The musée des Beaux-Arts presents the first exhibition that brings together architect and designer Sylvain Dubuisson, and the sculptor trained in architecture, Vincent Barré. This event, a true immersion of the two artists in the museum and its collections, invites visitors to stroll through the various rooms to discover the personal or common works in architecture, sculpture, objects, drawings, photographs and films, the various expressions of their inventiveness set up in space and staged. Many every-day objects such as lamps, desks, plates, candelabras, tea pots, serving dishes, glasses, spoons, a ring, a bed, a clock and mirror are revisited, shaken, treated with colors and innovating materials, and their poetic resonances accentuated.
Vincent Barré, from architecture to sculpture
Vincent Barré, born in 1948, was sensitive from his early childhood to architecture and sculpture. He studied at the school of Beaux-Arts of Paris in 1967, completed this with teachings by Louis Kahn in Philadelphia in 1973, and practiced architecture until 1982. He then turned to sculpture and has dedicated himself entirely to it, as he also teaches it at the school of Beaux-Arts of Paris. He uses various techniques in his workshop in Saint-Firmin-des-Bois, in the Loiret: the melting of iron and aluminum, direct wax, cut up steel pieces, ceramic or mono-types. His work wavers between figuration and abstraction, meditation and action, and in doing so seeks to represent «forces rather than forms.»
Sylvain Dubuisson, from architecture to design
Sylvain Dubuisson, born in 1946, the winner of the Grand Prix national de Design in 1991, studied architecture in Belgium and since the 1980s has developed work inspired by literature, with a great eclecticism of forms, of materials and prints, going from unique pieces all the way to industrial productions. He was introduced into the world of design in 1984 with his lamp Beaucoup de bruit pour rien(A lot to do about nothing), he reached international fame in 1990 with his creation of the bureau du ministre de la Culture, Jack Lang (the desk of Jack Lang, Minister of Culture). Sylvain Dubuisson worked with the Beaux-Arts museum in Rouen for the first time in 1994, when he was commissioned to create a monumental Lustre (Chandelier) for the staircase of honor.
From the City to the Body
Ingenuous sequel and The Smile
Armchair, pedestal table, 2006
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© Musées de la Ville de Rouen, C. Loisel
The museum is divided into twelve sections: City, Eroticism and martyrdom, Marriages, Time, Vanities, Light and love, Architectures, Trips and thoughts, Eat, Urbanity and memory, Rest, Body. The exhibition allows for an encounter between sculpture, its physical relation with matter piercing through, and design, which materializes a line, a concept. It is drawing, the most essential artistic expression, that crystallizes the point of encounter between these two personalities, both starting with architecture, to then fulfill their profession through very varied - be it surprising- techniques and materials. This is the story of design and sculpture, the story of two men, friends for the last forty years, hungry for literature and space, constructions and dreams, who constantly enrich one another through the other's critical and benevolent eye.
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