Modern Maharajah, a patron of the 1930s
From September 26, 2019 to January 12, 2020, the Museum of Decorative Arts honors the extraordinary figure of the Maharajah of Indore, who gives free rein to his avant-garde artistic and decorative taste by creating, in India, a unique modern world. A visionary personality of the European cultural milieu from the 1920s to the 1930s, he is the sponsor of the very first modernist construction of his country: the palace of Manik Bagh (1930-1933), testimony of the effervescence of the artistic scene of the time . The exhibition highlights the world of this mythical home evoking the exchanges between Europe and India through the singular and fascinating personality of a young prince and his wife. Presented in the Nave of the museum, this prestigious heritage brings together more than 500 pieces gathered for the first time. It unveils the iconic creations of Louis Sognot and Charlotte Alix, Jean Puiforcat, Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier, as well as unpublished archives in a scenography entrusted to the BGC studio – Giovanna Comana and Iva Berton Gajsak.