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 2018 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 enterprise.
Galerie Patrick Seguin is thrilled to announce the opening of “JEAN PROUVÉ: CONSTRUCTIVE IMAGINATION”, an exhibition co-curated by Galerie Patrick Seguin and Tamotsu Yagi Design at the MOT museum, Tokyo.
Organized thematically, the exhibition will feature over a hundred pieces of emblematic furniture and architectural works along with archival material. It will gather pieces from the collections of Yusaku Maezawa, Patrick Seguin and Tamotsu Yagi and of the Prouvé family.
From July 16th to October 16th, 2022
MOT Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
4-chōme-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0022, Japan
For the sixteenth edition of DesignMiami/ Basel, GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN is delighted to present a selection of JEAN PROUVÉ’s projects of demountable architecture, including the iconic 1948 Croismare Ecole de verrerie (school of glassmaking).
In 1937, encouraged by new measures taken by the French Government in favor of holidays for the working classes, Jean Prouvé boldly launched himself into the market of small, prefabricated leisure constructions, lightweight and movable. Thus ensued numerous architectural projects such as the BCC demountable house (1941), the 6×6, 6×9 and 8×8 demountable houses (1944), the Croismare training centre (1948), the Bouqueval school (1950), and the Better Days house (1956).
Thanks to their adaptability and their creator’s powers of anticipation, Jean Prouvé’s buildings and architectural elements, which were mostly designed to be temporary, mobile or modular, are just as relevant today as models of sustainable building.
The creation of the Croismare training centre, whose school is partially reconstructed for DesignMiami/ Basel, was instigated by glassmaker Paul Daum and carried out by the Glassmakers’ Union in order to ensure the future of the industry by training a quality workforce.
This building is the most imposing central portal frame realisation ever produced by the Ateliers Jean Prouvé.
The 255m2 (2745 sq. ft.) building numbers seven central portal frames, over 3 meters high, and two external walkways that derive their elegance from the slenderness of the tubular portal frames.The facade panels, solid or glazed, give rhythm and contrast.The monumental entrance canopy in folded sheet steel is an autonomous module supported by two struts, key elements in Prouvé’s work.
The Croismare school is one of the finest examples of Jean Prouvé’s constructive thinking and unites in a single project all the fundamental principles of his buildings.
The reconstruction will include the impressive canopy, the glazed double entrance door, as well as four majestic portal frames, which will stand proud. This installation is completed by an information wall presenting nine other constructions by Jean Prouvé, as well as iconic pieces of his furniture.