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Ron Arad Exhibition Paris

Ron Arad Void Chair at Centre Pompidou

Ron Arad
No Discipline Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou
Paris France

November 20th 2008 - March 16th 2009

When you happen to be in Paris this time of the year, try to visit the Centre Pompidou. For the first time in France, the Centre Pompidou is devoting a monograph to the British industrial designer and architect Ron Arad. We are great fans of the fluid form of design (maybe not so much of the title of the exhibition).

The work of Ron Arad is represented today by several works in the Design collection of the Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de création industrielle. Since its foundation, the Centre Pompidou has been a pioneering space for the presentation of the most outstanding contemporary designers, with many exhibitions devoted to key figures such as Ettore Sottsass, Philippe Starck, Charlotte Perriand…and, today, Ron Arad.

Born in Tel Aviv and trained at the Jerusalem Academy of Art, followed by the Architectural Association School in London, Ron Arad settled in London in 1973, where he has since produced a very varied range of creative objects based on sinusoidal, elliptical and oval forms, as unique pieces, limited series and mass-produced objects.

The name of Ron Arad immediately conjures up pieces such as the Bookworm bookcase (1993) and the Tom Vac chair (1997), but his surprising work goes beyond any easy classification and expresses a free creative spirit working without constrictions or frontiers in design, architecture and the plastic arts. Ron Arad defines himself as belonging to "No discipline".

The retrospective of his work proposed by the Centre Pompidou presents major and emblematic works, prototypes accompanied by audiovisual documents, limited series and mass-produced objects, along with numerous architectural projects.


Above: Ron Arad's Big Heavy' chair in mirror polished stainless steel realized $68,500.00 at the Christies Design Auction at the Rockefeller Plaza on September 8th 2008. 'Big Heavy' A Mirror-Polished Stainless Steel Chair was designed in 1989 and executed by The Gallery Mourmans, Belgium/Netherlands, number 16 from the edition of 20. 26 in. (66 cm.) high. Marked Ron Arad 16/20.

Above: Ron Arad's Blo-Void 2 chair in polished and anodized aluminum and aluminum mesh realized $68,500.00 at the Christies Design Auction at the Rockefeller Plaza on September 8th 2008. 'Blo-Void 2' A Polished and Anodized Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Chair, 2006
executed by The Gallery Mourmans, Belgium/Netherlands, artist's proof from the edition of 20 plus 5 artist's proofs. 26 in. (66 cm.) high. marked RA AP1.

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