For the new edition of the Pavillon des Arts et du Design, the Galerie Plaisance proposes a stroll through the arts of the XXth century, from «modernist» Art Deco to the «chic» 70s. The works presented are living proof of the artistic qualities of each period and the creativity of the designers and the decoration houses.
A sphere shaped painting
Chronologically, the stroll begins around 1918-1920 with a surprising, monumental painting by Boleslas Biegas, the artist of Polish origin. Taken from a rare series of works, called Titan Nébuleux, this painting in the shape of a «sphere» was inspired to him by his research in Cosmology. It is an important work, contemporary of the other avant-guard movements, Cubism and Futurism, and unveils the artist's universe, that is as mysterious as it is impossible to decipher.
Modernism of the thirties
Modernism of the 1930s is represented by a creation of the famous decoration house D.I.M , Décoration intérieure moderne. This is an imposing series in palm wood that gains all its preciosity through the line, the design and the finesse- as well as the rare character- of the wood used. They chose one of their greatest decorators - Marc Du Plantier and one of his most beautiful creations to represent the 1940s: a desk in parchment and bronze, a unique piece, made in 1936, in which Marc du Plantier perfectly synthesizes the sophisticated simplicity that is so typical of him.
Illustration : - Marc du PLANTIERParchment and leather covered flat desk, towards 1936. Dimensions: L: 171 cm x H: 75 cm x P: 75,5 cm.
A screen by Janine Janet
Twenty years later Janine Janet was already a well-known personality. One could admire her window installations for Balenciaga, Dior or Givenchy, In June 1956, the Christofle gallery on rue Royale dedicated an exhibition to her Les Féeries naturelles de Janine Janet (Janine Janet's natural extravaganzas). Visitors discovered, next to works by Gilbert Poillerat, decorative creations in celamine and natural materials in the panlame - rigid leaves in vinyl between which one could incorporate ornamental elements. Visitors will be lucky to discover on the stand of Galerie Plaisance the large four-leafed screen that decorated the window of that exhibition
Jansen and Bernard Dunand
The last part is dedicated to the 1970s. While Design and serial fabrication were the norm, certain artists and manufacturers tried to resist by designing furniture in which traditional manufacture and uniqueness primed over economic concerns. A group for the home by Jansen, in association with Bernard Dunand, the lacquerer, was chosen to represent this last period. Once again, these are unique pieces by the materials used and the remarkable woodwork, and they demonstrate the resistance of decorative arts.
Illustration : Maison JANSEN. Lacquered wall panels in walnut and steel, by Bernard DUNAND, in 1970. Dimensions: L: 223 cm x H: 119 cm
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