From October 13, 2022 to April 16, 2023, find a major exhibition on the 80s, presented in the nave of the Museum of Decorative Arts.
The 80s marked the spirits, whether in music, fashion or history. In effect, this historic decade resonates in France as a political and artistic turning point in the fields of fashion, design and graphic design, from the election of François Mitterrand in 1981 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
This is why the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has decided to stage them and celebrate them through 700 works: objects, furniture, fashion silhouettes, posters, photographs, clips, record covers and fanzinesretracing this frenetic period synonymous with eclecticism and change.
The exhibition is punctuated by three themes that wonderfully reflect this renewal of ideas and forms specific to the decade: a new political and cultural era, effervescent design and the look of the 80s.
Indeed, the 80s saw the birth of a new generation of designers, such as Olivier Gagnère, Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti, Philippe Starck or Martin Szekely in a context more favorable to freedom of expression.
The silhouette, too, is freed from the injunctions of style and certain fashion designers are elevated to the rank of “superstars” such as Jean Paul Gaultier or Thierry Mugler, who allow themselves all the extravagances. Advertising, graphic design and audiovisual had their heyday with, among others, Jean-Paul Goude, Jean-Baptiste Mondino and Etienne Robial. Finally, in music, a history of the party is written in the mythical places of the French capital, ranging from new-wave music to post-punk via hip-hop.
The scenography of the exhibition, which will take place in the nave of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, was thought of as an upheaval of shapes and colors, and was entrusted to the designer Adrian Rovero.
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Feature photo: © Pierre and Gilles