Serge Mangin:
Sculpture "Eva", Bronze

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Ars Mundi exclusive edition| Limited, 50 pieces | Numbered | Signed | Bronze | Patinated | Polished | Size 20 x 72 x 20 cm (W/H/D) | Weight approx. 10.5 kg

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Serge Mangin: Sculpture "Eva", Bronze

Edition in fine bronze. Cast lost wax, fine hand patinated and polished. Limited edition 50 pieces, numbered and signed. Size 20 x 72 x 20 cm (W/H/D). Weight approx. 10.5 kg. Exclusively to Ars Mundi.

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Porträt des Künstlers Serge ManginSerge Mangin was born in 1947 in Paris and lived in Germany since 1968. Serge Mangin is a sculptor - and as such a highly renowned artists whose statues and portraits in wood, stone and marble can be found in many collections and many places in public space in Germany.

Serge Mangin was internationally known especially for his portrait busts (including Ernst Junger, Luciano Pavarotti and Henry Miller) and through the established as Unity Memorial in Berlin portrait trio of Helmut Kohl, Mikhail Gorbachev and George Bush senior. In his Munich Studio, he create large sculptures, driven by the words of the artist according to the Greek "Kuroi" - naked, standing statues, which are for Mangin quintessential upright, free Greek citizen.

Mangin is a loner in the art world - on the one hand, because in principle he makes no exhibitions (“the Word Vernissage is bad for me"), on the other hand, because he sees his art as a "revolt of the beauty" against the economic decadence of modern art: "My statues are always, there are free people, no consumers. There are always for me is a type of resistance."

Mangin is also a draftsman and water-colourist. He sees his work primarily as sketches for searching idea for plastic motifs. The artist stressed that such preparatory work is precisely because they arise without "burdening forced" in a playful manner often have a convincing ease.

An alloy of copper with other metals (especially with tin) used since ancient times.

Bronze casting:

When casting bronze, artist usually applies the lost-wax technique which is dating back more than 5000 years. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

Sculpture "The Book Reader" by Ernst Barlachs is shown here as an example:

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture 'The book reader'

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 1

First, the artist forms a model of his sculpture. It is embedded in a liquid silicone rubber composition. Once the material has solidified, the model is cut out. The liquid wax is poured in the negative mould. After cooling down, the wax casting is removed from the mould, provided with sprues and dipped into ceramic mass. The ceramic mass is hardened in a kiln, and the wax flows out (lost mould).

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 2Now we finally have the negative form, into which the 1400 ° C hot molten bronze is poured. After the bronze had cooled down, the ceramic shell is broken off and the sculpture comes to light.

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 3Now the sprues are removed, the surfaces are polished, patinated and numbered by the artist himself or, to his specifications, by a specialist. Thus, each casting becomes an original work

For lower-grade bronze castings, the sand casting method is often used which, however, does not achieve the results of more complex lost wax technique in terms of surface characteristics and quality.

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Sand casting

Graphic or sculpture edition that was initiated by ars mundi and is available only at ars mundi or at distribution partner licensed by ars mundi.

A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.

Designation for an art object (sculpture, installation), which is produced according to the will of the artist in multiple copies in a limited and numbered edition.

Artist's multiple contributed to "democratization" of art as the work was made available and affordable for a wider audience.

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