In 2004, Arman wrote a hand written letter to Mr Jacques Chirac, the then President of the Republic, soliciting him to award me with the insignia of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, because, in his own words, I was instrumental in giving him the stability in his life to achieve the level of success he had gained in his artistic career.
Arman’s contribution to the art world community is immeasurable. He had been an inspiration to many throughout his career. He was a visionary, an innovator, a creator, a trail blazer, and not a follower. As such my mission is that of promoting and defending his work, his name, his honor and his many contributions.
In so doing, I will transform a portion of the home we shared together in the South of France into the Arman Foundation, which will keep his flame everlasting. This will be in recognition of his renown, and as a reminder to all of Arman’s remarkable influence and inspiration to younger artist today and for generations to come.
I am in the throes of working on the Arman Museum in Nice. Although he always said he didn’t want a mausoleum I am convinced this project will be a living, breathing homage to Arman at the level he would want. It will consist not solely of his works but of his universe of collections. I believe it is important to visit the many facets and dimensions of an artist, to better understand who they are and where they are coming from. Not only was he one of the greatest artists of our time, but he was also a humanitarian, void of egregiousness, and full of compassion for his fellow man.
My greatest wish would be to have exhibitions globally and semi-simultaneously to memorialize the 20th anniversary of his death, and thus keep the eternal flame alive.