Marta Pan

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Marta Pan discussing her work, 1995

Marta Pan (12 June 1923, Budapest — 12 October 2008, Paris) was a French abstract sculptor of Hungarian origin.

Early life[edit]

Marta Pan was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1923.[1] She studied art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Budapest.[1]


Pan's sculptures are highly concerned with balance, symmetry, and geometry.[1] She often created her works so that they were site-specific and worked with the surrounding environment.[1] In 1946 Pan moved to Paris, where she met Constantin Brâncuşi and Fernand Léger.[1] In 1952 she married André Wogenscky, who was a studio assistant to Le Corbusier.[1] Her early sculptures were highly influenced by the architecture of Le Corbusier.[1] In 1956, Pan created Le Teck, which consisted of two moveable parts.[1] The choreographer Maurice Béjart later created a ballet, also entitled Le Teck, inspired directly by Pan's sculpture.[1] Béjart's ballet was premiered on the roof of Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation building in Marseille, France.[1] Until 1960, all of Pan's sculptures consisted of this two-part construction method, which allowed one piece to be moved, thus altering the work.[2]


Pan died on 12 October 2008 in Paris, France.[1]

Public collections[edit]

Pan's work can be seen in a number of public institutions and locations, including:


In 2001 Pan was awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale award for Sculpture from the Japan Art Society.[1]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Marta Pan - Praemium Imperiale", Praemium Imperiale, Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Pan - Artists - Collection Societe Generale", Société Générale, Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Public ArtWalk Dallas", Public ArtWalk Dallas, Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Sculpture Flottante - Otterlo", Kröller Müller Museum, Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Marta Pan", Saint Quentin en Yvelines, Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Floating Sculpture no. 3", Lynden Sculpture Garden, Retrieved 23 November 2014.

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