Art deco France – North America
After the “1925, When Art Deco seduced the world” exhibit in 2013, La Cité Architecture and Heritage Center is continuing with a further chapter entitled “Art Deco, France-America. Mutual Emulation”, an exhibit which will show the influence of France in the 1920s over North America.
The Exhibit will tell the story of the bustling mutual emulation between France and North America, which began well before the First World War with the training at the National Fine Arts School in Paris of a great many American architects, who would construct and fit out new Art Deco style buildings in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal. Then, in Paris in 1925, with the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts which would steal the hearts of Americans looking for a new architectural trend, a whole new style, resolutely modern and where Herbert Hoover, secretary of State for commerce and soon to be President, sent a delegation comprising of 104 members!
On both sides of the Atlantic, a permanent challenge would begin between hearts and minds : architecture, sculpture and mural painting, cinema, fashion, press, sport, aviation, department stores, furniture, even going so far as way of life. After the stock market crash in 1929, the American people were in the midst of a deep depression and would transcend the new ideas of Art Deco. Through their own international exhibits - Chicago in 1933 and New York in 1939 – the Americans, in their own way and at their own grandiose scale, showcased The World of tomorrow.
- Emmanuel Bréon, Conservator in chief head of the murals and stainglass gallery
- Bénédicte Mayer, conservator
Around the exhibition
Made in Art déco
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