The Architectural Drawing: From the Document to the Monument

Posted in Art Market, conferences (to attend) by Editor on March 3, 2015

From the press kit for the art fair:

Salon du Dessin 2015
Palais Brongniart, Paris, 25–30 March 2015 / Symposium, 25–26 March 2015

Save date 2015Created in 1991 by a small group of art dealers, the Salon du dessin is now a leader in its field. A frontrunner for many reasons, the fair possesses all the ingredients of a success story: the exceptional quality of the works selected by the exhibitors, its undeniable commercial dynamism, its capacity to attract the most important collectors and curators from around the world, and its ability to gather together institutions to celebrate drawings. Thanks to its unprecedented position in the art world, the Salon du dessin resolutely pursues its mission, which is to ardently promote the art of drawing. In 2014, 13,000 visitors assembled in the magnificent Palais Brongniart around their shared passion for drawings.

A Showcase for the Drawings of the Bnf

Since its creation in the 17th century the Bibliothèque nationale de france has gathered numerous drawings by renowned architects such as Mansart, Brongniart and Viollet-le-Duc. Gradually enriched throughout the centuries and then inventoried, deciphered and classified, this collection is now ready to be unveiled. The department of Prints and Photographs has selected the most significant sheets, which will be given a preview at the Salon.

The Semaine du Dessin: Uniting Drawing Enthusiasts

From 23rd until 30th March, the most important museums from Paris and its surroundings will open the doors to their graphic art departments, presenting a special display or organising, in conjunction with the Salon, an exhibition on the theme of drawing. In partnership with the City of Paris, more than twenty prestigious institutions will participate in this celebration of drawing in all its forms and from all periods. Among the shows not to be missed is: drawings by the artist Jean Gorin, a native of Nantes and a proponent of neo-plasticism, at the drawings department of the Centre Pompidou; Italian masters from the renaissance from the Städel museum in frankfurt on show at the Custodia Foundation; drawings by the discreet yet prolific painter and decorator Charles Lameire at the musée d’orsay, and the homage given at the musée Carnavalet to “monsieur Barrée, architect and speculator in Enlightenment Paris.”

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International Symposium
The Architectural Drawing: From the Document to the Monument

Le Dessin d’architecture: document ou monument?
Palais Brongniart, Paris, 25–26 March 2015

The Salon has more than a solely commercial dimension. On 25th and 26th March a series of twelve lectures will present the work of a wide range of academics researching the field of architectural drawing. Inaugurated last year under the auspices of Claude Mignot, professor emeritus at the University of Paris Sorbonne, this series of lectures will focus on the topic with a new light: The Architectural Drawing: From the Document to the Monument. The proceedings of the symposium, now a reference, will be published in the fall.

The lectures begin at 2:30pm and conclude at 6:00pm (in the small auditorium). It is free for those visiting the fair, though please note that seating is limited. The fair entrance fee is 15€ and includes a copy of the catalogue.

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Claude Mignot (Professor Emeritus, Paris-Sorbonne University), Introduction

Tim Benton (Professor Emeritus of Art History, the Open University, Milton Keynes), On the Difficult Birth of Le Corbusier’s Project

Guido Beltramini (Director of the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio), Freedberg’s Question: On the Beauty of the Drawings by Andrea Palladio

Gordon Higgott (Independent Historian, London), Documenting the Design of St Paul’s Cathedral in Drawings and Engravings: The Contribution of Simon Gribelin (1661–1733)

Olivia Horsfall Turner (Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum), Documenting Monuments: Antiquaries and Architectural Drawing in 17th-Century England.

Jérôme de La Gorce (Senior Researcher at the CNRS), A Little-known Project by Servandoni: The Décor of Fireworks for the Birth of a New Heir to the Throne (1732)

Charles Hind (Chief Curator and H. J. Heinz Curator of Drawings, RIBA British Architectural Library), A Classical or Gothic Monument: Proposals for Reconstructing the Houses of Parliament, 1735–1835

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Emmanuelle Brugerolles (Chief Curator, ENSBA Paris), From Architecture to Document: The Example of Drawings by Jean-Michel Chevotet for l’Architecture Française by Jean Mariette

Basile Baudez (Associate Professor, History of Modern and Contemporary Heritage, University Paris-Sorbonne), On the Use of Tracing Paper in Late 18th-Century Architecture: A Tool for Conception or Memory of Representations

Jean-Philippe Garric (Professor of History of Contemporary Architecture, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), The Monument to La Pérouse: To Document Labrouste’s Drawing

Marc Le Cœur (Art Historian, Teacher at the Ecole spéciale d’Architecture), Architects’ Drawings in the Print Department of the BnF: An Exceptional Yet Little-known Collection

Magnus Olausson (Head of Collections and Director of the Swedish National Portrait Gallery, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm), The Architect’s Practice in the Nationalmuseum of Stockholm Collections: Between Dream and Reality

Simon Texier (Professor at the Université de Picardie Jules-Verne), The Technical Drawings of the Perret Brothers: A Way towards the Monument