Revisiting the Works of Gérard Koch

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Revisiting the Works of Gérard Koch

September 20, 2016

From September 21-October 20, Columbia Global Centers | Paris hosts an exhibit dedicated to the works of sculptor Gérard Koch. Curated by the artist's family in association with The Friends of Gérard Koch and Tschann Libraire, the exhibit highlights Koch’s large-scale sculptures and mural works, including his iconic “Chute Libre,” as well as smaller drawings and forms.

A long-time resident of Montparnasse, Gérard Koch studied under Ossep Zadkine and Emmanuel Auricoste in the 1950s and apprenticed at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. He later traveled through the United States as a Ford Foundation laureate and was invited to teach by the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Ann Arbor.

In later years Koch abandoned figurative art, as well as traditional sculpting materials, inventing a new abstract language inspired by music and musical partitions.

Gérard Koch died on March 31, 2014, at the age of 88. Through the end, he continued his artistic activity at his atelier at the Cité des Arts and his home on rue de la Grande Chaumière across from Reid Hall.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. To participate in a guided visit, please contact:  paris.cgc@columbia.edu