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Modern Maharajah, a philanthropist of the 1930s

75 min visit

Museum of Decorative Arts
26 Sep → 12 Jan 2020
Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Nocturnal Thursday until 9 pm. Closed Monday.

« The discovery of a unique and visionary personality!  »

An astonishing exhibition has just opened at the Museum of Decorative Arts, which highlights the extraordinary figure of the Maharajah of Indore. The latter has given free rein to his taste for artistic and decorative avant-garde by creating a unique modern universe in India. A visionary figure in the European cultural scene of the 1920s and 1930s, he commissioned the very first modernist construction in his country: the Manik Bagh Palace (1930-1933), a testimony to the effervescence of the artistic scene of the time. The exhibition highlights the universe of this mythical residence, evoking the exchanges between Europe and India through the singular and fascinating personality of a young prince and his wife. Presented in the museum's nave, this prestigious heritage gathers more than 500 pieces gathered for the first time. It unveils the iconic creations of Louis Sognot and Charlotte Alix, Jean Puiforcat, Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier as well as unpublished archives.


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