February 1– March 24
Atelier van Lieshout, Benjamin Baltimore, Vincent Beaurin, Daniel Buren, Comme des Garçons / Rei Kawakubo, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Sonia Delaunay, Dan Friedman, Anish Kapoor, Guillaume Leblon, Philippe Million, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Tobias Rehberger, Simon Starling, Pierre Staudenmeyer, Franz Erhard Walther, Lawrence Weiner, Richard Wentworth, Robert Wilson
The Tulip chair designed by Saarinen, benches by Bertoia and Akari lamps by Noguchi are icons created respectively by an architect and two sculptors. A1043 being founded by an artist and a landscape architect, we are particularly intrigued by these creators who test the boundaries of their conventional practices. If previously mentioned creators developed their projects with manufacturers, others, by choice or lack of opportunity, abandoned their productions at the prototype phase or small-scale production. Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Sonia Delaunay, Sophie Tauber Arp, Donald Judd, Franz West and Jorge Pardo, to mention the most famous, are among the artists who, at one point in their careers, for artistic, practical or simply financial reasons, designed utilitarian objects. We are, of course, familiar with seats designed by Judd and West but less so, for example, with lamps by Brancusi, Calder and Sonia Delaunay.
At a time when some designs borrow manufacturing, production and exhibition procedures from contemporary art, A1043 presents a selection of objects in the Borders exhibition by creators who do not usually fall within the scope of design or toying with its limits. They are artists, graphic designers or even gallery owners. These objects are at the boundary of design, decorative arts and contemporary art. They share a diverse language that prevents them from belonging to a single discipline and at the same time perhaps open up perspectives for a new category of objects. Planted in the ground, Tony Cragg’s garden tools become sculptures. Lawrence Wiener’s office waste bin becomes a sculpture positioned in the white and sterile gallery environment. Borders is an opportunity to discover and rediscover objects that disappeared prematurely or were insufficiently displayed.