Jan 30 Aug 23, 2021


Architecture, design and inflatables, 1950-2020
Yutaka Murata, Pavillon du groupe Fuji, Osaka, 1970


Jan 30 Aug 23, 2021


Galerie 2

Curated by

Frédéric Migayrou, Deputy Director - Musée national d’art moderne – Centre of Industrial Creation, Centre Pompidou and Valentina Moimas, custodian of the department of Architecture at the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre of Industrial Creation Centre Pompidou

If the dream of flight has been with man since Icarus, it is with the idea of an inflatable envelope, replacing the deployment of wings, that it becomes effective from the 18th century. The history of inflatables, parallel to that of aeronautics, is that of the development of a more organic relationship with the air. The envelope is a metaphor for the skin, a protection for a body, allowing immediate proximity with the air. The inflatable carries with it the idea of pneuma, of breath; an immediate relationship to the living, to the event, to life.

The exhibition reveals this human dimension of "pneumatics", from the first industrial and military uses (airships, sounding balloons, floating assemblies and inflatable decoys...) to the experiments developed by numerous artists, designers and architects.