm
Until May 15, 2010 : $ 650 unframed ; $ 950 framed
After May 15, 2010 : $ 725 unframed : $ 1 000 framed