23 November 2013 – 8 April 2014
Musée National Adrien Dubouché, Limoges
8 Place Winston Churchill, 87000 Limoges, France
+33 5 55 33 08 50

Ettore Sottsass (1917 – 2007), one of the greatest designers of the 20th century, is famous for his extensive body of work on architecture, furniture and office equipment designs. However, this exhibition aims at unveiling a less-known aspect of his work. Created in the Sèvres Porcelain Factory and in the International Centre of Research on Glass and Visual Arts (Cirva), these pieces show how fascinated Ettore Sottsass was with the workshop, this place for creation where materials are shaped by the sole ability of the hand and the accomplished craftsmen’s skills.

Ettore Sottsass was invited to Sèvres in 1993 and, from then on, he held an enthralling dialogue with porcelain, a material he had never worked with at the time. This first collaboration was a watershed in the factory production since it incorporated design for the first time into the process.

Thanks to Ernest Mourmans, a gallery-owner and friend of Ettore Sottsass, a new artistic collaboration took place in 2005 and a second workshop, Cirva, got on board with the project. Ettore Sottsass entrusted five sketches of vases and centerpieces to both teams, and thereby explored all possible aesthetic combinations between Sèvres porcelain and glass.

In the last ten years of his life, Ettore Sottsass submitted several other designs to the Cirva workshop, in order to expand their collaboration. With these creations, absolute odes to life, he gave up straight lines and let himself soar with the plasticity of the material and the vividness of colors.