Joseph André Motte: The Art of Living, is the first American exhibition devoted exclusively to the work of one of the most highly influential and innovative figures of post-war French design—now open at the Demisch Danant Gallery in New York City.
With rare examples presented in period environments, the exhibition brings together 30 unique pieces—many never before shown publicly—that shed light upon the vision and talent of an overlooked modernist master.
Exhibition view, living area of 1960 section
Born in France in 1925, Motte was among a group of young designers who emerged in the wake of World War II, dedicated to an optimistic vision of industrialization and convinced of design’s ability to improve the lives of their nation's citizens.
Exhibition view, bedroom of 1954 section
This exhibit shows the diverse breadth of materials that characterize Motte’s oeuvre and presents many of his most important innovations in modern style. Among these are rare examples of the designer's early work in rattan during 1954, and objects that evidence his transition to production furniture with the company Charron in 1958-1960.
Exhibition view, bedroom of 1960 section
Founded in 2005 by Suzanne Demisch and Stephane Danant, Demisch Danant specializes in twentieth-century European design with an emphasis on the late 1950’s through the 1980’s. This exhibition is the first of a series of solo shows that will focus upon the distinctive periods and extraordinary diversity of Motte’s work.
Joseph André Motte: The Art of Living will be on view through Feb. 9, 2013 and is curated by gallery owners Demisch and Danant.
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