Organized by the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) in collaboration with Fondazione Prada at the Palais d’Iéna (ESEC headquarters), the exhibition pays tribute to Auguste Perret (Bruxelles, 1874 – Paris, 1954), one of the most inspiring architects of the 20th century. Scientific curator Joseph Abram, together with his team from the National School of Architecture in Nancy, curated the theoretical and historical consistency of the project, while architectural office OMA AMO, under the direction of the artistic curator Rem Koolhaas, conceived the exhibition design as well as the contemporary contributions and the cultural events program.
With a solid theoretical perspective and today’s production possibilities, the exhibition aims at a thoroughgoing transformation of the way this intellectual builder is seen. The focus is on eight major works: in Paris, the immeuble de la Rue Franklin (1903), the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (1913), the church of Notre Dame du Raincy (1923), the Salle Cortot (1928), the Mobilier national (1934) and the Palais d’Iéna (1937); and in Le Havre, the Hôtel de Ville (1950) and the church of Saint-Joseph (1951). With their technical inventiveness and unique relationship with their materials, these eight buildings represent a decisive addition to 20th century architecture.
The exhibition features over 400 original items, some of them on public display for the first time; lenders include major French collections and institutions.
Venue of the exhibition: Palais d’Iéna, home of the CESE, the French Conseil Economique, Social et Environnemental, Paris