For its first edition, the Biennial of Architecture of Orleans pays homage to one of the most original artistic and architectural figures of the second half of the 20th century: Guy Rottier. Bringing together more than one hundred and fifty drawings, photographs and models preserved by the Frac Center-Val de Loire, this exhibition is the largest retrospective ever devoted to the architect.
“Guy Rottier, Architecture Libre”
Octobre 13 – Avril 1, 2018
234 Rue Des Ponts, Amilly
It testifies to the strong relationship between Guy Rottier and this institution, which for more than 20 years, works for the dissemination and international recognition of this extraordinary personality. This exhibition is also a manifesto. By joining in the wake of an open, mutant and poignant work to begin its new journey, the Frac Center-Val de Loire traces here the line that will follow the Biennial of Architecture of Orleans: that of wandering.
Dutch born in Indonesia then naturalized French, high school student in Grasse then forced worker in Jena, student in engineering school in The Hague then in architecture in Paris, emigrated to Nice, Damascus and Rabat, before returning to finish his days in Belvédère … Guy Rottier is the author of a multiple and unclassifiable work, in which art and architecture dialogue, poetry and technique, where the silhouette of Le Corbusier, the futuristic impulse of his friend Michel Ragon and the iconoclasm meet – “40 ° above dada” – artists from the school of Nice, or that – a few degrees below the waist – of the designer Jean-Marc Reiser.
With an unusual style, dazzling and uncompromising, Guy Rottier meant radically renewing the architectural language in the same way as the modes of living. Without ever doing system. Mischievous, whimsical, free, Guy Rottier defended his life during an approach of architecture more playful than entertaining, more childish than puerile, defying all the laws – those of the tradition like those of the gravity – to instil dynamism and movement in the too ossified order of this world: “men build, others invade, settle, demolish and rebuild. It is the same man, architect by nature who, until the apocalypse, builds, erases and recreates an agglomeration, a neighborhood, a house. Because everything changes … because everything has to change: the relief of the world, the nature of things, the house of man “. (Guy Rottier)