"Ateliers Jean Prouvé" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

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With all the excitement surrounding today's digital manufacturing technologies, it is interesting to look at an earlier historical moment of workshop mass-production, as practiced by the great French architect and designer Jean Prouvé (1901–1984). This exhibition examines Prouvé's collaborations within his Ateliers Jean Prouvé from idea to finished product. Equipped with a skilled creative team and the most advanced manufacturing technologies available, the Ateliers were laboratories where ideas were continuously refined and adapted to produce furnishings and prefabricated buildings on an industrial scale. The installation focuses on the evolution of the "Standard" Chair and includes other examples of furniture and buildings that demonstrate Prouvé's approach to construction and his sensitive handling of materials—particularly his inventive applications of sheet metal.

[Image: Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Nicolas Schöffer "Maison de la Tunisie Bench-Bookshelf" (1952) Lacquered steel, aluminum and pine 63 x 139 3/8 x 20 1/8 in. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Architecture & Design Purchase Fund]


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