Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, November 4, 2016 – March 26, 2017

“The Jewish Museum presents the first U.S. exhibition focused on French designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883-1950). Showcasing rare furniture, lighting fixtures, and interiors, as well as designs for the extraordinary Maison de Verre, the glass house completed in Paris in 1932, Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design brings together over 180 rarely-seen works from major public and private collections in Europe and the United States. It will also address Chareau’s life and work in the New York area, after he left Paris during the German occupation of the city, including the house he designed for Robert Motherwell in 1947 in East Hampton, Long Island. In his day Chareau was celebrated as a designer of exquisite furniture and stylish interiors, which he displayed at the annual salons of decorative art. Both facets of his creative life are part of a single vision explored in the exhibition.

The interdisciplinary studio of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is the exhibition designer for Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design. Through various forms of technology – video projections, virtual reality, digital installations, and film – used within the exhibition galleries, DS+R has created atmospheric scenes that convey imagined functional and social contexts for Chareau’s work.” — The Jewish Museum

“Design exhibitions are central to the Jewish Museum’s program,” said Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director. “This exhibition brings together the work of two great innovators: Pierre Chareau and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. By collaborating with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, whose ability to integrate technology with art and design is unparalleled, the Jewish Museum is creating an especially rich and dynamic experience for our visitors.”

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 4, 2016 ñ March 26, 2017, at The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Exhibition entrance of Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 4, 2016 ñ March 26, 2017, at The Jewish Museum, NY. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, NY. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Left to right: Pierre Chareau, bicolor credenza designed for Julia Ullmann, c. 1928, lacquered wood. Miguel Saco; Pierre Chareau, Bicolor table designed for Julia Ullmann, c. 1929, knotty walnut and lacquer. Paolo and Maddalena Kind, London; Pierre Chareau, wall cabinet, c. 1928, walnut and black patinated iron, with interior in sycamore. Vallois America, New York; La Religieuse (the nun) floor lamp, c. 1923, mahogany and alabaster, with metalwork by Louis Dalbet. Robert and Cheska Vallois, Paris. From the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 4, 2016 ñ March 26, 2017, at The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Left to right: Pierre Chareau, bicolor credenza designed for Julia Ullmann, c. 1928, lacquered wood. Miguel Saco; Pierre Chareau, Bicolor table designed for Julia Ullmann, c. 1929, knotty walnut and lacquer. Paolo and Maddalena Kind, London; Pierre Chareau, wall cabinet, c. 1928, walnut and black patinated iron, with interior in sycamore. Vallois America, New York; La Religieuse (the nun) floor lamp, c. 1923, mahogany and alabaster, with metalwork by Louis Dalbet. Robert and Cheska Vallois, Paris. From the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Will Ragozzino/ SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 4, 2016 ñ March 26, 2017, at The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 4, 2016 ñ March 26, 2017, at The Jewish Museum, NY. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, NY. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Corbeille sofa (MP169), 1923, designed by Pierre Chareau, with upholstery by Jean LurÁat, velours and tapestry, 23Ω x 77º x 17º in. Collection of Audrey Friedman and Haim Manishevitz

Corbeille sofa, 1923, designed by Pierre Chareau, with upholstery by Jean Lurçat, velours and tapestry, 23½ x 77¼ x 17¼ in. Collection of Audrey Friedman and Haim Manishevitz.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 4, 2016 ñ March 26, 2017, at The Jewish Museum, NY. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, NY. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Table and bookcase (MB960), c. 1930, designed by Pierre Chareau, walnut and black patinated wrought iron, 36Ω x 45º x 8 in.; table: 23Ω in. high, 33æ diameter. Galerie Vallois Paris.

