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.
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.
These artists have all contributed to the discourse of contemporary art with their use of new or unconventional materials, techniques and forms. The artists are brought together because of the interest and tastes of the gallery’s owners; the unifying conditions of this group are the presence of a sophisticated visual language and conceptual rigor.
Luhring Augustine was founded in 1985 by Lawrence Luhring and Roland Augustine and since its early days has been at the center of the New York art world; conceptually by being the first to show many artists who have grown to become widely recognized, and physically from its founding location in the Fuller Building on 57th Street in Manhattan, to its tenure in Soho through the 1990s. Luhring Augustine was among the first galleries to open a gallery in Chelsea at the end of the 1990s and recently opened a second space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Since its inception the gallery has represented an international roster of artists whose practices are characterized by innovation in their chosen media, a dialogue with their historical antecedents and resonant influence over a younger generation of artists.
This exhibition is the latest in a series of annual shows at Galerie Patrick Seguin entitled « Carte Blanche », for which international galleries are invited to organize exhibitions.
Since 2002 the gallery invited 9 international galleries to exhibit: Jablonka Galerie (2002), Hauser & Wirth (2003), Gagosian Gallery (“Richard Prince” in 2008), Eva Presenhuber (2009), Sadie Coles HQ (2010), Galleria Massimo De Carlo (2011), Paula Cooper Gallery (2012), Gagosian Gallery (Calder/Prouvé in 2013), kurimanzutto (2014).