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Mixing visual art and high-end instruments, Pleyel proposes one-of-a-kind artworks, with the piano as a base for expressing creation. A collection of Pleyel pianos with a strong artistic identity has been launched in 2005 thanks to the partnership with Galerie Maeght. Then, in 2013, Pleyel produces with Carpenters Workshop Gallery the Pleyel Smoke Piano metamorphosed into a functional sculpture by Maarten Baas.

The Smoke Piano was born by the meeting, initiated by Pierre Yovanovitch, between the designer Maarten Baas represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery and the house Pleyel. She gave birth to a magic instrument, the “Smoke Pleyel Piano”.

This unique grand piano, transformed into a work of art by the artist has placed in the center a staging combining classic great taste with contemporary creation. He embodies the will of Peter Yovanovich to abolish space-time through a rigorous aesthetic and sensual imposing itself as a universal music.

“ALTHOUGH THE PIANO IS TRANSFORMED, IT IS NONETHELESS AN INSTRUMENT THAT WE PLAY. THROUGH THIS PIECE, MY INTERVENTION AIMS TO BRING TOGETHER THE ART AND MUSIC”

Maarten Baas.

With this project, the artist pays homage to Chopin’s piano, the legendary piano Pleyel, by adding his definition of beauty made of imperfections. The piano is burned with a blowtorch and covered with black epoxy, as are the iconic pieces from the “Smoke” collection.

Treated with the same technique of burning, the piano stool was lined with a weaving pattern unpublished imagined by Pierre Yovanovitch and made according to the technique of Aubusson tapestry by Robert Four Gallery.

“THE PLEYEL SMOKE PIANO WILL BE PLAYED BY A PIANIST WHO WILL GIVE FULL MEANING TO THIS INSTRUMENT-KING DURING THE DURATION OF THE EXHIBITION”

Maarten Baas

Contrary to appearances, the harmonic and acoustic structure of the instrument has been preserved from carbonization, which allows this piece, true Functional sculpture, vibrant and aesthetic, to preserve its fourth dimension: the timbre and the colorful sound of a Pleyel Smoke Piano.


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