Musée d'Orsay: Guimard


After the "re-discovery" of Hector Guimard (1867-1942) at the end of the 1960’s and on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of his death, the Musée d’Orsay presented the first monograph covering the whole span of his production. The exhibition set in perspective the notion of a "Guimard style", as the artist put it.

His ambition to achieve a "total art" that would associate architecture and design relied on three principles : an organic framework logic that applied to architecture, both inside and outside ; a functional adaptation to its destination, its physical and social background ; and the ability of the work of art to suggest an aesthetical emotion.

The exhibition was organised around the most characteristic achievements of the artist, which prompted a confrontation of graphical works - drawings, posters and leaflets, textiles - with three-dimensional objects : furniture, elements of architecture, artefacts. Moreover, it dealt with Guimard’s major preoccupations - certain types of lodgings (the suburban villa, the private mansion, the investment property, the standardised apartment block) and funeral architecture.


Philippe Thiébaut, curator in the Musée d’Orsaywith the support of the EDF Paris/Lyon foundationExhibition also presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et des Tissus (Lyon), from September 25th, 1992 to January 3rd, 1993

15 April - 26 July 1992
Musée d'Orsay

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