He is best known for his “accumulations” and destruction/recomposition of objects. Arman’s first major inspiration in his artistic career was by an exhibition of the German Dadaist Kurt Schwitters in 1954. From 1959 to 1962, Arman developed his most recognizable style, beginning with his two most renowned concepts: “Accumulation” and Poubelle” (“trash bin”). Accumulations were collections of common and identical objects, which he arranged in polyester castings or within Plexiglas cases. While the “Poubelles” were collections of strewn refuse.
His work was exhibited in Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1964); Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1966); Palazzo Grassi, Venice (1967); Modern Art Museum, Stockholm (1970); Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas (1986); Ludwig Museum, Germany (2000-01); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010-11).