Jean Nouvel

French, b. 1945

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Jean Nouvel

French, b. 1945

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An internationally acclaimed architect whose projects include the Musée du quai Branly, Paris and the forthcoming Louvre Abu Dhabi, Jean Nouvel maintains a parallel practice in design and interior architecture. His path to “starchitecturedom” began in the 1970s, when he became a key participant in the intellectual debate about architecture in France. He co-founded the Mars architectural movement in 1976, and the Syndicat de l’Architecture in 1977. By the mid-1980s, he opened the first of his evolving practices. Nouvel considers himself an architect and a designer; he creates furniture, furnishings, carpets and flooring, and wearable and kitchen accessories. Their bold, streamlined forms derive from those of his buildings and from his focus on the elemental, as he describes: “The key word of my work is elementariness. I look primarily for the essence of things; I would like to invent archetypes.”

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Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Biography

An internationally acclaimed architect whose projects include the Musée du quai Branly, Paris and the forthcoming Louvre Abu Dhabi, Jean Nouvel maintains a parallel practice in design and interior architecture. His path to “starchitecturedom” began in the 1970s, when he became a key participant in the intellectual debate about architecture in France. He co-founded the Mars architectural movement in 1976, and the Syndicat de l’Architecture in 1977. By the mid-1980s, he opened the first of his evolving practices. Nouvel considers himself an architect and a designer; he creates furniture, furnishings, carpets and flooring, and wearable and kitchen accessories. Their bold, streamlined forms derive from those of his buildings and from his focus on the elemental, as he describes: “The key word of my work is elementariness. I look primarily for the essence of things; I would like to invent archetypes.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Jean Nouvel
After Years of Controversy, the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Grand Ambitions Fall Short
Nov 8th, 2017
These 13 Architects Will Change How We Live in New York City
Jan 28th, 2016
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