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Architecture and Design

An uncertain spring

90 min visit

Museum of Decorative Arts
19 May → 3 Oct 2021
Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Nocturnal Thursday until 9 pm. Closed Monday.

«  An exhibition that makes you see confinement from a different point of view »

The period of confinement, which we experienced a second time, was a unique moment in cultural life. The title of this exhibition is directly inspired by a sentence by Virginia Woolf, taken from her 1937 novel "The Years": "It was an uncertain spring" is unfortunately still valid for the spring of 2020 . The Museum of Decorative Arts brings together the works of creators, artists, designers, craftsmen and graphic designers, created during this first confinement. If the world has stopped, you can't stop productivity! Enter into the intimacy of these artists with different artistic practices. This pause in time was for the creators the opportunity to take up forgotten projects, to start what they have always wanted to do or to create objects for this new everyday life. Some have taken a step aside to take the place of the users of their objects. Thus, the works gathered for this particular exhibition bear witness to a singular moment. A special exhibition because not only is it a presentation of works created by confined people, but it also highlights the problems that confinement has imposed on culture. For the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, it is a postponed programme, a postponed hanging of works and a shifted acquisition commission: the meeting of the Design Circle, which is held every year, is crucial for the enrichment of the contemporary collections of the museum, which had not closed its doors for so long since 1939 . This exhibition is an invitation to reflect on containment, that long period of doubt and instability that has hit all the players in the cultural sector hard. It is also a unique experience: the health crisis is a source of inspiration for creators who are redoubling their imagination to improve the situation. The creative space has become a solitary and supportive space at the same time, where artists, in this "uncertain spring", try to imagine the next world, hand in hand.


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