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In Marseille, Jean Prouvé lives in the landscape

In Marseille, Jean Prouvé lives in the landscape

IFA, Dimitrijevic Archive. C. Baraja, E. Touchaleaume, Archives Gallery 54, Paris

In the extreme south of the city, in the protected nature of the National Park of Calanques, the Friche de l'Escalette, long abandoned in the state of vestige, opens to the public with the discovery of the prototype "Habitat Tropical Cameroun" of Jean Prouvé and installations of artists in the open air. Amazing encounter ...

A piece of the world encamped between land and sea like a movie set, limestone, almost lunar, that the Marseillais had finally forgotten, delivered to its wild loneliness, overhanging the road Goudes ...

La Friche de l'Escalette in the distance, nestled in the heart of the Calanques National Park

IFA, Dimitrijevic Archive. C. Baraja, E. Touchaleaume, Archives Gallery 54, Paris

But the fate of this remarkable industrial heritage (an old plumbed factory, active from 1851 to 1925) spreading on the hill facing the small port of L'Escalette, crossed one morning the road of Éric Touchaleaume: antique dealer and Parisian gallerist, unconditional city phoenix, he is especially a seasoned specialist of prefabricated architectures of the "tortiler plate" Nancy. In 2011, he bought the site and is already dreaming of exploiting it to share his passion for Jean Prouvé's light structures and sculpture. The dice are thrown, but the task is colossal! Led by his eldest son Elliot, the small local team gets involved in the project, evacuates the carcasses of abandoned cars, fills dozens of dumpsters of waste, clears by taking care to preserve very specific vegetation - figs, pines, aloe -, delineates safe walking routes, closing the site previously delivered to squatters.

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The conservation of the ruins of the site, the Friche de l'Escalette

IFA, Dimitrijevic Archive. C. Baraja, E. Touchaleaume, Archives Gallery 54, Paris

The structure of the Cameroonian habitat reinterpreted

IFA, Dimitrijevic Archive. C. Baraja, E. Touchaleaume, Archives Gallery 54, Paris

The rehabilitation of the building, the conservation of the ruins proscribing any brutal intervention (the laying of reinforcements and metal staples to reinforce in the rules of the art, the works weakened by the thrust of the roots), the restoration of the houses imagined by the great designer French, will have led the dance until the beginning of this summer. With only one requirement: to preserve the poetic dimension of the wasteland and to cultivate the spirit of the cabanon so dear to Jean Prouvé and his fellow travelers, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier, as to the Marseillais who surround it with a simple philosophy happy and modest life at the water's edge.

Reinterpretation of the Cameroonian habitat of the 50s

IFA, Dimitrijevic Archive. C. Baraja, E. Touchaleaume, Archives Gallery 54, Paris

The rest, then, is this exhibition of a new habitat, humble and protective, born of a collaboration between Jean Prouvé and Atelier LWD from 1958 to 1964, coupled with the artistic intervention of Marjolaine Dégremont and Vincent Scali . The next appointment is announced for 2017, around the Futuro space house of Matti Suuronen ...

The Cameroonian habitat

IFA, Dimitrijevic Archive. C. Baraja, E. Touchaleaume, Archives Gallery 54, Paris

From the Cameroonian housing of the 50s to today's reinterpretation, closely rooted in this former industrial site on the south coast of Marseille, the setting in space finds an intact vocation

IFA, Dimitrijevic Archive. C. Baraja, E. Touchaleaume, Archives Gallery 54, Paris

The installation Touching the sky, by Marjolaine Dégremont, one of the guest artists

IFA, Dimitrijevic Archive. C. Baraja, E. Touchaleaume, Archives Gallery 54, Paris

La Friche de l'Escalette, in the heart of the Calanques National Park

IFA, Dimitrijevic Archive. C. Baraja, E. Touchaleaume, Archives Gallery 54, Paris

Until September 30th, Friche de l'Escalette, Route des Goudes, 13008. Free visits in small groups by reservation, wasteland-escalette.com