L’Atelier Jespers a accueilli des grands noms du design tels que Domeau & Peres, Michael Anastasiades ou encore le duo d’architecte Berger & Berger. Dans le cadre de Design september et d’Art Brussels, évènements majeurs de la scène culturelle belge, l’Atelier a à cœur de proposer des expositions éxigeantes et nourissantes pour les visiteurs. Il a ainsi su s’imposer comme lieu incontournable des programmations artistiques bruxelloises. L’écrin de la maison moderniste crée en 1928 par Victor Bourgeois, membre du CIAM et premier professeur de l’atelier d’arcitecture de La Cambre, donne à l’Atelier Jespers, l’ancrage historique et esthétique dont les expositions ont besoin pour rendre les exceptionnelles. L’ambiguité voulue de la maison/atelier stimule parfaitement les désirs des créateurs et confère aux évènements organisés à l’Atelier Jespers à la fois un côté intime dans un cadre publique.
Après 2 années d’activités intenses, Jean-François Declercq décide en 2017 de créer #itinérance afin de proposer sa programmation à des lieux, des évènements et des foires partout en Europe. C’est ainsi que le projet commence à capter l’attention de la presse internationale. Le projet a déjà notamment participé à 5 foires depuis sa création, Paris (Design Elysées 2017 & 2018), Bruxelles (COLLECTIBLE 2018), Milan (MiArt 2018), Cômes (Lake Como Design Faire 2018) et Beyrouth (Beirut Design Fair 2018). Lors de sa première curation « hors les murs » en janvier 2018, Il a présenté pas loin de 26 designers belges dans le prestigieux Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxellois BOZAR, et en mai de la même année, il co-produit avec le Ceramiste Frederick Gautier l’exposition « Tokonoma project » au sein du bâtiment d’Oscar Niemeyer au siège du parti communiste Français.
Dans le cadre de sa nouvelle activité d’édition d’objets 6+2 Edition, Jean-François Declercq collabore avec le designer Bruxellois Alain Berteau et présente en exclusivité le vase « Remparts » à la première exposition majeure consacrée au design contemporain Belge à KANAL Pompidou Bruxelles.
Michael Anastasiades, Alain Berteau, Berger & Berger, Pierre Bonnefille, David Boussier, Nicolas Brevers, Casimir, Pierre-Laurent Cassiére, Pierre Coddenz, Daviet-Thery, Maarten de Ceulaer, Frederik Delbart, Destroyers & Builders , Nathalie Dewez, Domeau & Pérès, Frederick Gautier , Damien Gernay, Kaspar Hamacher, Jean-François Jaussaud , Benjamin Loyauté, Gerard Kuijpers, Tim Onderbeke, Frederic Pellenq, Rooms Design, Adrien Rovero, Studio Krjst , Nicolas Schuybroek, Bela Silva, Vladimir Slavov, Ben Storms, Maarten Stuer, Conrad Willems, ...
In September, a large exhibition curated by Aurélien Gendras (Galerie Aurélien Gendras Paris) and Jean-François Declercq (Atelier Jespers) will present great names in contemporary ceramic art at Area 42 during Brussels Design September 2019. The aim of this exhibition is to value ceramics and showcase unique pieces of Belgian and international artists through a multifaceted collection of functional and sculptural artworks. After the decline of industrial ceramics in the early 1920s, ceramic art emerged and became highly valued in the art world since the 1940s. But nowadays, clay is so prevalent in contemporary art that it has aroused huge enthusiasm among experts, gallerists, editors, collectors, and amateurs. This phenomenon has given a new aura to ceramic art and the shifting in the perception led this medium to "artification" – a neologism invented by the famous sociologist Nathalie Heinich in 2010 to describe the passage from non-art to art. Artists began to explore new uses, far from decorative and functional applications, by merging traditional processes with innovative materials and techniques. They have blurred boundaries between art and craft to bring ceramics closer to contemporary art.
