‘Art’ – Yasmina Reza – 1994 – 30 – French

Title: 'Art'

Author: Yasmina Reza

Original language: French

Translation(s): 30 languages

Context: Art is a French-language play by the well known author Yasmina Reza. The play was premiered in Paris at Comédie des Champs-Élysées in the year 1994. Subsequently in 1996, the play ran in London and in 1998 it ran in Broadway. Main focus of the play is on the meaning of friendship to the man who purchased a painting and the two friends who come and see the painting.

Synopsis: The play also focuses on the meaning of friendship. The comedy play raises questions about friendship and art related to Yvan, Marc and Serge, three long-time friends. Serge has great penchant for modern art and accordingly indulges in purchasing an expensive and large fully white painting. The three friends have different opinions about what ‘Art constitutes leading to strained relations in their friendship. Caught in the middle of their conflict is Yvan who makes attempts to soothe and appease both Serge and Marc. The play is divided into sections ranging from 1 to 17 by Pigeat. Dialogues in the play vary with many of them being monologues where characters directly address the audience, some dialogues are between two characters and one is a conversation between all the three friends. Prominent on display is the large white painting in many of the scenes set at the flat of Serge.

Novels

1997 – Hammerklavier

1999 – Desolation

2003 – Adam Haberberg

2005 – Nulle Part

2005 – On Arthur Schopenhauer’s Sledge

2007 - L'Aube le soir ou la nuit

2013 – Happy are The Happy

2016 – Babylone

Plays

1987 – Conversations After a Burial

1980 – The Passage of Winter

1995 – The Unexpected Man

2000 – Life X 3

2004 – A Spanish Play

2006 – God of Carnage

2015 – Bella Figura

Screenplays

1983 – Till Night

2000 – Lulu Kreutz’s picnic

2011 – Carnage

As Actress

1982 – Let the Fat Cats Lift a Finger

1991 – Till Tomorrow

2001 – Faraway