This exhibition presents photographs from a collection of a kind it would be impossible to put together, grouping together six remarkable buildings from the history of 20th century European architecture. Six milestones, crucial witnesses to the development of architectural thought and the century’s technical and aesthetic breakthroughs; the Casa Milà in Barcelona (Antonio Gaudí), the Bauhaus in Dessau (Walter Gropius), The Convent of La Tourette (Le Corbusier), the Maison Familiale in Nancy (Jean Prouvé), the Thermes de Vals (Peter Zumthor), and the Phaeno in Wolfburg (Zaha Hadid).
The photographs were taken in autumn 2006, during a project which culminated in the book Architectures produced with Stan Neumann and Richard Copans, who made the series of the same name shown on the TV channel Arte.
Remarkably accurate images. Pierre-Olivier Deschamps has worked with the precision of a surveyor to build up a project with readings but without measurements. Sensitive readings rendered in the framing, in the material, the shade and colour as though leading us into contemplation. Contemplation of the heaviness and humidity, the technical detail, the landscape, the structure, etc.
This exhibition, designed to be shown outdoors, consists of 38 photographs printed onto 23 tarpaulins, format: 150 x 165 cm, and 3 project presentation tarpaulins, format: 150 x 165 cm.