Corso Como 10 – 20154 Milano
13.04.2000 - 22.04.2000
From 19:00 to 22:00
Meubles 1929 - 1958
thanks to gallerist Philippe Jousse, Paris
private collectors Azzedine Alaïa and Peter Tellini,
the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein
"Prouvé combines the soul of an engineer with that of an architect, or better yet the soul of a builder with that of an architect, for everything he touches and creates immediately takes on an elegant plastic form, with masterful solutions in terms of resistance and production.”
Jean Prouvé’s work made a profound mark on the twentieth century, both in the history of architecture and in the history of furniture. Despite the multifaceted and diverse nature of his work, he managed to impose a style of exemplary rigour, through ever-new research into construction procedures, never seeing any major difference between designing a chair or a building. Given that economical means and solid structures determine any building method, Jean Prouvé claimed mastery of technique and profound familiarity with materials above all.
The exhibition includes about 40 original pieces produced between 1929 and 1958, along with a selection of photographs, designs and documents of the day.
They are architectural elements, lamps and items of furniture, including some rare specimens such as the 1950 “Afrique” table; a rare folding chair of which only six were made, as a wedding gift for the designer’s sister Marianne in 1929; a table made for the 1952 Milan Triennial; a big wall-mounted bookcase dated 1958. A room from the “Cité Universitaire d’Antony” is also reproduced in the exhibition.
Galleria Carla Sozzani