India Mahdavi creates vibrant scenography for Pierre Bonnard exhibition in Melbourne

Iraninan-French architect India Mahdavi has designed an exhibition to current works by French painter Pierre Bonnard on the Nationwide Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi presents greater than 100 works by the famed Twentieth-century artist who is widely known for making use of an iridescent palette.

India Mahdavi has supplied her tackle Pierre Bonnard’s work via the exhibition scenography

The scenography design by Mahdavi, additionally recognized for her use of color, is meant to create “an impression of his world, via my very own eyes” in line with the architect.

As a substitute of typical white gallery partitions, the areas are awash with daring hues and patterns that she has chosen to enhance the artworks.

Two gallery spaces: one with yellow walls and the other pink
The architect selected colours and patterns to enhance the artworks

Most of the shades of yellow, pink, orange and inexperienced that adorn the partitions and flooring are lifted straight from the canvases, whereas floral-inspired repeated patterns supply a contrasting backdrop.

Giant carpets proceed these motifs at totally different scales throughout the flooring.

Mahdavi scenography
Most of the colors have been lifted from the artworks

Mahdavi has additionally positioned a few of her personal furnishings designs within the gallery areas, providing guests the chance to pause and respect the work and their environment.

“Mahdavi envelopes Pierre Bonnard’s works in an atmosphere that enhances Bonnard’s distinct use of color and texture, and evokes the wistful home intimacy for which his work are famend,” mentioned the Nationwide Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

Pale yellow gallery space with two paintings and two stools
A number of of Mahdavi’s furnishings designs are positioned within the galleries

Bonnard was born in 1867, and his creative profession took off within the Nineties in Paris, the place he started capturing road life.

The artist’s focus then moved to domesticity, adopted by landscapes due to the affect of his good friend and neighbour in Normandy, Claude Monet.

Orange-red gallery space with a wooden table in the foreground
The exhibition is split into 11 themes primarily based on the subject material of Bonnard’s work

Bonnard later relocated to the south of France, and created a big physique of labor there earlier than his loss of life in 1947.

“The work of Pierre Bonnard depict intimate home interiors, pure landscapes and concrete scenes with subtlety, wit and a sensuous strategy to color and light-weight,” mentioned the gallery.

Entirely brown gallery featuring a large painting
Among the areas are adorned completely in a single color

The exhibition options loans from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, which holds the world’s largest assortment of Bonnard’s work, together with vital loans from different museums and personal collections from all over the world.

It’s organised round 11 themes, which embody landscapes, interiors, nonetheless life, early nudes, and enormous decorations.

There are additionally sections devoted to his depictions of music and theatre, views from his Twenties studio in Le Cannet, and scenes of nature and each day life across the city.

“For Bonnard, panorama portray was a hybrid style and infrequently included glimpses of interiors and nonetheless lifes,” mentioned the gallery.

India Mahdavi posing in a pink room
Mahdavi is famend for her use of color

The gallery has hosted many immersive exhibitions and installations lately, together with a scaled-down model of Greece’s well-known Parthenon temple, a mist-filled chasm in its sculpture backyard, and Nendo’s tackle the drawings of MC Escher.

Mahdavi’s best-known initiatives embody the Gallery eating room at London restaurant Sketch, which she initially created in pale pink, then remodeled with golden tones in 2022.

India Mahdavi leaning on a yellow sofa in a yellow gallery
Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi runs till 8 October 2023

She not too long ago up to date six rooms inside Rome’s Sixteenth-century Villa Medici to characteristic an array of latest and vibrant furnishings.

Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi types a part of NGV’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces collection, and runs from 9 June to eight October 2023. For extra exhibitions, occasions and talks in structure and design go to Dezeen’s Occasions Information. 

The images is by Lillie Thompson.