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Maison tropicale, Brazzaville prototype, 1953© Jean Prouvé© Centre Pompidou, Mnam-CCI, Bibliothèque Kandinsky, fonds Jean Prouvé©  Adagp, Paris© SABAM Belgium 2018

In the former Citroën garage parking lot, large installations from the Center Pompidou's collections invite free movement in the vast spaces of the workshop.

Jean Prouvé, Maison tropicale, 1953

The Maison Tropicale, whose only concrete realization in Africa was as a show home, is a symbol of the frustrated industrial production of Jean Prouvé and of the ongoing development of his ideas on standardization and prefabrication. Metal against metal, a dialogue takes shape between the Maison Tropicale and the structure of the workshop.

« Around the Maison Tropicale » : a cinematic and discursive programme

From May 2018 to June 2019, the presentation of the Maison Tropicale will be accompanied by a cinematic and discursive programme that casts a critical contemporary perspective on the issues in terms of aesthetics and memory of European colonial history.

Project curated by Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou.

To each his own house. Housing in the Belgian Congo: 1945 – 1960

As a counterpoint to Jean Prouvé's Maison tropicale, an icon of modern architecture that remains a prototype, CIVA offers an exhibition made from its own archives, showing the reality of what was built in the Belgian Congo in the post-war years: responses to the housing crisis, technical experiments and adaptation to climate, tropical modernism, metropolitan architecture, and of course, spatial translation of social segregation.

Toyo Ito, Pao II: Dwellings for the Tokyo Nomad Women, 1989–2017

On the threshold of the virtual, Pao II presents itself as a frail shelter suspended over the insatiable urban fabric of the Japanese metropolises. Presented in one of the workshop’s short tunnels, the work proclaims the qualities of the nomad dwelling and advocates the use of light structures to form open spaces, capable of submitting to the uses of everyday life.

In the exhibition “ Japan-ness. Architecture et urbanisme au Japon depuis 1945”, Centre Pompidou - Metz, 25/08/2017-08/01/2018© Toyo Ito© Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Bertrand Prévost

Ross Lovegrove for Lasvit, Lasvit LiquidKristal Pavilion, 2012

This glass pavilion unites digital architecture and design, oscillating through its undulating walls between a liquid and solid state. It is here transformed into a ‘prospective cabinet’ in which are displayed works by young designers exploring the most advanced digital technologies. This installation was made with the support of Lasvit.

Pavillon Lasvit LiquidKristal, 2012.Verre LiquidKristal, structure en acier, plafond tendu Barrisol 4x12x8m© Ross Lovegrove© Alisa Andrasek (Video animations)© Lasvit (Czech republic)© Simone Cupoli