GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN

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 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 architecture (demountables 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 awarded the title Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry 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 and David Kordansky Gallery.

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 - EXHIBITION: JEAN PROUVÉ, L’ÂME DU MÉTAL – CHÂTEAU LA COSTE

From November 25th, 2018 to March 5th, 2019, Château La Coste will be presenting the exhibition Jean Prouvé, l’âme du métal, featuring furniture and architectural elements by Jean Prouvé from Laurence and Patrick Seguin’s private collection.

Since the opening of their gallery in 1989, Laurence and Patrick Seguin have carried out promotional work aimed at rediscovering the oeuvre of Jean Prouvé (1901-1984), firstly through his furniture designs, then later through exhibiting particular examples of his architecture such as the prefabricated houses (6×6 and 6×9 Demountable houses, Ferembal house, Métropole house, Les Jours Meilleurs house, Bouqueval School, Villejuif Temporary School). During these thirty years, a large number of exhibitions in international galleries, museums and institutions together with the regular publication of books by the gallery have allowed Galerie Patrick Seguin to reveal the exceptional nature of Jean Prouvé’s creations. Recognized today as one of the central figures in the history of 20th century architecture and design, his work is included in many of the largest museums of the world and the most prestigious private collections.

Parallel to this work, Laurence and Patrick Seguin have built a unique collection of furniture and architecture by Jean Prouvé. Sixty of these pieces will be presented at Château La Coste in the exhibition pavilion designed by Renzo Piano. Furniture and architectural elements from the collection are for the most part prototypes, unique pieces, or extremely rare, notably : a Centrale table, Antony (1954), a table from Africa (1952), a Granipoli table (1939), a Présidence desk (1955), a lighted ramp from Le Mans (1954) and a swing-jib lamp from
Africa (1952), as well as various types of facades such as a porthole panel from the Casino de Royan (1951), a panel from the Fédération du Bâtiment (1949), and a sliding door from the Pavillon du Centenaire de l’Aluminum (1954). Laurence and Patrick Seguin will also lend a mobile by Alexander Calder and a gouache by Fernand Léger, both pieces offered by the respective artists to their friend, Jean Prouvé. A Richard Prince piece created from a Jean Prouvé original Antony Table will also be displayed.

There are numerous chairs in the exhibition (the different versions of the Standard chair from 1934 to 1953, the Antony chair (1955), the Cité chair (1932), the Visiteur Colonial armchair (1952), …), which sum up perfectly Jean Prouvé’s understanding and innovation in construction. The chair is certainly the element of furniture that presents the most constraints for its designer. It must meet both the imperatives of strength and ergonomics while preserving its aesthetic qualities, which are made possible by an imperceptible technical
execution that serves the strength of its materials. This principal applies to the ensemble of Jean Prouvé’s creations and is equally as relevant to his work in architecture.

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NEWS - Studio Prouvé – Monday 5 November, 2018 from 6 to 9 pm

In collaboration with the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, the Galerie Patrick Seguin will present STUDIO PROUVÉ, a public conference on architecture that will be live streamed from Jean Prouvé’s “nomadic” school, exceptionally assembled at Place de la Concorde.

On the occasion of the FIAC and its Hors Les Murs program, STUDIO PROUVÉ gives the floor to an emerging generation of architects, engineers and critics in order to consider the relationship between space and design techniques, processes of fabrication, structures and methods of implementation.

Public conferences will be live-streamed on pavillon-arsenal.com

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