Atelier Jespers

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.

#itinerance

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.

6+2 Edition

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.

Artistes & designers

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, ...


Photos : Juan Orti (SP)

Upcoming Events

Modern Ceramics / Design September

AREA 42 – 46 rue des Palais 1030 Bxl
Openning 06/09 from 17:00 to 22:00
11/09 – 14/09 – 15/09 – 18/09- 21/09 – 22/09 – 25/09- 28 & 29/09 from 13:00 to 18:00
www.designseptember.be Area42

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.

First Section

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).

Second Section

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.

Third Section

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),


Photo © Marc Baroud

Marc Baroud Solo-show

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.


Photo: Hypnos by © Studio Elementaires

BEIRUT Design Fair 19

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.


Photo : Edition 2018 ©Hanesschreckensberger

LAKE COMO Design Fair

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.


Photo: Stand Atelier Jespers 2018 ©Jeroen Verrecht

Design Elysées 19

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 is a scenography conceived by the interior architect Stefanie Everaert and the architect Theo De Meyer as a tribute to the Italian studio Alchimia, the post-radical avant-garde group from the '70s developed by designers like Ettore Sottsass and Andrea Branzi. The duo from Ghent is showing three pieces of furniture made with construction materials. The base of the table of Theo De Meyer is made with four ceramic drainpipes; the lamp is composed of a stainless steel tube for the chimney; the shelve is built with multiplex panels.


Photo ©Vincent Fournier

Vincent Fournier
"Brasília, Modernist Utopias"

Part of Photo Brussels Festival
Atelier Jespers
149 avenue du Prince Héritier 1200 Bruxelles
Curated by Spazio Nobile Gallery
14.11 until 22.12.2019
Preview days: 14-15.11.2019 from 13 to 17.00
Vernissage on 16.11.2019 from 14:00 to 22.00, in presence of the artist
Sunday brunch on 17.11.2019 from 12:00 to 16.00, in presence of the artist
By appointment on the other exhibition days
www.spazionobile.com

Spazio Nobile presents "Brasília, Modernist Utopias" by French photographer at Atelier Jespers in the framework of Brussels Photo Festival.
10 photographs have been carefully selected by Vincent Fournier and Spazio Nobile which works in dialogue with the Modernist interior architecture of Atelier Jespers founded and run by Jean-François Declercq.
In this fictional mood of Brasília, states Vincent Fournier, "you feel like that you’re wandering in a life-size stage, where fiction mixes reality. It reminds me of the novel “Fiction” from Jorge Luis Borges where “the cartographers guilds struck a map of the empire whose size was that of the empire, and which coincided point for point with it. Everything is organized in a very mathematical way of seeing space, very abstract, like if the physical world would have been absorbed within a mathematical world. There is a contradiction in this as well. As a guiding concept, Oscar Niemeyer wanted to create a city that was meant to be shared, everyone in it together. But the opposite happened. Instead of drawing people closer, it separated them further away from each other."
In 1987 Unesco listed the original 1957 urban plans of Brasília as a world heritage site. 30 years after the original design, the city has developed and would never meet the ideal plans. This selection by the Unesco Committee somehow turned Brasília into the most modern set of ruins in the world. The capital of Brazil as planned would always remain an utopia.
In his interview with Christian Larsen for TLmag #31, Vincent Fournier explains: "Brasília is very unique. It’s beautiful and fascinating how this city was designed with the same unified aesthetic. What rigor and madness! It is also a very special case since in just three years, the architect Oscar Niemeyer and the urban planner Lucio Costa, literally created this city in the middle of the desert, which, on the scale of the construction of a city, is instantaneous, like a photo that would immortalize a precise moment. The pilot plan of the city has thus remained unchanged, frozen in time due to its UNESCO World Heritage designation. Brasilia shows the nostalgia for the golden age of the future of the 60s. It is a modernist temple fossilized in a utopian future that did not take place. My interest in Brasilia also comes from my fascination with myths and stories that question and explore the future, from science to architecture, to technology. All my projects: space exploration, humanoid robots, the transformation of life through technology or even utopian architecture have in common to imagine the future in a historical perspective, as an archaeologist who dates different time strata. It may be the future of the past, or of a future very near, almost parallel to our present, or even of a possible future, a fantasized anticipation. The aesthetics and form of these “futuristic” worlds fascinate me, as do their way of rethinking the boundaries of the possible. I went to Brasília with this idea in mind. When I discovered the city with all those stilt-like columns, I photographed in horizontals only because I had this vision of a “walking city”: a city with legs. I framed the city this way, with a very cinematographic mood, just like a long sequence shoot... I’m playing with the balance of documentary style—with its distance, very frontal, very objective—but at the same time the images are carefully staged. They are composed of course, in a narrative and æsthetical way."
Christian Larsen is Associate Curator of Modern Decorative Arts and Design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has made the acquisition in 2016 of 5 large formats photographs from the Brasília series A book on this series of photographs, with contributions by Christian Larsen and Beatrice Galilee, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be published by Noeve in Spring 2020.


