If sculpture is a millenary art that has left us many remains over centuries and even millennia, Contemporary Art marks a new impetus as much in the forms and in the techniques and materials used by the artists. Throughout the world, we have seen a revival of sculpture through simple monumental works. Coming from exhibitions and shows, barely representative, they are the emblems of a new world destined for gigantism. Sculptural art was also widely feminized in the 20th century.
Alberto Giacometti, Walking Man (1966)
Among the most remarkable contemporary sculptures, one cannot pass silently the tortured works of Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). His famous bronze Walking Man,
1966, is known worldwide. This statue is exhibited at the Giacometti Foundation in Paris.
Jeff Koons, Rabbit (1986)
Born in 1955, the American artist Jeff Koons was successful in the 80s with sculptures of a new kind that brings objects of everyday life into the artistic concept, like its famous cast-iron Rabbit of 1986, a true icon of the end of the 20th century which made the tour of the world.
Louise Bourgeois, Spider (1996)
Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) will have left some of her monumental sculptures, especially one bronze Spider, which reached record highs with an auction of 28 million dollars in 2015.
Anish Kapoor, Sky Mirror (2001)
The English visual artist born in Bombay, India in 1954, Anish Kapoor, shows a singularity in his works. Some of his sculptures, like the Sky Mirror, are recognized as contemporary sculptures of purification, sobriety and light.
Niki de Saint Phalle, Nanas (1966)
Recognizable at first glance, the monumental sculptures of Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), her famous Nanas, bring a new look on female plastic. All round and brightly colored, they mark undoubtedly one of the major works of the XXème century.