28/04 – 20/08/2018 – CENTRE POMPIDOU-METZ
The Centre Pompidou-Metz launches Modern Couples, an exhibition dedicated to the historical creative duos from the beginning of the XXth century.
Through a broad mix of visual arts, architecture, design, cinema, and literature, the masterpieces from Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Charles and Ray Eames or Nelly von Moorsel and Théo van Doesburg gives an essential highlight to the evolution of societies and thoughts while unveiling unknown figures and collaborations. The exhibition explores the creative processes and artistic approaches which interact and evolve within the intimacy of a twosome to give us a broader understanding of Art History and the soul and fringes of its essential movements. The very idea of modernity, as impacted by social, artistic and technical evolutions, is reviewed here through the prism of the couple.
For that occasion, la Maison Pierre Frey has opened its rich collection of archives. We lend several pieces that belonged to Djo-Bourgeois couple to the Centre Pompidou-Metz, taken from Maison Lauer heritage that la Maison Pierre Frey acquiered in 1995.
Georges, best known as Djo Bourgeois, is an interior decorator from the 20s/30s. He becomes famous with his interiors designs of shops, apartments and villas, such as some of the rooms of the well-known Villa Noailles in Hyères, France. Elise, his wife, is a designer of textiles, wallpapers and rugs. As one of the closest contributor to Djo’s work, her geometrical patterns are without contest a characteristic touch and identify their style. Together, this french couple distinguish themselves through their visionnary and truly modern approach.
The lended pieces of la Maison Pierre Frey gives a true eloquence to their work : an old lookbook of rugs photos shows their graphic compositions in spaces; the textile samples , representing 5 of Elise Djo-Bourgeois’s drawings in several colors, bring the photographies we have from their spaces alive with strength and brilliance. Finally, la Maison Pierre Frey has edited again one of the archives, especially for the exhibition. Intitled «djo», the fabric will be used as a separative curtain for the scenography.
(the re-edited archive for the curtain of the exhibition)
© images credits : Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine du Ministère de la Culture diffusion RMN, Fonds Forney, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Dorothée Demey
Modern Couples, from April 28 to August 20 2018
curated by Emma Lavigne, Jane Alison, Elia Biezunski, Cloé Pitiot. In collaboration with Barbican Centre, Londres.
Centre Pompidou-Metz, 1 Parvis des Droits de l’Homme, 57020 Metz – Galeries 2 & 3
Open from wednesday to thursday 10am – 6pm and from friday til monday 10am – 7pm. Closed on tuesday.