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Olivier CinqualbrePaul Nelson, Architecte inventeur

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“Presentation of the work of P. Nelson. Discovering France during the First World War, he continued his architectural training there between 1920 and 1927 and stayed until 1940. A specialist in prefabrication and hospital architecture, he actively participated in the reconstruction after the Second World War, notably with the Saint-Lô hospital. With unpublished archives.

Trained at the Beaux-Arts and influenced by his master Auguste Perret, author of projects that gave rise to books rather than buildings, Paul Nelson (Chicago, 1895-Marseille, 1979) was a functionalist architect but above all a humanist: an inventor of architecture. He introduced American techniques to Europe and taught on both sides of the Atlantic. Specialising in hospital architecture, he designed the France-US memorial hospital in Saint-Lô, an emblematic monument of the Reconstruction, and the hospital centres in Dinan and Arles. His exchanges with the artists of his time, to whom he was close – Joan Miró, Georges Braque, for whom he built a studio in Varengeville, Alexander Calder and Fernand Léger, for whom he designed a museum – generated a dynamic that renewed his apprehension of space: his Maison suspendue (Hanging House) is an architectural manifesto. The exhibition and the accompanying book present the architect and inventor from the extensive archive deposited at the Centre Pompidou.”

  • Olivier Cinqualbre
  • BPI Centre Pompidou
  • Language French
  • Release2021
  • Pages141
  • Format28 x 22.3 cm
  • ISBN9782844269041

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