With its sleek, powerful geometric lines, Art Déco style (1919-1940) stands out thanks to its lively appeal. Born of the impetus driving French artists such as architects Henri Sauvage, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Roger-Henri Expert and Pierre Patout, designers André Véra, Louis Süe, André Mare and Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, fashion designers Paul Poiret and Jean Patou and sculptors Martel, Janniot and Sarrabezolles, it is the product of a vision shared by various artistic spheres.
The Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, housed by the last of the Art Déco masterpieces in architecture, the Palais de Chaillot, proudly presents the first major retrospective in France to pay tribute to an aesthetic style enjoying universal appeal among designers and artists, the lasting popularity of which reached its zenith at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs and Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) in Paris.Singular aspects of Art Déco, in the form of furniture, mock-ups and blueprints, sculptures, paintings and objets d’art, will be showcased in a 1,100 sq.m exhibition area.
Inside the exhibition, the “growing up in 1925” area is especially designed for families and young audiences. This area focuses on the new vision of children and their education which emerges in the 20s.
Color portfolios, fabrics, wallpaper, games, toys and books are great examples of artist, decorator and illustrators’ creative initiatives during this period, in relation with children and their universe. In the 20s, new educational methods emerged in order to develop children’s creativity and well-being thanks to games and tools which encourage autonomy and initiative.
The games available in this area are inspired from artists and educators of this period, and especially created for the exhibition. These accessible-to-all games enable children (accompanied by their parents) to experiment Art Déco notions: geometry, balance, composition, rhythm, color and order.