Camille Pissarro, The First Among the Impressionists
(Vanves: Hazan, 2017)
I copy-edited and proofread the text for this catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition Camille Pissarro "The first among the impressionnists" from 23 February to 2 July 2017 at the musée Marmottan Monet.
More than a century separates the work of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas from that of the French architect Samuel Menjot de Dammartin, who erected the building at 9 rue du Plâtre in Paris in 1891. The new creation by Rem Koolhaas, co-founder of the architectural firm OMA and winner of the 2000 Pritzker Prize, is nested in the courtyard of this building constructed during the Industrial Revolution. This former warehouse in the Marais district, built for the needs of the nearby Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville department store, has been converted into a production workshop and an exhibition machine for Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette.
From the initial discussions with OMA and its think tank AMO in 2012, to the final weeks of construction in autumn 2017, the book 9 Plâtre looks back at the many stages involved in creating a building that will serve as a tool for supporting, producing and presenting the artworks of its time. In an interview, Rem Koolhaas discusses the conceptual, artistic, social and political considerations that determined the architecture of his first building in Paris, while photographic works by Bas Princen take a keen look at the space’s successive transformations. 9 Plâtre is a manifesto that sets out the principles of an art space open to the city and the general public. It marks the beginning of an art programme bringing together ideas and practices.