Pianos by Artists

The Pleyel Company gives artists complete creative freedom on the piano, letting them use it as a means to give free reign to their imagination and transform this timeless instrument into a work of art. Each artist is encouraged to give his vision of music and the instrument by combining two universal languages: visual art and musical creation.

Smoke Pleyel by Maarten Baas

Smoke Pleyel by Maarten Baas

Edition: Carpenters Workshop Gallery / Pleyel

Limited series to 8 pieces

“Work-of-art” piano by Maarten Baas. Signed by the artist and stamped by Pleyel. Next available: N°2/8.

Co-edited by Pleyel and Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

Year of first production: 2013. Presented at AD Intérieurs exhibition in Paris and then at the PAD fair in London.

With this artwork, Maarten Bass metamorphoses a timeless instrument into a functional sculpture. Mixing music and visual art, the artist pays tribute to the burning passion that Frédéric Chopin brought to performances on his Pleyel piano (by now mythical in the world of music). It brings new definition to the poetic concept of the “beauty of imperfections”.
“Like all visual artists, I've always been jealous at the beauty of music. My work, especially Smoke, wants to find the soul of an object in a way music can touch you. Smoke is about redefining beauty and getting to the essence. The Pleyel piano is transformed, yet, it remains an instrument to be played. In this piece I want to let visual art and music come together.” Maarten Baas.
The piano has been partially burned with a blowtorch by the artist and then coated with a layer of black epoxy, as are the other iconic pieces of Baas’ “Smoke” Collection. Subjected to the same burning technique, the piano stool was upholstered with fabric custom designed by Pierre Yovanovitch and woven according to the exacting craft of Aubusson tapestry under the direction of the Gallery Robert Four (France).
Contrary to all appearances, the harmonic structure and tone of the piano have been preserved throughout the “carbonization”. It makes this surprising artwork a totally functional, vibrant and aesthetically provocative sculpture, also retaining its fourth dimension, the legendary clarity and nuanced richness of the Pleyel sound.

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Odalisque by Marco Del Re

Odalisque by Marco Del Re

Limited series to 8 pieces

“Work of art” piano by the artist Marco Del Re, produced by Pleyel in collaboration with Galerie Maeght (France). Signed by the artist and stamped by Pleyel. Next available: 1/8

Year of first production: 2012.

Whilst following traditional styles when working in his Saint Paul engraving workshop, he experiments with new techniques in his Parisian workshop in order to allow his creative talent to flow freely.
This liberty is visible in his lithographs, etchings and paintings. However, it is also expressed in other areas. "Odalisque" is the third Opus of the artwork of the artist Marco Del Re dedicated to Pleyel (after « Erato Humana Est » and « Cariatide »). The piano alludes to the artist’s three frescos in polychromatic plaster, three monumental masterpieces on musical theme placed in the symphonic concert hall, the Salle Pleyel.
Always searching for new ways of expressing tradition and modernity, Marco Del Re pays tribute with “Odalisque” to the history of art, to mythology and to music. For this piano, he uses experimental techniques of engraving on lacquer, enhanced with gilding with gold leaf.

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Cariatide by Marco Del Re

Cariatide by Marco Del Re

Limited series to 8 pieces

“Work of art” piano by the artist Marco Del Re, produced by Pleyel in collaboration with Galerie Maeght (France). Signed by the artist and stamped by Pleyel. Next available: n°3/8.

Year of first production: 2006.

This piano symbolizes Pleyel determination to sublimate the instrument beyond its instrumental qualities, incorporating the Arts and celebrating music.
Always seeking new forms of expression combining classical traditions with modernity, Marco Del Re, who has engraved a freed Cariatide in a lustrous black material, pays a tribute to the History of Art, mythology and music through this new piano creation.
“Thanks to the generosity of Lady Elgin, Caryatid has finally been freed from the unbearable punishment which the Athenians inflicted on her.
She has thus been able to take up dance and music again.” Marco Del Re.
This piano entered the fund of contemporary art of Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul (South of France) within the framework of the exhibition «Black is a colour - Tribute to Aimé Maeght" in June, 2006

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Erato Humana Est by Marco Del Re

Erato Humana Est by Marco Del Re

Limited series to 8 pieces

“Work of art” piano by Marco Del Re, produced by Pleyel in collaboration with Galerie Maeght (France). Signed by the artist and stamped by Pleyel. Next available: n°4/8

Year of first production: 2006 for the opening of the Salle Pleyel Concert hall.

This piano symbolizes Pleyel determination to sublimate the instrument beyond its instrumental qualities, incorporating the Arts and celebrating music.
“Tired of the lyre, Erato, the muse of music, came down from the Mont Parnasse.
Smitten with melody, she was overcome by the sound of the piano.” Marco Del Re.
Marco Del Re is an Italian artist who reconciles classical traditions with modernity, and who shares his vision of music with us through his work. His work is a voyage through different eras, where classical tradition mingles with modern painting. Marco Del Re’s world is a tribute to the History of Art, mythology and literature, embellished with own memory, which is what makes him so original.
Marco Del Re likes to work with highly skilled craftsmen in order to create new forms of expression that combine tradition with modernity: Nepalese paper, Ottoman kilims, wall-coverings for the Mobilier National, Limoges porcelain and, of course, the interior decor of the reception area of the Salle Pleyel with an eponymous monumental work in polychrome plaster and the first edition of the Pleyel Pianos Collection created by an artist. This piano is a manifesto which is echoing to the eponymous fresco of the Salle Pleyel.

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Muse by Marco Del Re

Muse by Marco Del Re

Limited series to 8 pieces

“Work of art” piano by Marco Del Re, produced by Pleyel in collaboration with Galerie Maeght (France). Signed by the artist and stamped by Pleyel. Next available: n°2/8

Year of first production : 2015

Perpetuating the tradition while working in Saint Paul's engraving workshop, Marco Del Re likes to work with craftsmen at the top of their know-how and thus to create new forms of expression. He approach experimental techniques in his Paris studio to give free rein to his creation.
Looking for new forms of expression, his work is a journey through different eras where classical tradition meets modern painting. The universe of Marco Del Re is a tribute to the history of art, mythology, literature, poetry embellished with his own memory which gives it its originality. For this piano, he uses the technique of engraving with gouge on a midnight blue lacquer, highlighted with gilding with fine gold leaf.

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Spacemeeting by Aki Kuroda

Spacemeeting by Aki Kuroda

Limited series to 8 pieces

Year of first production: 2007. Next available: 1/8.

Signed by the artist and stamped by Pleyel.

“Work-of-art” piano by the artist Aki Kuroda produced by Pleyel in partnership with Galerie Maeght (France).

Aki Kuroda is an artist with a multidisciplinary quality, who gives life to his works in highly elaborate scene designs. This piano is an echo to the artist’s art work “Cosmogarden”, a channel where music and light take place side by side, and a work that rests on the backdrop of the cosmic night, a night that spreads out like a flower, the cosmos where mankind’s silhouette can be perceived.
The brightness of the lacquer, stenciling, contrasting forms and colours enhance the graphic and poetic nature materialized by the flower and the body shape.
Spacemeeting is the result of spontaneity and movement of form sprouting from the lashes of the artist. The vividness of this piano, enhanced by its shine, proceeds from his vision – extremely serene but somewhat violent – of the universe.
The poetry of the flower Aki Kuroda is so fond of soothes the cosmic geometry of the lid and the presence of man in the universe.

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