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Memorial for Arman, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France - (2006-11-21)
 

Corice Canton Arman and Madame Claude PompidouOn November 21st, 2006, an overflow crowd of over five hundred gathered at the Centre Pompidou in Paris to honor Arman and to remember him with warmth and humor as a great artist, humanitarian, friend, father and husband. Madame Claude Pompidou, former First Lady of France, accompanied Corice Arman, Arman's widow, and together they led a group of dignitaries into the hall, including Catherine Grenier and Olivier Kaeppelin from the Ministry of Culture, Bruno Racine, the president of the Centre, and Alfred Pacquement, the director of the Musée national d'Art moderne.

The evening of spoken tributes, live music, and poetry readings featured a series of distinguished speakers who paid homage to Arman's daring in life and art. Among the guest speakers were the novelist Umberto Eco, art dealer Pierre Nahon and writer Jeffrey Robinson. A letter sent by French President Jacques Chirac praised Arman for “...his emblematic work in our era, his universal spirit, his authenticity, his exceptional generosity…”


As beautiful and moving as were the spoken tributes, poems and music, the final words of the Memorial were fittingly left to Arman. As the program came to an end, there once again was Arman, filling the screen, beaming with joy and vitality as he looked on one of his pieces in his New York studio.


“I'm still a child,” he told an interviewer at one point in the film. “I'm so happy to do what I love to do in my own time, in my own place.”

 
 
 
 
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