During the year 2016, the architectural work of Le Corbusier was recognized as World Heritage of UNESCO. For the Biennale des Antiquaires 2017 at the Grand Palais, François La anour, presents a speci c scenography in tribute to Le Corbusier.
It will feature an exceptional sculpture by Le Corbusier surrounded by important pieces by Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Pierre Jeanneret.
Charles-Edouard Jeanneret known as Le Corbusier (1887-1965) is identi ed above all as an architect, through all his international work that has recently been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage. He was also a great painter who was the leader of the Purist movement. From his furniture, there are very few pieces edited. Most of them are editions made from the 1920’s to 1950’s, which are added furniture designed for special orders, often in series.
After exhibiting two rare tapestries designed around 1950, the gallery exhibits the sculpture ‘Ozon Opus I’, made in 1947 and kept in the family of his cabinetmaker and friend : Joseph Savina. Polychrome wood, monogrammed and dated, this masterpiece is named as the Pyrenean village: Ozon, where Le Corbusier had step down in 1940. Jean Prouvé (1901-1984), broad mind, both engineer and builder, worked on the industrialization of prefabricated building elements. He was also very interested in creating furniture that is functional and accessible to everyone, creating standard furniture as well as special orders. A oor bookcase designed in 1951, forming a desk for Villa Dollander, will be presented. Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999), one of the main gures of 1950s design, a free and committed woman, was devoted to creating furniture combining modern lines with traditional materials and techniques. One of its agship furniture: the table of «Free- form» of which a model is exposed. It belonged to a great architect of the Reconstruction, which acquired it in 1960 from the Steph Simon gallery.
Several iconic pieces by Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967), Le Corbusier’s right-hand man but also his cousin, and also contemporary pieces, such as a sculpture by Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) or lighting by Serge Mouille (1922-1988) are exhibited.
All the pieces will be presented in a very attractive setting, in the architectural tradition that has made the reputation of the displays at Downtown gallery.
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