In the occasion of “A PASSION FOR JEAN PROUVE’ – FROM FORNITURE TO ARCHITECTURE” exhibition devoted to French designer, Jean Prouvé, The Maison Metropole (8×12 meters) is now to be mounted for the first time on the Lingotto track, in Turin. The buildings will stand there from today until March 27th 2013.
The Ateliers Jean Prouvé built two of them, one in Bouqueval, near Paris, and the other in Vantoux in Moselle. In 1949 this aluminum construction won a Ministry of Education competition for “mass-producible rural school with classroom and teacher accommodation”.
The exhibition at Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli is from the collection owned by Laurence and Patrick Seguin. It will open on April 6th to September 8th 2013.
Laurence and Patrick Seguin discovered the work of Jean Prouvé, in the late 1980s, through his furniture designs. They were immediately struck by the unique aesthetic of these pieces, where the artistic skill lies wholly in imperceptible technical mastery devoted to enhancing the strength of the materials. While at the time very few people had even heard of Jean Prouvé, their enthusiasm for his captivating lines was immediate, a revelation that became a true passion.