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musée des Arts décoratifs
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The Reading Room by Konstantin Grcic

from 20.06.2019
to 03.11.2019

On the occasion of the cultural season of the City of Bordeaux devoted to the theme of freedom, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design invites the German designer Konstantin Grcic to design a reading room.

The 2019 Cultural Season is dedicated to Freedom. This Reading Room is its beating heart. The texts gathered here are selected for their essential character as for their poetic breath.
We thank all the artists present in Bordeaux during this cultural season who have nourished this selection and more particularly the writer Aurélien Bellanger. He will reveal in this place the episodes of his summer novel, published every week in the newspaper Sud Ouest.

Reading room designed by Konstantin Grcic, 2019
Jardin Public - Bordeaux
©madd-bordeaux - A. Fosse

Opening : Thursday 20 June
From June 20th to 23rd : Fête du Fleuve
Until November 3rd (extension) : Jardin Public

Sunday, June 23 and August 18 at 3 pm: meeting with the writer Aurélien Bellanger

Please, feel free to share and post your favorite or most beautiful texts about Freedom on Instagram with the hashtag #libertebx2019.  We will share them on our Instagram account @madd_bordeaux

Konstantin Grcic

Konstantin Grcic (*1965) was trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London. He set up his own office in Munich in 1991. Today Konstantin Grcic Design is based in Berlin. The office is active in several fields ranging from industrial design projects, exhibition design and architectural collaborations. Amongst his renowned clients are Aeance, Authentics, Cassina, ClassiCon, Flötotto, Flos, Galerie Kreo, Kettal, Laufen, Magis, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Smart and Vitra. He is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Compasso d`Oro for his MAYDAY lamp (Flos, 2001), the MYTO chair (Plank, 2011) and the OK lamp (Flos 2016). Work by Konstantin Grcic forms part of the permanent collections of the world´s most important design museums (a.o. MoMA/New York, Centre Georges Pompidou/Paris). Grcic defines function in human terms, combining formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humour. His work is characterised by a careful research into the history of art, design and architecture and his passion for technology and materials.


We thank all the artists present in Bordeaux during this cultural season who have nourished this selection and more particularly the writer Aurélien Bellanger.

Jon Akomfrah
Johan Baggio
François Beaune
Martine Bedin
Aurélien Bellanger
Raphaëlle Boitel
Gonzalo Borondo
Benedetto Buffalino
Alexandre Chamelat
Boris Charmatz
Sylvain Creuzevault
Paul Daniel
Anthony Egea
Ruth Ewan
Massimo Furlan
Konstantin Grcic
Groupe F
Harry Gruyaert
Arthur Higelin
Yosi Horikawa
Zilvinas Kempinas
John Landis
Winston McAnuff
Marc Minkowski
Yan Morvan
Martin Parr
Charles Pétillon
Milo Rau
Jean-Pierre Raynaud
Michel Schweizer
Takako Saito
Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Léo Valls
Stephan Van Fleteren

A creation Liberté ! Bordeaux 2019

Commissaire : Constance Rubini, director of the madd-bordeaux

The museum want to thank :

Château Haut-Bailly,
mécène d’honneur

Nous remercions tous les artistes présents à Bordeaux pendant la saison culturelle qui ont nourri cette sélection et plus particulièrement l’écrivain Aurélien Bellanger, qui dévoile ici les épisodes de son roman de l’été, publié tous les dimanches dans le quotidien Sud Ouest.

Les bibliothèques de Bordeaux

Le musée souhaite également remercier pour leur fidèle soutien
Les Amis et le Cercle du madd
Château Nairac
Les Crus Bourgeois du Médoc
Les Galeries Lafayette
La société de négoce DIVA
Station Ausone - Mollat