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De la Chine aux Arts Décoratifs : l’art chinois dans les collections du musée des Arts décoratifs
February 13th 2014–January 11th 2015

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Brûle-parfum en forme de gui couvert, Chine, dynastie Qing, période Qianlong (1736-1796)
Emaux cloisonnés et champlevés sur cuivre
Dépôt public Fondation Salomon de Rothschild, 1923
Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris
© Les Arts Décoratifs / Photo : Jean Tholance

For the first time, the De la Chine aux Arts Décoratifs exhibition is revealing the exceptional quality and scope of Les Arts Décoratifs’ collection of Chinese d’objets d’art. The fruit of acquisitions made in the first decades after our institution was founded, and of gifts and bequests by generous collectors, this remarkable ensemble reflects the fascination for Chinese art in France, principally in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. The interest of these donors in the art of China, and more broadly the Far and Near East, often stemmed from their fascination for certain techniques and materials, and for their forms and decorative motifs. The pieces on display reveal exquisite skills and plunge us into the fascinating, intriguing universe that revitalised the French ornamental vocabulary, from the first World’s Fairs until very recent times.

Today, our knowledge of Chinese culture enables us to regard these objects in a different light, that of their meanings and uses, and to more fully understand the interest that the Chinese themselves have shown in them down the centuries. It is these dual points of view that we have tried to bring together in this exhibition which is organised within the context of France Chine 50 -

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In the Toys Gallery

Les jouets en bois suédois
June 19th 2014–January 11th 2015

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Camion de pompier, fabriqué à partir de 1949, Brio Leksaks- fabrik (depuis 1884), fabricant, Suède
Bois, métal, caoutchouc, corde, plastique
© Brio Lekoseum / photo : Carl-Johan Nilsson

“Wood makes essential Objects, Objects for all time.” Roland Barthes, Mythologies, 1957.

In 1987, the musée des Arts décoratifs’ Toy department showed the wooden toys from all countries and all times exhibition, and in 2010 we invited Vilac to celebrate its 100th anniversary: two exhibitions telling the story of the use of wood in different Cultures and Traditions. Organised by the Bard Graduate Center in New York, the Swedish wooden Toys exhibition explores Swedish play culture via a selection of more that 250 toys and documents from the sovrintendenza capitolina ai beni culturali di Roma capitale in Rome, the Brio Lekoseum at Osby in Sweden, and the musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris.

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Recto Verso : 8 pièces graphiques
May 21st 2014-Ferbuary 1st 2015

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Les Arts Décoratifs is inviting eight french graphic designers: Akatre, Jocelyn Cottencin, Helmo, Christophe Jacquet, Fanette Mellier, Mathias Schweizer, Pierre Vanni and Vier5. The Recto-Verso. 8 pièces graphiques exhibition explores the problematic relationship between the graphic designer’s commissioned works and personal projects, and thus also between fine art and applied art. In short, is the graphic designer essentially a communication technician or an artist? By definition multiple and designed to be shown in a public space, a commissioned graphic object (poster, document, etc.) runs counter to the criteria defining a work of art. Yet since the early 2000s graphic design is no longer solely a practice reflecting on-going economic and cultural developments but is regarded by some of its actors as an area of critical hybridisation between visual communication and contemporary art. Each of the eight graphic designers will use a room in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in their own original way, showing both commissioned works and personal projects: posters, performances, videos, photographs, installations, comics strips and artistic collaborations in creative fields as diverse as dance, literature, fashion and music. The joint presentation of these two “categories” of work shows how their mutual porosity will eventually result in the construction of a single artistic and formal universe.

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