An artistic partnership, initiated in 2012 by La Samaritaine brings together the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and l’École de l’Arbre-Sec. Students and teachers, accompanied by the museum’s own lecturers and artists, explore a contemporary take on La Samaritaine’s historic signature Art Nouveau and Art Deco features.
Spanning three school years and all classes of the school, this project is based on the architecture and decorative arts at the time of the Expositions Universelles, or World Expos, which were held in Paris in 1900 and 1925. The project aims to study the traces still visible today of these two golden periods of Parisian life, in order to imagine the context and the contents of the French pavilion of decorative arts at the upcoming World Expo 2025.
At the conclusion of the partnership, all the art pieces will be collected into an album, the 496th in the collection of Jules Maciet, a famous collector who dedicated 20 years of his life to creating a vast visual respository at the library of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs – a source of inspiration for craftsmen, artists and creators in all fields of the decorative arts.
In 2015 – 2016, the children worked on different visual arts projects and created architectural designs for the decorative arts pavilion in 2025, together with furniture, wallpaper, a carpet, a screen, a printed textile and even a vase. These designs have been grouped together in a first album for future inspiration.
The 2016 – 2017 year concentrated on graphic design and advertising, focussing on marketing communications and promotion for a World Expo to be held in Paris in 2025. An advertising campaign, including the creation of a slogan, poster, logo, mascot and other publicity items, will be developed, paying particular attention to the composition of the respective elements.
Exploring a selection of posters, calendars, fans and postcards promoting the exhibitions of 1900 and 1925 in the library of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, will lead the children to identify and analyse advertising media concepts.
Meanwhile, visiting the exhibition “L’esprit du Bauhaus”, or “The Spirit of Bauhaus”, will introduce them to graphic research covering colour and geometric shapes. Designed to be used at the museum, at school or at home, the research has been designed as an initiation into the workshops which follow.
During three two-hour sessions, the workshops will introduce the basics of composition, covering simple geometric shapes and colours. These compositional concepts will then be expanded to cover promotional objects, including postcards, T-shirts and key-rings, which will be given to the children, with copies included in a presentation in a new album.
Come and discover some of the children’s creations at the Maison du Projet at 1 rue du Pont-Neuf, Paris 1e – Free admission on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1.00pm – 8.00pm.