by Feipel & Bechameil

Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal invites people to come redefine their relationships with time and space trough Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil’s evolving installations, “A  Perfect World”. 

The installations will present three inhabited masterpieces from the twentieth century that promised, at a certain time, a “perfect world that was beautiful and functional, but are now considered as black sheep of architecture”.  Feipel and Beachameil reconstructed the four “tour nuages” located in the Pablo Picasso quarter designed by the architect Emile Aillaud, “La cite des 4000 in Courneuve” constructed by Clément Tamuté and Henri Delacroix, and finally, the building “Orgues de Flandres” designed by Martin Schultz Van Treeck in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. 

Both artists are interested in the progress that these buildings represent and their decisive roll in the history of architecture. They found it fascinating how unique those edifices are, and how they are partially disappearing. Artists had analysed old buildings that were constructed after World War 2 in order to rehouse the population and bring comfort to the working class. Nowadays, we see them as ghettos because the government discredited and abandoned them. What was once a dream is now a place of fear. Real or imagined, the artists look at a particular time, when the edifice were about to be demolish, when its been deprived of its glasses, its steel and all its lure. The buildings is naked and suspended in time. Lost in a transitional appearance, viewers are unsure if the construction is about to take place and people are about to live there or if it's the end of the building. A Perfect World is nourished by the apprehension of an uncertain future that seems to elude us in favour of an incurable fever of power. 

The work of Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil, “A Perfect World” will open on June 25 at le Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris, France.