April 16, 2015 - Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap) - Design Oracles exhibition
April 16, 2015

Design Oracles exhibition

Design Oracles
A look at the design collection from the Centre national des arts plastiques
April 3–August 16, 2015

La Gaîté lyrique, Paris
3 bis, rue Papin
75003 Paris


10 themes, 10 narratives
to tell the story of these oraculous objects

Each theme communicates a lifestyle and a desire for self-expression:
Simple / Humble / Curious / Inflated / Abstract / Naïve / Nomadic / Mutant / Organic / Archaic

La Gaîté lyrique and the Centre national des arts plastiques (National Centre for Visual Arts – CNAP) have joined forces to invite renowned trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort to take a unique and original look at the CNAP’s design and decorative arts collection in a new exhibition in Paris.

As a major centre for artistic expression in the digital age, La Gaîté lyriqueexplores our time and decrypts it. A place that showcases all types of design, it sets out to shift and compare various points of view, just as it did with fashion (ARRRGH!: Monsters in fashion), graphic design (Hellotm, The Happy Show), character design (the Pictoplasma festival), or game design (Joue le jeu and the I love transmedia festival).

The design collection of the Centre national des arts plastiques, one of the largest in Europe, reflects the diversity and transformation of the contemporary world. Lidewij Edelkoort’s prospective and eclectic approach is in keeping with the spirit of this collection, acquiring the most important forms of artistic expression from the past 30 years, be they French or international, in order to build the cultural heritage of tomorrow.

While objects in dialogue and new manufacturing methods open up fresh perspectives of society, Design Oracles brings together objects embedded with a prophetic power to anticipate or reveal our key lifestyles and the domestic landscape at large.

Lidewij Edelkoort’s approach draws from the CNAP’s rich collection and seeks to reflect the trends and changes that bridge our two centuries. Questioning the notion of an object in an age of flux and information is more important than ever before to better understand the challenges our constantly evolving world faces.

A non-comprehensive list of the designers featured in the exhibition: 
5.5 Designers, Ron Arad, Maarten Baas, Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec, Andrea Branzi, Garouste & Bonetti, Konstantin Grcic, Richard Hutten, Hella Jongerius, Rei Kawakubo, Enzo Mari, Issey Miyake, Jasper Morrison, Scholten & Baijings, Wieki Somers, Robert Stadler, Philippe Starck, Studio Job, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders and more

Conference talk: Design Oracles during the Milan Furniture Show
Thursday, 16 April, 5pm

The CNAP and La Gaîté lyrique, with Philip Fimmano of Trend Union, will present the selection made from the CNAP collection for Design Oracles. The conference is held in connection with France Design, a Via and 14 septembre event during the Milan Furniture Show.

Please confirm your attendance by email: aurelie.lesous [​at​] culture.gouv.fr

Practical information: 
Design Centre – Ex Ansaldo – Via Bergognone 34
(angolo via Tortona) Milan

More information: www.francedesign.eu

CNAP and La Gaîté lyrique, Paris present Design Oracles exhibition
Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap)
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