Antoine Poncet Swiss, b. 1928


Poncet is an abstract sculptor in the tradition of Jean Arp and Constantin Brancusi.  Many of Poncet’s forms are derived from nature and are pared down to display the beauty or voluptuousness of a form or the essence of a movement. His sculpture shows distinct similarities to the work of Jean Arp, with whom Poncet worked closely from 1953-1955.


Poncet believes that movement is essential in good sculpture, and he strives for a breathless balance in his work, so that as you look at it, you feel that with a gentle push, the piece would fall. As Poncet explained:


The movement is essential in my quest. Everything is moving in nature, in life. We must go all the way, trying to search the balance. Maintaining this balance is essential for the sculpture…


Venice Biennale, 1956, Prix André Susse Prize

Galerie Iris Clert, Paris, 1956 (solo)

Biennials of Antwerp

Symposium of Sculpture, Manazru, Japan, 1966

Salon de Mai, 1969

Fondation de Coubertin, Saint-Rémy lès Chevreuse, 2009

Monumental Works

Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut

Crédit Lyonnais, New York

E.N.A., Paris

Embassy of Switzerland, Beijing

Foundation Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

Gant Glove Ltd, New Haven, Connecticut

Garden of the Palais des Congres, Montreux.

Gianadda Foundation and City of Martigny, Switzerland

Marina Center, Singapore

Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

Northwesten University

Oxford Chemical Society, Atlanta, Georgia 

Place des Bergues, Geneva

Polytechnic School, Saclay (the Essonne)

Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

Sun and Surf Residence, Palm Beach, Florida

Swiss Atlantic, Lausanne Switzerland

Teaching Hospital, Geneva

University of Besancon (Doubs)

University of Lausanne, Dorigny (C.M.)

Museums and Public Collections

Collège de Sceaux

Lycée de Saint Brieuc

Swiss Atlantic, Lausanne

Lycée de Rueil-Malmaison

Collège de Laon

École Polytechnique, Saclay

Residence Sun and Surf, Palm Beach, Florida

Oxford Chemical, Atlanta

Gant Ltd., New Haven, Connecticut

Lycée d’Albi, France

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Marina Center, Singapore

Université de Besançon

Stanford University, Stanford, California

Kitchen of Sarah Lee, Deerfield, Illinois

Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

Crédit Lyonnais, New York

École Nationale d’Administration, Paris

Connecticut College, New London

Lycée de Villefranche-sur-Saône

Ambassade de Suisse, Beijing, Chine

Place des Bergues, Genève

Jardin du Palais des Congrès, Montreux

Université de Lausanne, Dorigny

Siège de la Société Dumez, Nanterre

École Polytechnique Fédérale, Dorigny

Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny

Ville de Martigny, Suisse

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Havre

Museum of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Museum of Modern Art, New York

J.C. Hirschorn Collection, Washington, D.C.

Université de Chicago, Illinois

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris

Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Suisse

Fine Arts Museum, Toronto

Art Institute of Chicago

Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne

First National Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Musée d’Art Moderne, Milan

Musée de la Ville de Pau

Museum of Open Art, Hakone, Japon

Musée de Jérusalem

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