The Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris is celebrating a 10-year retrospective exhibition featuring the collection’s highilghts acquisited over the last decade. This important museum, dedicated to the archiving and dissemination of architectural knowledge, is proud to present a selection of projects and assets that have enriched the City’s collection over the last ten years: contemporary models, drawings, digital persepctives stand side by side with antique models, drawings and preliminary sketches of nineteenth and twentieth century architecture.
The exhibition, called “10 ans d’acquisitions (2007 – 2017)” is both a celebration of the diversity of French architecture and an opportunity to rediscover some of it most relevant projects.
10 Ans d’acquisitions (2007 – 2017)
16 September, 2017 – February 2018
Citè de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, Paris
As well as the exhibition, the Museum will be also hosting an open forum and discussion with renowned architects such as Julien Choppin, Tania Concko, Odile Decq, Léonard Lassagne, Anouk Legendre, Jean-Christophe Quinton, Philippe Rahm, Paul Chemetov, Dominique Lyon, Édouard François, Djamel Klouche, Alain Sarfati, Nasrine Seraji, Myrto Vitart, Marc Barani, Michel Desvigne, Dominique Perrault, Christian de Portzamparc and Bernard Reichen. The event will take place on November 7, 2017.
The collections of the “Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine” are a witness to the creation, innovation, aesthetic and technical experimentation in buidlings ranging from a 14th Century basilica to the most contemporary buildings. The collections have grown thanks to a policy of acquisition centered fundamentally on the architectural works of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Antique and contemporary models, architectural drawings (sketches, study drawings, detailed drawings, digital perspectives…), archives, photographs, rare works, building elements or precious objects help document an array of French architecture projects, from prestigious architecture works to ordinary buildings and designs. The plurality and diversity of collections, brought in thanks to donations and deposits, greatly helps to apprehend each of these architectural projects in their entirety, from the creative process to their final realization.
There are two services within the City who operate jointly: the museum of French Monuments and the Center of archives of architecture of the twentieth century. The latter now holds more than 450 archival collections of French architects, reflecting the strengths of the architecture built in France from the end of the 19th century to the 2000s. Caught between the two world wars, the Rationalist trend, the pioneers of reinforced concrete and the period of the so-called Glorious Thirties are the highlights of the collection. Head of the network for the national collection of architectural archives, the Archival Center contributes to preserving the memory of the architectural discipline and thus participates in the heritage recognition of 20th century architecture.
The museum keeps exceptional historical collections – casts, models and murals – including the recent donation of the sculptor’s studio collection of the museum’s first director, Adolphe Victor Geoffroy-Dechaume (1816 – 1892). The museum’s collection of modern and contemporary architecture was initiated in the early 2000s and now includes nearly 2500 works of various kinds. Devoted to French architecture from 1850 to the present day, it focuses on bringing together major architectural projects. The creation of analytical models – which illustrate a concept, a constructive logic or the formal ambition of a project – is another of its characteristics. True didactic tools, these models relate to emblematic buildings.
The Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine (City of Architecture and Heritage) focuses today on the last decades of the twentieth century and on current architectural production, with the support of architects and their agencies. This presentation brings together a selection of recent entries to the museum or archives center, which reflect, by their diversity and the multiplicity of architectural approaches, the richness of its collections.