Exhibitions 2013

The Institut Français is the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs' agency for external French culture. The agency is offering Revelations access to two of its travelling exhibitions: "Tableaux Tables" and "LuxInside".

© Cyrille Robin

Tableaux Tables

Les arts de la table, design et savoir-faire traditionnel

For the first time in France after a world tour, "Tables Tables" takes place at the Grand Palais during Révélations. The Tableaux Tables exhibition - Les arts de la table, design et savoir-faire traditionnel (Tableware, design and traditional skill) will therefore be offering an opportunity to highlight some remarkable collaborative partnerships between French designers and tableware manufacturing houses. Major names in French crockery, cutlery and crystal (such as Baccarat, Bernardaud, Christofle, Forge de Laguiole, Ligne Roset, Sentou...) have called upon renowned designers and young artists (Philippe Starck, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Olivier Gagnère, Matali Crasset, Tsé & Tsé...) to work on modernising their product ranges. The exhibition will reunite ten 60 x 120cm tables, which will be presented like paintings, each one depicting a different meal.

  • Scenography: the stylist Olivier Guillemin and the architect/designer Olivier Védrine, who, via their agency (o,o), provide prestigious names with artistic direction.
  • Exhibition Commissioner: Elisabeth Couturier, art critic and author whose publications include, in particular, "Design, mode d'emploi", published by Flammarion.

Escarpin Louboutin © LuxInside

LuxInside

Les traces de l'Homme

After Macau and Buenos Aires, the exhibiton "LuxInside", photographic journey into the heart of luxury, invests the Grand Palais. The LuxInside exhibition, the product of a collective artistic network, presents fifteen photographs of iconical luxury objects, which have been imaged by a scanner. These photographic representations unveil, for example, the interior of a Cadolle corset, of a Hermès saddle or a Louboutin court shoe, a Leica camera or a Gibson guitar, hence revealing the secrets of their production. It took the LuxInside team two years of experimentation before perfecting a protocol that would literally plunge the spectator into the heart of these luxury objects.

  • The LuxInside team comprises Laurence Picot - journalist and specialist of the luxury industry, Jean-François Paul - radiologist, Sylvain Ordureau - inventor of 3D imaging software applications and Ricardo Escobar, a digital artist.
  • Exhibition Commissioner: In an aim to alert the public on the gradual disappearance of our intangible heritage, Laurence Picot is the exhibition commissioner, hence offering an excellent link between its artistic and scientific dimensions.