“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” at Citè de l’Architecture

Georges-Henri Pingusson has marked, by his architecture and his words, generations of architects. His work, as remarkable as it is, can not suffice to express what the legacy of this independent, humanist, charismatic figure of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts mean for the history of Architecture.

 

"Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture" © Georges-Henri Pingusson

“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” © Georges-Henri Pingusson

 

Close to Robert Mallet-Stevens, Jean Prouvé and Le Corbusier, Georges-Henri Pingusson is nevertheless one of the last figures of the modern French movement. Architect with two masterpieces (the Latitude 43 hotel in Saint-Tropez and the Memorial of the martyrs of the deportation in Paris), he crossed the twentieth century and produced many projects and achievements, marked by a total of artistic commitment and a sensible approach to space.


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“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture”
16 February – 2 July, 2018
Citè de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, Paris
France

 


His villas on the Côte d’Azur in the 1920s, his church projects in the 1930s and their realization in Lorraine around 1960, but also his thoughts on housing or building materials: all elements of which The analysis must renew the often given stereotyped image of this creator, who has always sought to question and transcend modernism, even if he has to stand on the sidelines or give up certain projects.

 

Georges Henri Pingusson Maison Préfabriquée © Georges-Henri Pingusson

Georges Henri Pingusson Maison Préfabriquée © Georges-Henri Pingusson

"Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture" © Georges-Henri Pingusson

“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” © Georges-Henri Pingusson

 

His commitment to the modernization of architecture and living environment was constant: from the Union of Modern Artists (UAM) to the Union of Architects of the Seine (SAS) through the French Association of Standardization (AFNOR) or the ephemeral Architecture and Prefabrication Society (SAP), Georges-Henri Pingusson has been at the heart of the major debates on the place of the architect in society, on education, the relationship between art and industry, Greater Paris.

 

"Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture" © Georges-Henri Pingusson

“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” © Georges-Henri Pingusson

"Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture" © Georges-Henri Pingusson

“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” © Georges-Henri Pingusson

"Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture" © Georges-Henri Pingusson

“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” © Georges-Henri Pingusson

 

At the end of a career of more than fifty years, Georges-Henri Pingusson has left an exceptional archive, now preserved in the archives center of the City of Architecture & Heritage. This sum of graphic documents, which have been associated with furniture, most of which have never been presented to the public, bears witness to the extreme variety of its production.

 

"Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture" © Georges-Henri Pingusson

“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” © Georges-Henri Pingusson

"Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture" © Georges-Henri Pingusson

“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” © Georges-Henri Pingusson


 

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