Art and packaging

Whether by taste or by necessity, artists have, since modern times, readily resorted to recycled materials, especially those from the world of packaging and transport. As early as the 19th century, oil paintings on cardboard appeared – a less expensive medium than canvas, allowing for quick pochades on the spot.

In the 20th century, the notion of reuse, of recovery, became predominant and a catalyst of inspiration. We see it in Picasso who, from 1912, abandons traditional sculpture and begins his series of Guitars, innovative assemblies of “poor” materials: wood, cardboard, that. He was then followed by Henri Laurens and Picabia, who in turn composed assemblages in the same spirit.

Later, in the tradition of Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades, Warhol imposed his Brillo Box laundry detergent cartons and other transport packaging for Campbell’s Soup or Kellogg’s Corn Flakes in the 1960s, which he erected as works of art. The packaging was thus perceived as an artistic practice in its own right, and Warhol invited the viewer to change his or her perception of these boxes, which were destined for transport and then for disposal. This change of perception is such that they thus switch from low art to high art, from modest art to great art, from the utilitarian to the creative via pop art. Produced between 1974 and 1987, Warhol’s Times Capsules series goes even further, with a surprising sequence of 612 moving boxes, filled with various personal souvenirs of the artist, methodically classified by theme, and then closed and sent to a warehouse.

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César Baldaccini

Compressed corrugated cardboard

Kevin ROUILLARD

Extract (metal sheet, crash) (2)

Benjamin SABATIER

IBK’s Box XIII

Benjamin SABATIER

IBK’s Scotch Tower XII

Vincent MAUGER

La chose et son objet

Rodrigo MATHEUS

SOFT BRUTALISM

Ghada AMER

Untitled

Osvaldo GONZALEZ

Chapel of Reconciliation

Richard FAUGUET

PPE (Picasso pour enfants – Picasso for children)

Andie GRANDE

Composition

Daniel Firman

Raw

Mark Dion

Water Fawl / Water Foul

 Bordalo II

Pastic Elephant

Wallen Mapondera

Members Only (Private Party)

Fabio VIALE

Arrivederci e grazie

Jef Aérosol

Bandana

Valery KOSHLYAKOV

Poséidon

Valery KOSHLYAKOV

Iconus 1

Sarah CAIN

Untitled (Barefoot)

Andrea Bowers

Marianne is a Transfeminist

Pierre Daquin

Interface #9

Juliaan Andeweg

Al-Kdhir

Jacques Clauzel

Untitled

Jorge Luis Hernandez POUYU

La Estación Roja

Arthur DJOROUKHIAN

Love

Mâkhi XENAKIS

Les créatures bleues

Caroline Achaintre

Mollon

PIERRE RIBA

VAGUE DE LUNE

PIERRE RIBA

PETIT MATIN

PIERRE RIBA

STELE A LA LUNE ROUSSE

Danielle Prijikorski

UNTITLED

Danielle Prijikorski

UNTITLED

Danielle Prijikorski

UNTITLED

Danielle Prijikorski

Untitled

Alexis Hayère

MASKING TAPE

Arne QUINZE

Africa electronica

Paul Wallach

Seuil

Malvina SILBERMAN

Série Céline Carton “Sans titre”

Joris Van de Moortel

A room full of OSB

Joris Van de Moortel

Scale model

Kirill CHELUSHKIN

Blue Bridge

David KRACOV

Pushing the envelope

 AJER

You can see infinity

Cátia ESTEVES

Gota C

Antoinette OHANNESSIAN

J’écoute la radio

Rafael BARRIOS

Vertical dislocado en tres tiempos

Mireille Vitry

Resurgence 1

Mireille Vitry

Emergences 2

Jean-Pierre SCHNEIDER

Cartons 27 VIII 03

Jean-Pierre SCHNEIDER

Le carton du 15 X 03 2/2

Jean-Pierre SCHNEIDER

Le carton du 27 XI 03

Jean-Pierre SCHNEIDER

Le carton du 15 X 03 1/1

Jean-Pierre SCHNEIDER

Le carton du 30X04/ à l’ordre du jour 30×04

Noëlle ROUDINE

Vague à l’âme

Dimitri Tsykalov

Head

Adeline Ternant

Board Scratcher

Francisco Salazar

Construction dans le vide n°8

Manuel Merida

Circulo Europeo

Pierre Laniau

Untitled

Jean-François Auber

Untitled

Jean-François Auber

Papillote

Jean-François Auber

Remix 08-19

 Guacolda

Broderie contemporaine

Michael Delucia

Pyramid

Patrice Pantin

Empreinte de sable

Pierre Antoniucci

Bois

Philippe GELUCK

Christo

Odile de FRAYSSINET

Grise cet été

Nathalie Elemento

État d’éveil

Nathalie Elemento

État de veille

Nathalie Elemento

Medjid HOUARI

La sérénité

Marc Bourlier

Série Pictogramme – Pictogramme n°30 2/2

Marc Bourlier

Hommage au micro-sillon n°31

Boulier Bourlier

Hommage au micro-sillon n°23

Yves HELBERT

The Attic

Pierre Antoniucci

Le tube

 Ciris Vell

Eclipse grise / Ascension

Louise NEVELSON

Untitled

Laurent Baude

Série Tapage nocturne 2/2

Laurent Baude

Série Tapage nocturne 1/2

Laurent BAUDE

Ableau

Laurence JENKELL

Bonbon européen N° 1264

Gabrielle WAMBAUGH

Tas

Eva JOSPIN

Forêt 12

Cole MORGAN

What pink Does IV

Claude VIALLAT

PP008

Claude VIALLAT

PP007

Claude VIALLAT

Rencontre d’atelier Exemplaire 19

Christian RENONCIAT

Carton déchiré en deux

Bernar VENET

Livre Noir

 ASHLEY

Le livre

 ASHLEY

Le baiser des tabourets

Antoni TÀPIES

Deux noirs et carton

Bernard PRAS

Mappemonde RAJA

Antoine SCHNECK

Centre de distribution RAJA

 TAKA

Composition n°852207

Dominique De BEIR

Il fait grand bleu

Rodrigo MATHEUS

Breeze

Stéphanie-Maï Hanuš

Robe noire du Chaman Zita-Niya

Thomas LEROOY

Souvenir

David SCHERER

They triple play

Christian RENONCIAT

Grande enveloppe

Emmanuel RÉGENT

Décisif

Yrjö EDELMANN

Stringed night parcel

 Women's Collective

Recycsac Plasticipatif

Stéphane CIPRE

Dream Pack

Marc BOURLIER

Série Pictogramme 1/2

Jaildo MARINHO

Palette

Peter Klasen

Volant Corrosif/ Inflammable/ F4V/ C.4

Ivan Sigg

Créateur-Partisan-Concubin

Gabrielle Wambaugh

Bubble rap

Pauline Fillioux

Un jour ou l’autre