Photo: Stand Atelier Jespers 2018 ©Jeroen Verrecht

Alain Berteau - Lecture at American University of Beirut

American University of Beirut
P.O.Box 11-0236 / (Department)
Riad El-Solh / Beirut 1107 2020
Lebanon
Friday 29/11 from 19:00

Driven by the desire to show the Belgian creativity abroad, Atelier Jespers will present the 18th edition of Itinerance at the department of architecture and design of the American University of Beirut. This new event follows a series of external projects bringing art to the public organised by its founder Jean-François Declercq.
Itinerance #18 will take place at the end of November with a cycle of lectures by three Belgian designers Alain Berteau, Maarten De Ceulaer (to confirm) and Studio Krjst in Beirut. This initiative aims to open a dialogue to create a dynamic exchange and new synergies by sharing know-how and knowledge between these communities of designers. These three Brussels-based designers, selected by Atelier Jespers, will provide specific expertise on crafts and industrial design to the Lebanese students.
The conferences will start with the architect and designer Alain Berteau, who founded his agency in 2002. He develops innovative products, creative strategies, interior design and buildings for leading international brands. He’s also the Creative Director of ABV (acoustic solutions), RVB (faucets) and OBJEKTEN SYSTEMS (office furniture), he collaborates with European agencies such as BULO, LEXON and FAMO. Awarded “Designer of the year” in 2006 at the Interieur Kortrijk Biennale, he won numerous international design awards. In 2018, he conceived the vase “Remparts”, edited by 6+2 Edition for Atelier Jespers, and displayed at the first major contemporary design exhibition at Kanal-Centre Pompidou in Brussels. Besides, some of his artworks are part of the permanent collection of museums.
(TBC) Maarten De Ceulaer will present the second lecture. His graduation project “A pile of suitcases” was immediately picked up by Nina Yashar, founder of the renowned Milanese gallery Nilufar. It was the start of the ongoing collaboration and of a collection that has grown over the years. Since then, Maarten continuously explores new materials and investigates in production techniques and crafts. His objects are known for their highly evocative, poetic and playful touch. Awarded with the Belgian Young in 2007 and the Henry van de Velde Award in 2013, he collaborates with multiple galleries such as Victor Hunt, and brands like Vibia, Fendi and Casamania. Maarten’s artworks have been exhibited in museums, festivals, biennales and fairs worldwide.
Studio Krjst, a collective of two young textile designers, Justine de Moriamé and Erika Schillebeeckx, will give the last conference. Graduated from La Cambre Mode in Brussels, they launched their label Studio Krjst in 2012. After a few ready-to-wear collections, they started experimenting with textile art by creating wall tapestries and monumental tapestries. “They paint with weaving threads imaginary landscapes of poetic, calm and yet tormented realm, the chaos where emotions are born”. Their works combine drawing, painting, 3D drawing, as well as chemical research on conductivity. From September to October 2019 their tapestries will be exhibited by the label Belgium is Design at Textiles Revealed at the New York Textile Month.
The conferences cycle will lead to a series of workshops with the guest designers at the American University of Beirut. These long-term collaborations aim to set a dynamic exchange of knowledge and cultural practices, as well to promote contemporary Belgian design on the international scene.