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The Year Ahead 2023

The Year Ahead 

February 2023

It was a privilege this past year to gather at 30 West 12th Street for our first openings in nearly three years and welcome our vibrant, dedicated community back to the gallery. The vitality of the space depends so much on its visitors. Last year we presented over 10 exhibitions and fairs, further developed our Store Front series, and collaborated with new contemporary designers and artists. We are inspired when the public, gallerists and clients, objects and ideas, all come together in one destination.

We constantly strive to present our research and information in innovative ways. This year, we will be releasing a digital platform that highlights the connections between our roster’s designers and the larger French modern design movement. 

We will share recordings and videos from Suzanne’s historic first meeting with Maria Pergay in Morocco in 2004, and offer new perspectives on Pergay’s early 2000’s re-emergence within the design world.

Through documentation videos and as a complement to his ongoing Joseph-André Motte research, Stephane will introduce an important desk we will show at TEFAF Maastricht; a true masterpiece of steel and Macassar wood Motte designed for Mobilier national in 1967.

We look forward to sharing the scholarship and research that propel Demisch Danant forward with new digital tools and comprehensive exhibitions:

• This winter, we will present Modernity as a mission, a solo exhibition of the work of Jacques Dumond.

• In the spring, we partner with Paulin, Paulin, Paulin and Mobilier national on a collaborative exhibition showcasing Pierre Paulin’s perhaps lesser-known body of work from the 1980’s.

• This summer will bring a dual exhibition of the work of Olivier Mourgue in tandem with Alain Jacquet, highlighting the important dialogue between French art and design in the 1960’s and 70’s.

• Contemporary voices will continue to interact with our historical programming— artist, writer, and curator Su Wu will present her Store Front iteration in April, while renowned artist Bob Gober will curate a special exhibition for our A Specific Eye, Part 2 in the fall. In winter, we will welcome back designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for an exciting Made in Situ installation.

We are grateful for your enthusiasm and support of our program and look forward to seeing you for our Jacques Dumond exhibition in February.

Very best,
Suzanne and Stephane

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