A Collector's Apartment, Paris, 1960
Preview: March 14 – 15, 2019
March 16 – 24, 2019
Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Center, Forum 100
For TEFAF Maastricht 2019, March 16- 24, Demisch Danant presents A Collector’s Apartment, Paris, 1960 inspired by a late 1950s interior design environment: A modern apartment in Paris, designed by the young and talented designers of the time, such as Geneviève Dangles and Christian Defrance, Pierre Guariche, Janette Laverrière and Michel Mortier.
In addition to French furniture and lighting from the late 1950s and early 1960s, A Collector’s Apartment also features artworks by artists of the same generation, who emerged during the “seconde école de Paris” in the late 1950s, and worked primarily in Abstraction, the period’s most important and predominent style. Abstract sculptures in iron or steel by César, Albert Féraud, Michel Guino, Philippe Hiquily and Vassilakis Takis are presented in conjunction with paintings by François Arnal, Olivier Debré and Christian d’Orgeix.
Exhibition highlights include a unique Desk (1958) by Dangles and Defrance commissioned by M and Mme Burov in 1958 for their Parisian home. Couple Dangles and Defrance were some of the most prolific and well-known designers of their generation, and from 1957 to 1977, produced some of the most innovative seating of the era. The couple designed the Burovs’ entire new Parisian home, including all furrniture and seating. The exhibition also features Pair of Chairs (1961) by Janette Laverrière for a collector’s apartment in Neuilly-sur-Seine, and SF 103 Triennale Chair by Michel Mortier, similar to the one exhibited at French Pavilion, XII Triennale di Milano, 1960, Palazzo dell'Arte, Milan.
A Collector’s Apartment is a continuation of the gallery’s year-long program devoted to collecting—a series of exhibitions, publications, and talks that explore connoisseurship, the aesthetic experience that transforms a ‘buyer’ into a ‘collector’, and the impact that obsession, research, taste, and personal stories ultimately have upon the process of shaping collections.