Table and bookcase, c. 1930, designed by Pierre Chareau, walnut and black patinated wrought iron, 36½ x 45¼ x 8 in.; table: 23½in. high, 33¾ diameter. Galerie Vallois Paris.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 4, 2016 ñ March 26, 2017, at The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Telephone table (MB152) and Religieuse table lamp, c. 1924, designed by Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950). Table: walnut and patinated wrought iron; 31 3?4 ◊ 401?8 (extended) ◊ 15 in. (80.5 ◊ 102 ◊ 38 cm). Lamp: walnut, patinated wrought iron, and alabaster; 161?8 in. (41 cm) high. Collection Dominique Suisse

Telephone table and Religieuse table lamp, c. 1924, designed by Pierre Chareau. Table: walnut and patinated wrought iron; 31¾ x  40⅛ (extended) x 15 in. (80.5 x 102 x 38 cm). Lamp: walnut, patinated wrought iron, and alabaster; 16⅛ in. (41 cm) high. Collection Dominique Suisse.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 4, 2016 ñ March 26, 2017, at The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 4, 2016 ñ March 26, 2017, at The Jewish Museum, NY. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Virtual reality headsets allows you to view furniture in Chareau’s rooms. From the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, NY. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 4, 2016 ñ March 26, 2017, at The Jewish Museum, NY. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Virtual reality headsets allows you to view furniture in Chareau’s rooms. From the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, NY. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Left to right: Pierre Chareau, telephone fan table, c. 1924, wood. Private collection, New York; Pierre Chareau, Two high-backed chauffeuses (fireside armchairs), c. 1925, wood and velours, with tapestry upholstery by Jean LurÁat, reupholstered 1968. Private collection. From the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 4, 2016 ñ March 26, 2017, at The Jewish Museum, NY Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Left to right: Pierre Chareau, telephone fan table, c. 1924, wood. Private collection, New York; Pierre Chareau, Two high-backed chauffeuses (fireside armchairs), c. 1925, wood and velours, with tapestry upholstery by Jean Lurçat, reupholstered 1968. Private collection. From the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, NY Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950) and Bernard Bijvoet (Dutch, 1889-1979), Maison de Verre, 1928-1932.

Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950) and Bernard Bijvoet (Dutch, 1889-1979), Maison de Verre, 1928-1932.

Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950) and Bernard Bijvoet (Dutch, 1889-1979), Maison de Verre, 1928-1932.

Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950) and Bernard Bijvoet (Dutch, 1889-1979), Maison de Verre, 1928-1932.

Installation view of the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, November 4, 2016 ñ March 26, 2017, at The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Large-scale digital reconstruction that allows you to experience different views of the house as if you are moving through it. From the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo: Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com. Exhibition design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Living room in the Paris apartment of HÈlËne Bernheim, 1923, designed by Pierre Chareau.

Living room in the Paris apartment of Hélène Bernheim, 1923, designed by Pierre Chareau.

Alcove for Lord & Taylor, New York, 1928, designed by Pierre Chareau. Smithsonianís National Museum of American History.

Alcove for Lord & Taylor, New York, 1928, designed by Pierre Chareau. Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The house designed for Robert Motherwell, by Pierre Chareau in 1947.

The house designed for Robert Motherwell, by Pierre Chareau in 1947.

Laure Albin-Guillot (French, 1879-1962) Pierre Chareau, 1925, fresson monochrome process, 12 7/8 X 9 1/2 in. (32.7 x 24 cm.) . Purchased in 1981. National Fund of Contemporary Art. Allocation to the Centre Pompidou, MusÈe National díArt Moderne, Centre de Creation Industrielle, Paris on 11.1988.

Laure Albin-Guillot (French, 1879-1962). Pierre Chareau, 1925, fress on monochrome process, 12 7/8 X 9 1/2 in. (32.7 x 24 cm.). Purchased in 1981. National Fund of Contemporary Art. Allocation to the Centre Pompidou, Musèe National dí Art Moderne, Centre de Creation Industrielle, Paris on 11.1988.

Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design is organized by the Jewish Museum in collaboration with The Centre Pompidou. The exhibition is organized by Guest Curator Esther da Costa Meyer, Professor of the history of modern architecture, Princeton University, assisted by Claudia Nahson, Morris & Eva Feld Curator, The Jewish Museum.

Images courtesy The Jewish Museum.