Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine : L’Architecte, Portraits et clichés

Lhas Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris (16e) Currently presents "The Architect, portraits and snapshots," an exhibition tracing the evolution of the role and the profession of image within the company and throughout the ages, from ancient Imhotep to contemporary Frank Gehry.

During the presentation to the press of the exhibition's co-curators, architect, historian and teacher Philippe Rivoirard, introduced the event with a dash of humor nevertheless indicative of some discomfort inherent in the status and the image of a profession: "In the beginning there was God but God was architecture". The dice were thrown so!

In the upper gallery of the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, the visitor discovers the chronological evolution of a profession and, implicitly, the social status associated with it, from antiquity to the present. He also learns that it was not until the Renaissance that the word architect makes its present meaning. The architect then leaves the site and execution to address the pure design, as described in its Albertini Theoretical and Practical Treatise of the art of building of 1480. Gradually the architect, who has since exceeded his role as master mason, and his ego so pervade society and beginning to carve the portrait. Diverse and varied representations are emerging: engravings, paintings, medallions and even aSelfie- before the time - showing Jacques Lemercier (1585-1654) in front of his work: the chapel of the Sorbonne. Then, if evidence of the growing importance of this function, Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart (1808-1825) became the first professional one to give his name to a building. Until the appearance of the symbol of the arch-star in the person of Charles Garnier (1825-1898).


The exhibition then leaves the chronological thread to another theme this time approaching the subject of the look of a profession that leaves the tie - dragging on the drawing board - for the bow tie, before adopting Hollington the suit and twenty pockets to accommodate a pencil, ruler and other tools of a profession, which then become the attributes of his office. A collection of glasses and pipes having belonged to Le Corbusier is also exposed. "We tried to avoid Le Corbusier but we were not able », Book, fun, one of the commissioners. A presentation which changes may be more fetishism than historical relevance.


Finally, "The architect in a" back on treatment and ownership of this character by popular culture in all its forms: the novel, film, television, advertising or cartoons. For example, sees Frank Gehry throw a ground ball of paper in an episode of Simpsons to which he lent his voice rubbish which he then uses as inspiration to achieve one of its buildings.

While it is regrettable here a little too linear and chronological perspective, this exhibition covers more than a domain, a profession under a rarely explored prism: that of its "front".

"The architect. Portraits and photographs "until September 4 2017, Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris (16ᶱ)

Emmanuel Bréon, The architect portraits and snapshotsFrance, Norma editions, 2016, 288 pages x 24 28,8 cm 45 euros

Photos: City of Architecture and Heritage

1) Displays the exhibition Portrait of Claude Parent in the square - CAPA
2) advertising cigarette card, the architect - DR
3) The painter Odette Pauvert and promotion 1926 - Académie de France in Rome, Villa Medici
9) Figurine Imhotep - Amiens, Picardy Museum - photography by Jean-Louis Boutillier
10) moralized Bible Vienna, God Great Architect of the Universe - Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien
11) Portrait of Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Antoine François Callet - Carnavalet Museum-History of Paris
12) Portrait of Auguste Perret, Thép Van Rysselberghe - RMNGP-Orsay Museum
13) Charles Rennie Mackintosh, James Craig Annan - National Portrait Gallery
14) Habit architect Jean Berain - Fine Arts Paris-RMNGP
15) Portrait of Claude Parent in the square - CAPA
16) Victor Baltard, self-portrait - Private collection
17) Interior view of the workshop Paul Bigot - CAPA
18) Movie Poster Carnival Henri Verneuil - DR
19) Good point Charles Garnier - DR
20) Portrait of Jacques Lemercier, Philippe de Champaigne - RMNGP, Palace of Versailles - photography Gérard Blot

To learn more, visit the site of the City of Architecture and Heritage


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