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Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design
39 rue Bouffard

Tramway : station Hôtel de Ville (lignes A & B) to 0,9 km
Bordeaux Hôtel de Ville - Mériadeck

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Exhibition "Oh couleurs ! Design through the lens of colour" Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

  • From 29/06/2017 until 05/11/2017


Theme : Creative arts/plastic arts


The Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design (museum of Decorative Arts and Design) is organizing an exhibition about the links between colour and design, to be held between 29 June and 5 November 2017.

In the hôtel de Lalande, which houses the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design, colour is everywhere, from the green and gold wood paneling of the Salon de Gascq to the yellow woodwork of the Chambre jonquille. It is this highly colourful identity that has given rise to the exhibition’s theme.

While historians of design have shown a preference for questions associated with form, manufacture, materials and new technologies, few of them have been dealing with colour. Yet colour has a direct influence on our perception of objects and the way we interact with them. Colour is also part and parcel of the definition of periods and

All so many aspects which visitors will have a chance to discover here through examples taken from the history of objects and design: Tupperware colours; the place of colour in the work of the designer Verner Panton; and the little known role of the decorator Paule Marrot for the Renault automobile company. The exhibition will also feature objects with a history either forgotten or unknownn by the Western public, like these Japanese boro, popular clothing made of assembled pieces of fabrics, then traditionally dyed with indigo.

Because the museum is close to Le Corbusier’s Cité Frugès at Pessac, recently listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO, the exhibition will make an architectural foray to show the role played by architectural polychromy in Le Corbusier’s work, tested for the first time during the construction of this workers’ housing estate, in the town of Pessac, just to the southwest of Bordeaux (1924-1926).

The Exhibition is part of the 2017 Paysages Bordeaux cultural season, proposed from 25 June to 25 October 2017, around the arrival of the highspeed railway line in Bordeaux.

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Key information

Open days

  • From 29/06/2017 until 05/11/2017


  • Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design
    39 rue Bouffard
  • 33000 BORDEAUX

  • Bordeaux Hôtel de Ville - Mériadeck


  • madd@mairie-bordeaux.fr
  • +33 5 56 10 14 00

Means of payment

  • CB