GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN

Founded in 1989, Galerie Patrick Seguin is located in Paris’s Bastille district in a 300 sqm (3200 sq ft) space, renovated by Jean Nouvel, a 2008 Prizker Prize winner. Since its opening, the gallery has brought the talents of French designers such as Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand,Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier and Jean Royère into the international spotlight.

With a particular specialization in the work of Jean Prouvé, Galerie Patrick Seguin works rigorously to promote both his furniture as well as his demountables houses.

As of today, the gallery has amassed the most important collection of these demountable houses, which for the most part are either unique examples or were produced in very few numbers.

The quality of the works selected by Patrick Seguin combined with his meticulous and informative presentations has resulted in unique exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Venice Biennale, and the Musée des Beaux Arts in Nancy, France.

The gallery has also published a series of monographic books that accompany the exhibitions.

In addition to featuring both Prouvé demountable houses and design exhibitions, the gallery invites an international contemporary art gallery to exhibit a “Carte Blanche” show in its Parisian space every year during the FIAC. Past exhibitions have included galleries Jablonka Galerie, Hauser & Wirth, Gagosian Gallery, Eva Presenhuber, Sadie Coles HQ, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Paula Cooper Gallery, kurimanzutto and Luhring Augustine.

In October 2015, Galerie Patrick Seguin opened a second space in Mayfair, London. The focus of this location, primarily devoted to the development of the architectural aspect of Jean Prouvé’s work, will rotate between exhibitions focusing on architecture, twentieth century French furniture, and contemporary art.


NEWS - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Galerie Patrick Seguin whishes you happy holidays!
The Paris gallery will be closed on December 25th, 2015 and January 1st, 2016.
The London gallery will be closed on December 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st, 2015 and January 1st and 2nd, 2016.

NEWS - DESIGNMIAMI/ 2015 – JEAN PROUVÉ, 4X4 MILITARY SHELTER, 1939

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From 2 to 6 December, on the occasion of DesignMiami/ 205, Galerie Patrick Seguin is pleased to present the 4×4 Demountable Military Shelter designed in 1939 by Jean Prouvé. In 1939 the preparations for the war effort provided Prouvé with just the right circumstances for getting his venture underway. General Dumontier, head of the 5th Army, ordered 300 small housing units for 4 to 12 people, to be assembled in record time. Adapting the external frame system developed for a holiday camp the previous summer, in only a few months the Ateliers Jean Prouvé turned out several hundred 4×4 meter connectable units, whose external bent steel frame, to be filled in with simple wooden panels, could be quickly assembled and demounted by two men. These “campaign buildings” followed the movements of the 5th Army during the first months of the War. In anticipation of finding other outlets, extra 4×4 buildings were made by the Ateliers Jean Prouvé, one of which was sold to the Ferembal plant in Nancy for use as a gatekeeper’s hut. Access to the premises was controlled from the hut with a bent steel drop-arm barrier also made by the Ateliers Jean Prouvé. For various reasons—shortage of materials, transport difficulties, bureaucratic stonewalling—this initial venture into mass production never matched Prouvé’s hopes for it. The disused Ferembal plant was demolished in the early 1980s, but fortunately Prouvé’s two buildings—the gatekeeper’s hut and the manager’s office—survived. Of the 300 or so 4×4 units manufactured in 1939, only the one that served as the gatekeeper’s hut on the Ferembal site is still in existence. It is shown for the first time at Design Miami/.

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