The first section of the exhibition will focus on contemporary sculptural ceramics made of sandstone into a unique piece by renowned artists from the international scene such as Enric Mestre (SP), Grégoire Scalabre (FR), Lucien Petit (FR), Bela Silva (PT), Maarten Stuer (BE), Laurent Dufour (FR), Juan Orti (ESP), Mia Jensen (DK), Pierre Martinon (FR), Wayne Fisher (USA), Clémentine Dupré (FR), Denis Castaing (FR), Antonio Lampecco (BE), Abel Jallais (FR), Clément Brazille (CH), Andrée & Michel Hirlet (FR), Claude Aiello (FR) & Alain Berteau (BE), Simone Negri (IT), Brigitte Marionneau (FR), Claudine Monchaussé (FR), Anton Reijnders (NL), Juan Orti (SP).
The second section will display functional objects of artists Piet Stockmans, Pascale Risbourg (FR), Patrick Jadot (BE), Bernard Champon (BE), Frédérick Gautier (FR), Piet Stockmans (BE), Nicolas Delaroche (CH), Eloïse Maës and Audrey Werthle (BE), Nowadays, “handmade” objects are very much in demand because consumers crave authenticity, timelessness, and preservation of traditions more than ever.
The third section, “Itinérance #14” curated by Jean-François Declercq, will showcase unique design artworks and furniture from renowned international artists that have been exhibited previously by Atelier Jespers such as Nada Debs (LIB), Marc Baroud (LIB), Damien Gernay (BE), Studio Krsjt (BE), Alain Berteau (BE), Sébastien Caporusso (BE), Gauthier Poulain & Yves Ullens (BE), Ben Storms (BE), Labaye-Sumi (FR), Kaaron (CH), Rikkert Pauw (NL) and Bou-Ge (FR), Maarten De Ceulaer (BE), Destroyers/Builders (BE), Andrea Branzi (IT), Raw Materials (IND), Kaaron (CH). With the kind support of ModernShapes Galerie (BE), Spazio Nobile Galerie (BE), Mobilab Galerie (CH), It’s Great Design Galerie (FR), Kolkhoze.fr (FR),
Atelier Jespers – 149 avenue du Prince Héritier 1200 Bruxelles 06/09 au 30/09 06/09 from 13 :00 to 17 :00 Late Openning 07/09 from 14:00 to 22:00 08/09 from 13 :00 to 17 :00 From 09/09 to 30/09 by appointment only marcbaroud.com
Atelier Jespers is pleased to present the multidisciplinary designer Marc Baroud for it’s 5th participation of Brussels Design September 2019, after hosting the great duo Ben Storm & Gerard Kuijpers, the eminent furniture maker Casimir, the renowned designer Michael Anastassiades and the Spanish ceramic master Enric Mestre. Based between Paris and Beirut, Marc Baroud founded the Design Department at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts which he also directed from 2012 to 2017, with the ambition of leveraging design as a broader discipline than one limited to creating aesthetics and artefacts. He experiments several applications of Design and works on various projects that include commercial architecture, scenography, interior design, furniture, services, and brand development. His collectible artworks have been presented in Beirut, Brussels, Dubai, London, Milan, Paris, Design/Miami, and Design/Miami Basel. For Design September, Marc Baroud shares his vision of slow, fair, new-luxury furniture through his project DtoD.store. The presented objects have been designed with a radical approach that dismisses standards, yet constructed with modernist inspiration. His leitmotiv is doing more with less by producing locally sustainable state-of-art objects and furniture in a limited edition for wise consumption. The curator Jean-François Declercq chooses to present the following pieces Segments tables, benches and shelves, Articulation Lamps, Cluster Lights Intersections Bookshelves.
