The idea of the French Salon goes back to the French Revolution and played an integral role in the cultural and intellectual development of the country and abroad. The salons were seen as a cultural hub, responsible for the dissemination of good manners and sociability. It was not merely manners that the salons supposedly spread but also ideas, as the salons became a center of intellectual as well as social exchange. Art was an integral part of the domestic and private surrounding.
Since Romanticism the work on paper is the preferred medium of expression and enchantment and was regarded as the foundation of artistic practice. The drawing vividly sheds light on the creative process, and gives immediate insight into artistic ideas. This is valid in many areas until today.
Drawing experiments with new content and composition, plays with the beauty of the fragmented as with the atmospheric. It has the freedom to define its objects in either concrete terms or vague allusions, or to allow their complete diffusion. Works on paper document, as never before, material and social realities whilst reflecting upon its own potential in terms of using tools, materials and techniques.
We can experience a similar form of invention in modern furniture design, where technological advances led to production and development of a range of new materials making it possible to explore new textures and effects, colors and even new form.
The exhibition will feature outstanding examples from Mid-Century design to the collective of The Memphis Group.
In the combination of visual art and furniture design the exhibition contradicts the white space as the usual exhibition space.
Sol Calero, Jean Cocteau, William Copley, Mariechen Danz, Peter Doig, Marcel van Eeden, Debo Eilers, Günther Förg, Tim Gardner, Axel Geis, George Grosz, Karl Haendel, Sophie von Hellermann, Lothar Hempel, Gregor Hildebrandt, Alex Katz, Martin Kippenberger, Alicja Kwade, John McAllister, Olaf Metzel, Peles Empire, Francis Picabia, Sigmar Polke, David Renggli, Thomas Schütte, Wawrzyniec Tokarski, Jorinde Voigt, Amelie von Wulffen, Franz Erhard Walther, Katharina Wulff