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Founded in 1989, GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN is located in Paris’s Bastille district in a 300 sqm (3200 sq ft) space, architectured by JEAN NOUVEL, a 2008 Pritzker 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 architecture (demountable houses). As of today, the gallery has assembled 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 2017 Patrick Seguin was named Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture. The decoration was awarded to him by Mr. Jack Lang, former Minister of Culture.

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, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Sadie Coles HQ, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Paula Cooper Gallery, kurimanzutto, Luhring Augustine, Karma, Ivor Braka, Campoli Presti, David Kordansky Gallery and Gavin Brown’s entreprise.

 



NEWS - DESIGN MIAMI/ PODIUM X SHANGHAI/ until Nov. 14, 2021

On the occasion of DESIGN MIAMI/ PODIUM X SHANGHAI/, Galerie Patrick Seguin presents a fine selection of works by JEAN PROUVÉ.

This first collectible design event in Asia, coinciding with Shanghai ArtWeek, will take place within the beautiful No. 1 Waitanyuan venue.

Under the direction of locally based Curatorial Director Aric Chen working in tandem with Deputy Curator Violet Ruhui Wang, our Shanghai debut will explore the theme of Wu Gan: The Art of Design. Including rare and exceptional 20th-century and contemporary design and art, the exhibition will highlight the connection between objects and environments and the aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual experiences they impart.

According to Chen, “Throughout most of Chinese history, little distinction was made between what we now consider to be the separate fields of art and design. It was only with the Industrial Revolution in the West that design became conflated with mass production, form, and function—a constraining definition that has once again expanded in recent decades, alongside definitions of art. By underscoring the narratives, processes, and ideologies.

No. 1 Wai Tan Yuan
No. 33 Zhongshandongyi Road, Bund 33
Shanghai

NEWS - Pavillon de l’Arsenal

This Thursday, 21 October, Paris’ Pavillon de l’Arsenal gallery opens ‘L’Empreinte de l’Habitat’ (‘Housing footprint), an exhibition of a hundred years of architectural projects, among which are some that owe their reputation to the architects’ understanding of how to take into consideration the impact of their creations on the surrounding environment.

Among the great architects highlighted in this exhibition, JEAN PROUVÉ and PIERRE JEANNERET are represented, thanks to the participation of Galerie Patrick Seguin, by the 1942 BCC demountable house, archetype par excellence of the different architectural experimentations in lightweight structures in industrialized countries.

Carbon imprint, diminishing quantities of natural resources, and limited space, were all considerations that Jean Prouvé and Pierre Jeanneret managed to incorporate at the heart of their continuous research to improve their constructive systems.

Between 1941 and 1943, limited availability of steel led Jean Prouvé and Pierre Jeanneret to respond to the demand for housing with a version made primarily in wood. The use of the axial portal frame, designed by Jean Prouvé in 1938, allowed for great freedom in spatial organization within the structure by freeing the home of predefined partitions. This ingenuity made it possible to optimize the use of a material by changing the way an existing technology was exploited.

The BCC demountable house designed in 1942 by Jean Prouvé and Pierre Jeanneret holds an important place in the quest for lightweight and modularity in the new ideal of housing between the 1920s and the 2020s.

NEWS - FIAC DESIGN 2021

In the context of Fiac from October 21 to 24, the GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN presents a selection of iconic pieces by JEAN PROUVÉ, CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, PIERRE JEANNERET, LE CORBUSIER and JEAN ROYÈRE.

Being concerned with coherence between form and function, and wishing to exclude any superfluous detail, JEAN PROUVÉ, CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, PIERRE JEANNERET and LE CORBUSIER gave birth to modern furniture and architecture, anticipating the new ways of life which became widespread as the 1950s approached.

Thus the pure lines of the bookcase type Antony (one of the 150 examples made for the Cité Universitaire of Antony near Paris), of a Guéridon GH11 which was part of the collection of Jean Prouvé’s daughter, Françoise, surrounded by three black Métropole chairs, or of Charlotte Perriand’s Forme Libre low table, exemplify this new spirit through their elegant simplicity. In the same manner, the furniture created by Pierre Jeanneret for the City of Chandigarh, such as the elegant Sofa and armless Easy chairs, or again this very rare copy of Le Corbusier’s Diabolo floorstanding uplight , testify to the constant modernity of these creations.

By contrast, countering the prevailing rigidity with whimsicality, humor, metaphor, and color, JEAN ROYÈRE juggled blithely with the lessons of functionalism, as illustrated in the majestic 8-branched Bouquet ceiling lamp and a Visiteur du Soir Chair.

NEWS - Take a virtual tour of 5 Jean Prouvé demountable houses

Take a virtual tour of 5 Jean Prouvé demountable houses reassembled in South of France in the middle of a forest of cork oak trees!

JEAN PROUVÉ came to architecture indirectly: driven by his creative spirit to come up with technically innovative components, and aided by the faith a number of architects had in him, he quickly moved into designing whole buildings and honing new construction procedures. The virtues he stressed -lightness, mobility and demountability- enabled him to respond to the post-war emergency housing programs with a view to producing permanent accommodations.

6×6 and 6×9 demountable houses, 1944
At the end of WWII, the Ministry of Reconstruction commissioned Jean Prouvé to design moveable pavilions as temporary housing for those who had lost their homes in eastern France. The area of 6×6 meter laid down by the Ministry of Reconstruction, and later enlarged to 6×9 meter, was partitioned into three rooms immediately habitable on the day of assemblage.

8×8 demountable house, 1945
In 1945 Jean Prouvé considerably improved the basic principle of his war homeless housing and developed an 8×8 meter house -which axial portal frame allowed all sort of variations- based on a 4 meter grid adapted to the capacity of the press at Maxéville. Only two prototypes were made.

Maxéville Design Office, 1948
Intended as a demonstration model that would convince the public of the virtues of prefabricated housing, this semi-metal house was a copybook piece, however it failed to find the success that had been hoped for. This example was set up at the Maxéville plant, where it became the Ateliers Jean Prouvé Design Office.