The MAD (Musée des Arts Décoratifs), supporting a major institution

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Nave of the Arts Décoratifs, Paris © Olivier Thomas
Nave of the Arts Décoratifs, Paris © Olivier Thomas
Support of the « L’Esprit du Bauhaus » exhibition, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2016-17 © Luc Boegly
Support of the « L’Esprit du Bauhaus » exhibition, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2016-17 © Luc Boegly
Support of the « L’Esprit du Bauhaus » exhibition, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2016-17 © Luc Boegly
Support of the « L’Esprit du Bauhaus » exhibition, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2016-17 © Luc Boegly
Support of the « Animal » exhibition, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010. Photo: Armand-Albert Rateau, lawn chair for the terrace of Jeanne Lanvin, 1925 © DR
Support of the « Animal » exhibition, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010. Photo: Armand-Albert Rateau, lawn chair for the terrace of Jeanne Lanvin, 1925 © DR
Support of the « Animal » exhibition, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010. Photo: Wieki Somers, teapot, 2004 © DR
Support of the « Animal » exhibition, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010. Photo: Wieki Somers, teapot, 2004 © DR
Since its creation in 1982, the Arts Décoratifs in Paris has been showcasing its collections of furniture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, toys, fashion, textiles and advertising, which date back to the Middle Ages and up until the present day. A celebration of everyday beauty, at four museums and a school.

The Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs (UCAD) was founded in 1882, by a group of designers and industrialists wishing to promote the ‘beauty and usefulness’ of the applied arts, in opposition to the prevailing – and wholly reductive – distinction between the ‘minor arts’ used in everyday decor and the ‘major arts’ of sculpture, painting and architecture. 

In 1905, the UCAD moved to a wing of the Louvre on the Rue de Rivoli. It would spend the rest of the twentieth century enriching its collections and expanding its actions. The institution has become a centre for reflections on our evolving lifestyles, offering permanent exhibitions and a teaching programme. Visitors can thereby choose to discover the works of contemporary designers or to learn more about artistic practices by attending the Ateliers du Carrousel workshops. Meanwhile, the institution’s temporary exhibitions each focus on a key figure or theme, as with Philippe Apeloig’s Typorama exhibition, an exploration into thirty years of creative output by the graphic designer and typographer, supported by the Foundation. Or with Animal, a vast display of 450 items from the museum’s collection across twelve exhibition rooms, each providing a distinct and nuanced insight into the relationship between humans and animals: from fantastical bestiary to advertising messages, caricatures to clothing. 

In addition to its ongoing institutional support and the intermittent funding of such projects, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès also supported the major Esprit du Bauhaus exhibition in 2016-2017, as well as the accompanying catalogue. The Foundation’s commitment to the institution is also reflected in its partnership with the Ecole Camondo, where tomorrow's interior architects and designers are trained during the former’s Manufacto programme. 

Disciplines
Design
Craftsmanship
Philippe Apeloig and the Typorama exhibition: an exploration into thirty years of creative output by the graphic designer and typographer.
A centre for reflections on our evolving lifestyles, offering permanent exhibitions and a teaching programme.
Visitors can thereby choose to discover the works of contemporary designers or to learn more about artistic practices by attending the 'Ateliers du Carrousel' workshops.

Informations

Exhibition dates
  • L’Esprit du Bauhaus, from 10/19/2016 to 02/26/2017
  • Typorama, Philippe Apeloig, from 11/21/2013 to 03/30/2014
  • Animal, from 02/18/2010 to 11/30/2011

 

Practical information

Les Arts Décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris

www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr