From 24 September 2016 to 29 January 2017, the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design in Bordeaux (madd) will be playing host to more than 300 pieces from the Fonds national d’art contemporain, the National Contemporary Art Collection, which is held by the Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap).
This collection, one of the largest in Europe, contains some of the most significant works of contemporary designers, French and international alike.
This project is an opportunity to offer pieces of furniture and other objects the context which was originally theirs: a domestic world. The exhibition will thus be held in two venues, in two extraordinary houses.
One, the Hôtel de Lalande, built in the 18th century, which still has its original wooden panelling and parquet flooring, is a jewel of UNESCO’s Bordeaux heritage which houses the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design in Bordeaux. The other is a fine example of contemporary and private architecture, emblematic of a modern dwelling which reinvents the relations between exterior and interior, between space and function, and between property and furniture, just a stone’s throw from Bordeaux’s centre.
The pieces which will be exhibited have been designed for a use, and not to be isolated on a stand. To these items of furniture devised by designers the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design in Bordeaux offers areas which have a household scale. No sets, but an everyday mise en scène like presentation, in an old home, in the city, and in a contemporary home in the midst of nature. Two contrasting places, which have nevertheless been built with the same challenge: to accommodate a family and provide it with a living environment. In both cases, two centuries apart, the daily round has been cradled by objects, and the furniture has witnessed the goingson of life.
Today, these décors have been reinvented.
For the duration of the exhibition, these two dwellingplaces will become special settings for the contemporary pieces of the Cnap. When the moment came to choose them, the strength of the houses’ architecture imposed itself. The decisions made by the exhibition’s curators have been constructed in response to these precise contexts.
Presenting the Cnap collection in a private residence, where some rooms have kept their function since the building’s origins, and in a private home lived in by its owners, means above all lending a certain density to objects for which, too often, exhibitions only highlight their visual beauty. Once situated, their functional qualities are easier to grasp for visitors. We thus see how they create a particular atmosphere, and the extent to which they are the guarantors of the ambience of a space.
In these architectures, where contemporary pieces thus mingle with others, there will be novel encounters, temporarily creating pictures which will be at once domestic and unusual.
Juliette Pollet, Curator in charge of the Cnap design and decorative arts collection
Constance Rubini, director of the musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design (madd) à Bordeaux.
A + A COOREN
Erwan et Ronan BOUROULLEC
BULTHAUP DESIGN INTÉGRÉ
Kiki VAN EIJK
EL ULTIMO GRITO
GAROUSTE & BONETTI
Francisco GOMEZ PAZ
Marti GUIXÉ ROCA
H5 - François ALAUX, Hervé DE CRÉCY, Ludovic HOUPLAIN
Dick VAN HOFF
Ila BEKA et Louise LEMOINE
Michele DE LUCCHI
MUJI DESIGN INTÉGRÉ & Naoto FUKASAWA
Raphaël Raphaël PLUVINAGE
Pucci DE ROSSI
SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS
Oscar TUSQUETS BLANCA
Maarten VAN SEVEREN
VOGT + WEIZENEGGER
Herbert Jakob WEINAND
11:00 – 18:00
closed Tuesdays and bank holidays
Dernière mise à jour le 06 Feb 2017