02 May 2009
30 Aug 2009


Galeries Poirel, Nancy

Emile Gallé remains for eternity the artist of Art nouveau glass, Louis Majorelle is indeed the man of wood. As “industrial” cabinet maker, he succeeded in creating a strong and different way inside the Ecole de Nancy: the Majorelle style, made of dynamics, fluidity and modernity. His high sensibility towards innovation is still noticeable in the production of the twenties, and in the creations of the Majorelle factory in the late fifties.

The museum of the Ecole de Nancy will relate this creative adventure through the very first exhibition devoted to Louis Majorelle and his factory between 1880 and 1940.

This appointment with one of the most remarkable personality of the Ecole de Nancy and of the history of decorative arts will show the originality and the versatility of Majorelle’s internationally renowned work. Divided in five sections, the route will retrace the succession of Majorelle styles, from the last years of the 19th century until the functional furniture of the forties, then enlighten the stakes and ambitions for a twentieth century art industry, and finally reunite some of the sophisticated ensembles created during these fifty years of production.

170 works, some of them still unpublished, belonging to the Ecole de Nancy museum, private and public collections, in France or abroad, will be showed and a catalogue, directed by Mrs Roselyne Bouvier, curator of the exhibition and Professor of contemporary art history at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art in Epinal will be published on this occasion.

Coiffeuse et tabouret, vers 1930-33
Devant de foyer
Fauteuil fougères - eperany, Maison Perrier-Jouët
Lampe au magnolia vers 1900
Meuble de musique - Collection particulière
Portrait de Louis Majorelle par Jacques Majorelle
Table de chevet, 1902
Meuble aux pélicans vers 1925
Affiche de l'exposition
General information
Galeries Poirel
3, rue Victor Poirel
54000 Nancy
Tel. +33 3 83 32 31 25

Opening hours and rates:
Open from wednedsay to sunday de 10 am to 6 pm
Audioguide: 1 euro
Full rate: 8 euros (including the visit of Ecole de Nancy Museum)
Concessions: 6 euros (including the visit of Ecole de Nancy Museum)

Special rate for visitors of the Emile Gallé, Nature et symbolisme. Influences du Japon exhibition presented at the Georges de La Tour Museum (Vic-sur-Seille) : 4 euros (with the entrance ticket from 5 may to 30 august 2009)
Guest curator :
Roselyne Bouvier
Press Contact:
Sandrine Mahaut

3 rue de Turbigo 75001 Paris
T. +33 1 42 72 60 01