“Never design anything that cannot be made,” was the principle guideline of Jean Prouv? (1901-1984), the French designer whose work is having its first U.S. museum exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art from August 14-November 27. Prouv? was originally a metalworker who went on to be a pioneer in prefab housing beginning in the 1950s. The MOCA exhibit will highlight three of Prouv??s prefab buildings through the photography of Lucien Herv?: the Glassmaking School in Croismare and the Aluminum Centenary Pavilion, both in France; and the Tropical House, originally in Africa.
In addition to the Nomadic Structures, the MOCA exhibit will include furniture and elements of Prouve’s modular architectural works. Though lesser known than other architects and designers of the 20th century, Prouve’s forward-thinking work is highly relevant to today’s booming field of design, in which the greatest task of technology is to create something simple, accessible and flexible.