22/02/2023 - 27/05/2023

Mid C20th - Archive Show

PROTEAN: Art & Architecture in Post-War France

Mon-Fri: 10-6pm; Sat: 11-4pm

Since the destruction caused by WWII France has established a policy of integrating art and architecture for the spiritual enrichment of society. In 1945 Charles de Gaulle appointed the novelist and intellectual André Malraux as information minister, subsequently France’s first cultural affairs minister.

Malraux insisted on substantial funding of public works being allocated to artistic commissions, an ethos which would later become legislated as the “1%” policy, that being the portion of construction costs to be spent on artwork, and administered by the Fonds d’Intervention Culturelle (FIC).

During the post-war era numerous public buildings from schools and universities to rail stations and government buildings, benefitted from Malraux’s passionate belief in the arts, with contemporary artists being commissioned for everything from paving designs, mosaics, murals, and monuments.

In this exhibition we are delighted to bring together a selection of these artists and archive material illustrating their architectural commissions during this rich period of cross-disciplinary integration.


Mayfair 21 Woodstock St, W1C 2AP