Symposium Charlotte Perriand

Wednesday 4 December 2019 - Auditorium

10 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibition Charlotte Perriand : Inventing a New World (until 24 February 2020), the Fondation hosts a symposium about the french architect.


Introduced by Pernette Perriand-Barsac and Jean-Paul Claverie, advisor to Bernard Arnault, and in presence of Suzanne Pagé, artistic director of the Fondaton Louis Vuitton, four round-table discussions, led by Laure Adler, Jean-Louis Cohen and Katia Baudin, will take place with international specialists and academics. Sébastien Cherruet, organisator of the conference, in collaboration with Martine Dancer, will coordinate the round-table and give the closing talk.


The discussion themes will provide an opportunity to review Perriand's life and career from the perspective of her artistic activities as well as her social and political engagement. We will examine her stance on the individual's role in nature, the position of women in society, a new type of living environment, the way different types of artistic creation relate to each other, and the concept of a “synthesis of the arts”.

Round Table I

Architect and designer

Moderator : Laure Adler Writer


Michelle Perrot Professor emeritus of Contemporary History at the Paris Diderot University

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mary Pepchinski Professur für Architektur und Gesellschaft, Technische Universität Dresden

Scientific Directof ot the exhibition FRAU ARCHITEKTA

Marie Laure Jousset Honorary Chief Curator, Former Head of the MNAM design department, Centre Georges Pompidou

Odile Decq (video message) Designer Architect

Patricia Urquiola Designer Architect

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (message vidéo) Designers

Round Table II

Socially aware artist

Moderator : Jean-Louis Cohen Professor at the New-York University and at Collège de France


Cynthia Fleury Professor, Chair of "Humanities and Health" 

National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts

Sarah Wilson Professor at the Courtauld Institute of London

Véronique Bergen Writer and Philosopher 

Membre de l’Académie Royale de Langue et de Littérature françaises de Belgique

Member of the Royal Academy of Language and French Literature of Belgium

Round Table III

Reconstruction, Restitution, Exhibition

Moderator : Jean-Louis Cohen Professor at the New-York University and at Collège de France


Arthur Rüegg Architect, professor of architecture and constuction at Ecole Polytechnique (ETH) of Zurich

Winfried Brenne Architect

Pascal Mory IGR - Architect and Project Director

Jean-François Bodin Architect, scenographer of the exhibition

Round Table IV

Towards a synthesis of the art ?

Moderator : Katia Baudin Director of Kunstmuseen Krefeld


Jacques Barsac Expert of Charlotte Perriand's work

Germain Viatte Honorary General Curator 

Romy Golan Professor-PhD Program in Art History- Graduate Center, City University of New York / Designer

Paul Ardenne Art historian

The essential

Wednesday 4 December 2019
10 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. - Auditorium


The programme

Symposium in conjunction with the exhibition 

Charlotte Perriand : Inventing a New World


10 a.m. - 10.30 a.m.



10.30 a.m. - 11.45 a.m.

I - Round Table : Architect and Designer


11.45 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

II - Round Table : A Socially aware artist


2.30 p.m. - 3.45 p.m. 

III - Round Table : Reconstruction, Restitution, Exhibition


3.45 p.m. - 5 p.m.

IV - Round Table : Towards a synthesis of the art ?


5 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Closing talk with Sébastien Cherruet 

Curator of the exhibition

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