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Ângela Ferreira: Maison Tropicale / Museion Bolzano Bozen, Italy / Interview

The new museum for modern and contemporary art, the Museion Bozen Bolzano, Italy, openend its doors with the inaugural exhibition “Peripheral Vision and Collective Body” which is on display from May 21 until September 21, 2008. Taking part in this group show is also Portuguese artist Ângela Ferreira with her work “Maison Tropicale“. The project was the official representation of the Portuguese Pavilion at 52nd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. The installation Maison Tropicale is now the estate of Museion Bozen. VernissageTV met with Ângela Ferreira at the occasion of the opening of the Museion. In this video she talks about the idea behind this project.
To give you some background information: Ângela Ferreira’s Maison Tropicale reflects on colonial history and its contemporary, post- and neo-colonial resonances. Amidst the territorial reorganisation undertaken by the colonial powers in Africa after World War II and following a public tender process, the French Overseas Ministry, through collaboration with the French designer Jean Prouvé, saw the possibility to further develop modernist ideas of conceiving a series of aesthetically sophisticated homes, that could be mass-produced and that would give people greater access to well-designed, high quality architecture based on prefabricated aluminium modules. Prouvé’s ideas never took hold in Europe, but the possibility to install a large number of his houses in the African colonies led to the development of his Tropical House. Of the thousands of units originally envisaged, only three prototypes ultimately left Prouvé’s workshop. In 1949, the first Tropical House was transported by plane to Niger and installed in the capital, Niamey. Two other houses were transported to the Congo and installed in Brazzaville in 1951. Museion Bolzano Bozen, Italy, May 24, 2008.
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Jean Prouvé at the Vitra Design Museum / Interview with Cathérine Prouvé

Jean Prouvé at the Vitra Design Museum / Interview with Cathérine Prouvé
With “Jean Prouvé. The poetics of the technical object” the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein presents the first comprehensive and systematic touring exhibition on the work of French designer and architect Jean Prouvé (1901-1984). VernissageTV talks with his daughter Cathérine Prouvé at the occasion of the opening reception of the exhibition. Vitra Design Museum, September 22, 2006.
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Jean Prouvé at the Vitra Design Museum / Interview with Mathias Schwartz-Claus / part 2/2

Jean Prouve at Vitra Design Museum
Curator Mathias Schwartz-Claus, Vitra Design Museum, talks about the current exhibition “Jean Prouvé. The poetics of the technical object”. “The most important original furniture pieces by Jean Prouvé will be exhibited together with several original architectural elements (among them a reconstructed “Maison de Sinistrés”) as well as numerous architectural models, photographs and original sketches on architecture and furniture. A comprehensive catalogue, edited by Catherine Dumont d’Ayot, has been published on the exhibition.” (PR Vitra Design Museum). Vitra Design Museum, September 22, 2006. Interview with Mathias Schwartz-Claus, part 2/2.
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Jean Prouvé at the Vitra Design Museum / Interview with Mathias Schwartz-Claus / part 1/2

Jean Prouvé at the Vitra Design Museum / Interview with Mathias Schwartz-Claus / part 1/2
Curator Mathias Schwartz-Claus, Vitra Design Museum, talks about the current exhibition “Jean Prouvé. The poetics of the technical object”. From the press release: “In conception, this first comprehensive and systematic touring exhibition on the furniture and architecture, which Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) created between 1924 to the mid 1970s, is very much in keeping with Prouvés own ideas. Thus, guest curators Prof. Bruno Reichlin and Franz Graf draw on the famous courses, which Prouvé held between 1957 to 1970 at the Paris CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers).” Vitra Design Museum, September 22, 2006. Interview with Mathias Schwartz-Claus, part 1/2.
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Jean Prouvé. The poetics of the technical object / Vitra Design Museum

Jean Prouvé. The poetics of the technical object / Vitra Design Museum
With “Jean Prouvé. The poetics of the technical object” the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein presents the first comprehensive and systematic touring exhibition on the work of French designer and architect Jean Prouvé (1901-1984). The exhibition was organised under the direction of the Vitra Design Museum in cooperation with the Design Museum Akihabara, Tokyo and the Deutschen Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt Main.
Jean Prouvé. The poetics of the technical object / Vitra Design Museum (23 September 2006 – 28 January 2007). Impressions from the opening. Interviews with Catherine Prouvé, Alexander von Vegesack and Mathias Schwartz-Clauss coming soon.
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