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dates : 20/11/08 - 12/03/09


tous les jours sauf mardi 11.00 to 21.00

prix: musée et expo 12 ou 10 €

        selon périodes


Centre Pompidou

rue Beaubourg

75004 Paris

tel: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33

site: www.centrepompidou.fr

plus d’info: www.ronarad.com

map: ww.mappy.com


Ron Arad is an architect, as this exhibition at the Pompidou Centre reminds us. He is an architect and a designer, as if proof was needed that architecture is a multidisciplinary discipline. Or is architecture one of the many facets of design?

This exhibition is a juxtaposition of architecture, furniture and object design, with this enviable and refreshing anglo-saxon approach of being able to skip from one to the other with incredible ease, and without the weight of speculative considerations on the role of one versus the other. Why should we? the point is that one can inform and enrich the other and vice and versa.

Ron Arad mixes architectural models, furniture prototypes, lighting effects, and even full scale architecture with the foyer of Tel Aviv opera built 1:1 in the museum!

Famous for the curves of his iconic pieces like the Bookworm bookshelf or the Tom Vac chair, I was pleasantly surprised by other projects such as the ‘reflection of a chair’ or the Zion shading project in Jerusalem. The first one questions the status of the object whereas the latter uses light as a primary material. A pity the model lighting did not work to demonstrate it.