GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN

Occupying a 300 sqm (3200 sq ft) space, rearchitectured by Jean Nouvel, in Paris’s Bastille neighborhood since 1989, Galerie Patrick Seguin has brought the talents of French interior designers such as Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand,Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier and Jean Royère into the international spotlight.

Patrick Seguin’s expertise has led for the gallery to become consultant for exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, MoMA in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rhein, the Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, and the Musée des Beaux Arts in Nancy, France.

The quality of the works selected by Patrick Seguin and their meticulous presentations have resulted in unique exhibitions in the design field. Present at all the major international fairs, the Galerie Patrick Seguin has presented 1950s design at the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, the Biennale des Antiquaires in Monaco, FIAC in Paris, DesignMiami/ and DesignMiami/ Basel.

At the same time, the gallery developed an editorial line of monographic books that accompany the exhibitions and works strenuously to promote the demountables houses of Jean Prouvé.


NEWS - HIGHLIGHT DESIGN MIAMI/ – JEAN PROUVÉ – UNIVERSITY DORMITORY ROOM, NANCY 1932

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In Nancy, in 1930, following a serious housing crisis, some university students were forced to exit their education. This gave birth to the idea of building an accommodation complex, so as to ensure undergraduates enough comfort and healthy conditions during their studies.
During the building process for ‘Cité Universitaire Monbois’, as designed by Jean Bourgon, the architect, Jean Prouvé successfully took part in the interior design competition. He was entrusted with the furniture for 70 individual rooms.
Each room included a BED, with or without headboard, a DESK and chair, an armchair and a SHELF, the whole being designed so as to be inexpensive, solid and at the same time easy to clean. These specifications in the 1930 invitation to tender, explain the almost exclusive use of metal plates and tubular steel, enameled in various shades of red.
The whole set of furniture was the first to be mass-produced for a public procurement contract. This first experiment characterized a new orientation for Ateliers Jean Prouvé – which was subsequently confirmed.
The ‘Cité Universitaire Monbois’ was inaugurated on November 6, 1932.

NEWS - EXHIBITION : “CARTE BLANCHE TO KURIMANZUTTO” – 23 OCTOBER- 26 NOVEMBER, 2014

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Ever since 2002 Galerie Patrick Seguin has invited, for the FIAC, an international contemporary art gallery, leaving them entirely free to organize an exhibition in a dedicated space. This is the ninth edition of Carte Blanche as organized by Galerie Patrick Seguin ; among participants : Gagosian Gallery, Paula Cooper Gallery, Massimo De Carlo, Sadie Coles HQ, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Hauser & Wirth, Jablonka Galerie,…

This year, during the FIAC and until November 26, Galerie Patrick Seguin is happy to welcome kurimanzutto gallery, with a presentation, for this exhibition, of a selection of works by Damián Ortega, Gabriel Kuri, Jonathan Hernández, Gabriel Orozco, Jimmie Durham, Gabriel Sierra and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
Starting from existing similarities in the practice of these artists, this exhibition unfolds around considerations on the themes of accessibility to the public, of restriction to domestic use, but also of travel experience, of exile and areas of conflict.

kurimanzutto was established in 1999, in Mexico City, with the aim of bringing together and supporting the work of a group of young artists, both Mexican and foreign. At the start, without a fixed exhibition area, kurimanzutto showed the various projects in a wide range of venues, such as a fruit and vegetable market, a movie theater, among other places, but always as a response to the specific needs of the artists as well as of the intended exhibitions. Later, and and in parallel with this travelling exhibition approach, a former warehouse was opened as a new venue for the Gallery ; without any predefined agenda, this space will also be used as a venue for exhibitions and as a studio by the artists.
In 2008 the Gallery was permanently established in its present premises, aiming to become a meeting place and a place for research and a welcoming home for artists ; this space is also becoming the main venue for the Gallery’s exhibitions and operations. Today kurimanzutto continues to unfold its ‘outdoor’ projects, notably in national and international Galleries and Museums.

NEWS - HIGHLIGHT – JEAN PROUVÉ – “READING CORNER”

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CORNER BOOKCASE, c.1942
The bookshelf designed for the new Cité universitaire de Nancy met the requirements for durability and economy laid down in the call for tenders in 1930. Like other items of furniture created for the same brief, it comprised a metal frame painted dark red with components in solid polished wood. This self-supporting unit was intended to hang on a wall or stand on the floor.
A few years later the principle was adapted to a bookshelf specially designed for Pierre Chartreux, owner of the Vauconsant firm to which Ateliers Jean Prouvé subcontracted the making of wooden furniture: three triangular bent steel uprights, whose upper edge was cut on a slant, held five angled wooden shelves, one of which was wider than the others and served as a writing table.


“CITÉ” ARMCHAIR, 1930
The easy chair created in 1930 for the new University dormitory in Nancy was the first small-series model to come out of the Ateliers Jean Prouvé. This model drew on Prouvé’s designs and prototypes for the mechanically complex, adjustable easy chairs taht were being individually made at the same time. This armchair met the requirements of a different market for « reading » chairs combining economy, solidity and easy maintenance.


GUERIDON BAS, 1942
Although they showed slight differences in size and detailing, the few examples of the guéridon bas marketed during the War already possessed all the characteristics of the model that went perfectly with the « Cité » Armchair.

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