new Style for Europe
Under the High Patronage of Monsieur Nicolas
President of the French Republic
of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany
Professor Dr. Horst Köhler
The first retrospective ever to be held about the most celebrated
cabinetmaker of all time. Within a contextual presentation bringing
together his works with highly important paintings, tapestries,
bronzes and mounted porcelain, a captivating portrayal of the birth
and flowering of a completely new aesthetical universe, which was
to become the European model for centuries to come.
Some of the pieces displayed have never before left the museums
and private collections which house them, and have in some cases
never been seen in public.
More than twenty international institutions
are involved with loans including :
Banque de France, Paris ; Mobilier National, Paris ;
State Hermitage Museum, Saint-Petersburg ;
Victoria & Albert Museum, London ; Baden-Wurtemberg Staatliche
Schlösser und Gärten, Bruchsal, ; Bayerische Verwaltung
der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen, Munich ; Deutsches
Historisches Museum, Berlin ;
Hessische Hausstiftung, Eichenzell ; Klassik Stiftung Weimar ; Institut
national d'histoire de l'art, Paris ; Kunstbliliothek-Ornamentstichsammlung,
Berlin ; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris ; Musée
des Beaux Arts, Agen ; Musée de l’Observatoire, Paris
; Musée du Petit Palais, Paris ; Bibliothèque Nationale
de France, Paris ; Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfort ;
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ; Staatliche Münzsammlung, Munich
; Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg
; State Pavlovsk Palace Museum, Saint-Petersbourg ; H.M. Carl XVI
Gustaf, Stockholm ; Musée national du château de Versailles
et des Trianons, Versailles.
The Museum für Angewandte Kunst building is emblematic of the
city of Frankfort ; conceived by Richard Meier in 1985, it is a
model which influenced the design of the J. Paul Getty Museum as
well as all future creations by the architect.
Founded by Louis XIV in 1662, the Manufacture des Gobelins, which
has since become the Mobilier National, will also exhibit the latest
works by the most committed contemporary designers, symbols of its
continuity of creation.
The scenography will be developed by the architect and designer
Juan Pablo Molyneux.
The exhibition will open its doors on 30 October 2009 and will continue
until 31 January 2010.
Supported from its beginning by the French and German Ambassadors,
the City of Frankfurt and the State of Hessen, the Association Boulle
and the French Heritage Society (U.S.A.), it will moreover be prolonged
over a period of two years by a cycle of symposiums organised in
France, Germany and the United States.
Taking place in the economic centre of Europe, it will, according
to the Art Newspaper, be one of the major cultural and
artistic events of the moment.