SEASIDE ARENA BEIRUT 19/09 au 22/09/19 www.beirut-design-fair.com
Mad Brussels and the export department of hub.brussels, have handed Jean-François Declercq, founder of Atelier Jespers, over the art direction of Itinérance #15 for his second participation at Beirut Design Fair 2019. This year, the curatorial project sets focus on Belgian design and designers. Based in Brussels, the house/gallery built by Victor Bourgeois for the sculptor Oscar Jespers was a prime meeting place for the European avant-garde, attracting artists like Kandinsky and Klee. Jean-François Declercq’s arrival in 2015 brought life back into the structure. He decided to found a multifaceted eponymous gallery that becomes a reference within Belgium’s contemporary and collectible design scene. The curator Jean-François Declercq is pleased to present internationally renowned artists and designers. Scenography by the French Master of Art Pierre Bonnefille and set-up by the young lighting designer Romy Bechara will highlight exclusives pieces, furniture, and ceramics. The exhibition “Domus Aurea”, inspired by Nero’s Roman palace, will showcase neo-archaistic artworks with one ceramic by Pascale Risbourg, two chairs by Sébastien Caporusso, one brass console by Yann Dessauvages, one felt mask by Pierre-Louis Graizon, one sculptural luminaire by Studio Élémentaires, and one “Remparts” vase by Alain Berteau & 6+2 Edition.
Teatro Sociale Como Sale del Ridotto Como Italy 20/09 au 22/09/19 lakecomodesignfair.com/ Photo : Edition 2018 ©Hanesschreckensberger
Atelier Jespers is pleased to present Itinérance #16 for its second participation to the Lake Como Design Fair in Italy. The curator Jean-François Declercq will showcase the vases Vacuum Ceramic of the French creator Clément Brazille, as well as the exclusive urns Duoflore n°2 designed by Alain Berteau and handmade by the French ceramicist Claude Aïello. Alain Berteau is a renowned architect and designer of the European contemporary design scene. Since 2018, his exceptional creations have been edited by Atelier Jespers through the label 6+2 Edition. Claude Aïello is considered as one of the best French ceramicist masters and has been practicing as a potter in Vallauris since the sixties. He has raised to the top of his profession and collaborates with French design elite such as Mathieu Lehanneur, Ronan Bouroullec, and Campana brothers. In 2016, the project Duoflore n°2 was initiated by Ludovic Recchia for the Belgian Centre Keramis located in La Louvière. Alain Berteau brought his remarkable approach of vases and its variations through a unique piece of decorative closed urns which comes in six colors. Claude Aïello hand-turned the sandstone vases in a perfectly balanced geometry, executed with high precision, and varnished in black. Clément Brazille is a French designer and craftsman based in Geneva. He produced Vacuum Ceramic, a series of 50 vases that reminds of enigmatic vacuum shapes. The series is a combination of stoneware and made-to-order glazes, manufactured double wall which gives functional and light pieces.
Pavillons, avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris 8e de la place Clemenceau à la place de la Concorde 16/10 opening from 14:00 à 22:00 17/10 au 21/10 from 11 :00 to 20 :00 www.artelysees.fr
Atelier Jespers is pleased to announce its third participation at Art Elysées Fair 2019 in Paris. The exhibition curated by Jean-François Declercq, is composed of three major themes dedicated to design and crafts. The first installation will display a series of rugs “You and I” conceived by the Lebanese designer Nada Debs. She was commissioned by the FMBI - a humanitarian initiative aimed at women empowerment in Afghanistan - to collaborate with Afghan carpet wavers in Kabul. The rugs merge traditional techniques with a contemporary sensibility. Acclaimed in the USA and Lebanon, Nada Debs’s work deserves broader recognition in Europe. Born in Lebanon, she grew up in Japan and studied in the USA before establishing in Beirut. Becoming one of the pioneers in Lebanese design, she impulses the regional craftsmanship. The second installation is an inspiration of the Roman Domus Aurea of Néron. Jean-François Declercq curated a series of high-end unique and limited edition pieces from renowned Belgian and international designers. These neo-archaistic objects set a singular dialogue between contemporaneity and antiquities. The show will display the “Bonze Paintings” by Pierre Bonnefille, ceramics by Pascale Risbourg, sculptures by Maarten Stuer and furniture pieces by Sébastien Caporusso, Clément Brazille and Yann Dessauvages. The third installation will be a focus on Timothée Leclabart, a young autodidact Parisian designer. Keen about Oscar Niemeyer, he pays tribute to the Brazilian National Congress building from the Three Powers Square with a similar low table made by glass and concrete. This original artwork will be on display during the Fair.