ART ÉLYSÉES EXHIBITION | DESIGN SECTION
FOCUS ON CONTEMPORARY BELGIAN DESIGN WITH ATELIER JESPERS
This October 2017, at the invitation of Art Élysées, Atelier Jespers will present a selection of Belgian designers from several generations. Art Élysées contributes to the artistic and cultural dynamic of the city of Paris. Since its creation, the show has welcomed exhibitions within its pavilions that were often unpublished, institutional or from private collections. Atelier Jespers takes this opportunity to present, outside its own walls, all of the rich design talent Belgium has to offer since decennia.
ATELIER JESPERS, A CENTER FOR ARTS
Built in 1928 by Victor Bourgeois for his sculptor friend Oscar Jespers, the workshop operated until Oscar’s death in 1970. At the end of the 1920s, this space, which occupies over 400 m2, was a prime meeting place for Europe’s artistic avant-garde.
In September 2015, Jean-François Declerq decided to transform the workshop into an arts center, dedicated to meetings and exhibitions. Along with the name Atelier Jespers, the building reconnects with its initial mission: “to showcase”. A modernist gem, the building now welcomes various artistic projects: from design, to art and even sound, each show reignites the initial aspiration to spark dialogue between Victor Bourgeois intent and current works of art.
JEAN-FRANÇOIS DECLERCQ'S SELECTION FOR ART ÉLYSÉES
After two years of existence, Atelier Jespers gladly presents for the first time abroad, a cabinet composed of furniture in the strict sense of design: furniture, textiles and lighting. Taking a completely contemporary approach, the point is not to showcase historic design but rather to encourage a discovery of the current scenery of high level Belgian creations. We are not talking industrial design on a global scale, but a meticulous and personal creation reaching the limits of contemporary design that show the manual craftsmanship and intellect of multiple generations of Belgian designers.
A couple of said designers, Vladimir Slavov (lighting), Ben Storms (furniture), Casimir Reynders (furniture), Gerard Kuijpers (furniture, sculptures) have had the opportunity to exhibit their works at Atelier Jespers. Others such as, Pol Quadens (chairs), Damien Gernay (furniture), Studio Krjst (textile) and Michaël Verheyden (furniture) will be presented for the very first time in a scenography conducive to reveal the singularities of their pieces and in this way gain recognition for their work.
« Brug » _ Casimir Reynders
In Vein table _ Ben Storms
Tapestry_ Studio Krjst
PAVILION C | DESIGN SECTION
BOOTH 301 C