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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.

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.

HIGHLIGHT – LIBRARY TABLE WITH LIGHT, ca. 1963-64

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The latter comes from the famous chandigarh project. In 1947 with India’s independence, Nehru decided to commission a contemporary architect for the creation of the new capital of the Punjab region, soon to become Chandigarh. Le Corbusier’s project was meant to illustrate the bright future of this new country. The project also included the creation of all the furniture of administrative buildings and housing. For this creation Le Corbusier chose his cousin and lifelong collaborator, Pierre Jeanneret. Both of the architects-designers’ styles remained eminently modern yet respectful of Indian savoir-faire and craftsmanship.

INTRAMUROS PARIS DESIGN GUIDE 2015

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Established in 1989 in a 300sqm space designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, the gallery showcases the talent of French designers of the XXth century such as Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier and Jean Royère. Today, their creations are recognized as major contributions to the history of design. Along with a program of exhibitions devoted to architecture and furniture by these designers, the Galerie Patrick Seguin also invites, every year during the FIAC, international contemporary art galleries to exhibit in its space.

HIGHLIGHT – TYPE ANTONY BOOKCASE, 1954

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Jean Prouvé’s enduring interest in methods of storage was expressed in individual pieces of furniture – shelving, display windows, sideboards and closets – and interior fittings for both private and public commissions. 1954 saw the creation of a hanging «cabinet/bookcase» which combined the principle of the standard cabinet with that of the bookshelves developed shortly before.

Design Miami/ Basel 2014 – Pierre Jeanneret & Jean Prouvé – F 8×8 BCC House

From 16 to 22 June, on the occasion of Design Miami/Basel 2014, Galerie Patrick Seguin is pleased to present the unprecedented F 8×8 BCC House designed in 1942 by Pierre Jeanneret and Jean Prouvé.

The F 8×8 BCC House is the result of the collaboration between Pierre Jeanneret and Jean Prouvé and it is a perfect example of the practical application of the “axial portal frame” constructional system that Prouvé designed and patented in 1938. Adapted to the shortage of metal during the war, the F 8×8 BCC House was made entirely of wood.