120 | Guillaume Bardet

FROM 18 avril TO 26 juillet 2019 i
OPENING 17 avril 2019

Pictures from this exhibition


– Bronze mass for the Present Time –


In the beginning, there was stone. In 2002, while staying at the Villa Medici in Rome, Guillaume Bardet transformed 18 tonnes of Carrara marble into Mobilier immobile [Immobile furniture], nine pieces including a chaise longue which is as ethereal as its material is unwieldy. In Rome, the young designer marvelled at the city’s soft, soothing light; the experience was to change the life of this young man who was born in Rouen in 1971 and graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1999. In 2009, he left Paris’ grey skies to move to the beautiful light of Dieulefit in the Drôme. He came up with the mad and self-imposed task of drawing one item per day for a year, whilst living on his own, to produce a total of 365 drawings. It was simultaneously a dizzying challenge and an incredible pleasure. He made these items using earth, alongside local potters from the Drôme, to create the L’usage des jours [Daily usage] exhibition at the Manufacture de Sèvres in 2012 (1). And then? Was he to be known for a single, solitary accomplishment? He chose to continue living in solitude in his home in Dieulefit, taking refuge in drawing. Having amassed notebooks with 600 sketches, he photographed them. “A supply of free forms with a little bit of everything” without any notion of obligation to begin...