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Catalogue Chefs-d’œuvre ? Architectures de musées, 1937-2014
Catalogue Chefs-d’œuvre ? Architectures de musées, 1937-2014

Masterpieces ?Couverture de "Chefs-d'oeuvres ? Architectures de musées, 1937-2014"

Museum architectures, 1937-2014
Directed by Philip Jodidio, Laurent Le Bon and Aurélien Lemonier
Published: May 2010

Available in French and English

Designed alongside the Architecture section of the “Masterpieces” exhibition, this publication relates the history of museum architecture since 1937 – the year of the international Exhibition of arts and techniques in Paris. With more than 300 illustrations, the most emblematic French establishments are examined in the light of the masterpieces of international museum architecture. The publication offers a choice of some twenty projects, varying greatly in size and intention – both in terms of design and impact – as well as in their fate at the hands of critics. From Le Corbusier’s contemporary art museum to the Musée du quai Branly designed by Jean Nouvel, this publication recounts an entire architectural and cultural history – a history examined in the context of the projects that will mark the years to come (the Fondation Louis Vuitton for the creation designed by Frank Gehry, the Mucem by Rudy Ricciotti or the Louvre-Lens by the Japanese firm Sanaa). The Centre Pompidou-Metz, designed by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, completes this extensive study. The building is studied with reference to present day thought on cultural architecture.

Price in France: 39 euros
240 pages, 24 x 28 cm, hardback
Graphic design: Les Graphiquants
ISBN: 978-2-35983-001-9 (French)
ISBN: 978-2-35983-002-6 (English)