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MELBOURNE WINTER MASTERPIECES 2020
Pierre Bonnard is one of the most beloved painters of the 20th century, celebrated for his use of colour to convey an exquisite sense of emotion. His close friend Henri Matisse declared that Bonnard was ‘a great painter, for today and definitely also for the future’. In 2020, Australians have the opportunity to appreciate this great painter, in the most comprehensive exhibition of Pierre Bonnard yet presented in this country.
A kaleidoscopic exhibition, Pierre Bonnard presents approximately 150 works by this celebrated French artist, spanning from the late nineteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century. Paintings, drawings, photographs, folding screens and early cinema bring modern France to life with startling beauty and vivid colour. Developed in partnership with Musée d’Orsay, Paris, the exhibition is largely drawn from the museum’s impressive holdings of works by Bonnard alongside significant loans from other collections in France and beyond.
For Pierre Bonnard, the NGV has commissioned celebrated award-winning Iranian Paris-based designer India Mahdavi to design the exhibition’s scenography. Mahdavi will engage with both art history and contemporary culture to create a unique exhibition experience that will frame Pierre Bonnard’s works among wall and floor applications, as well as furniture, adding a three-dimensional experience that brings to life the sumptuous, domestic interior worlds Bonnard became synonymous for.
An interior design icon, Mahdavi was named in 2014 by Architectural Digest as among the world’s 100 most influential architects and designers. Her singular approach to colour and texture in interior spaces has resulted in several acclaimed architectural projects, including a successful collaboration with contemporary British artist David Shrigley for Sketch gallery and restaurant in London. Mahdavi’s interest in the domestic interior has also resulted in ranges of furniture and design objects for the home.
Working across numerous disciplines, Mahdavi undertook training in architecture (DPLG – Paris), industrial design (Copper Union, NYC), graphic design (School of Visual Arts, NYC) and furniture design (Parson’s NYC).
Her Paris-based studio, established in 1999, operates alongside two individual showrooms. One of these spaces is dedicated to an upmarket collection of locally made furniture and the other showcases small objects that are also applied across Mahdavi’s interior design projects.
Mahdavi is a sought-after speaker at design events worldwide and regularly lends her expertise to professional juries. Her recent jury credits include President of the Design Jury for Ateliers de Paris (2019), member of the jury for the Dezeen Awards (2018), and President of the Jury at the Beirut Design Fair 2017 (1st edition). The co-writer of the interior style guidebook Home Chic (2012), Mahdavi is also the inspiration for the exclusive brand, Polyglotte & Polychrome, India Mahdavi.
Exhibition organised by The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.