NOT ONE BUT TWO… KAREN CHEKERDJIAN HITS PARIS
We’re nothing but excited about Lebanon’s very own furniture, jewelry and objects designer Karen Chekerdjian being invited to show in Paris at two prestigious galleries at the same time. Chekerdjian’s work, which is on the cusp between sculpture and design, takes on traditional Lebanese craftsmanship in collaboration with local artisans.
From 31 May to 27 August, under the title “Respiration”, three floors at the Institut du Monde Arabe will exhibit a vast collection of furniture, objects, jewellery and projections. Five separate rooms with five distinct themes recount various open-ended stories, creating a fertile discussion between Chekerdjian’s work and the iMA’s collection. “The museum’s wealth is in its narration of a history of the Arab world, founded on three monotheistic religions that have coexisted for millennia. This is the story I choose to tell through the carte blanche I’ve been granted”, explains the designer.
A five minute walk away, the Dutko Gallery will present the universe of Karen Chekerdjian from 11 May to 11 June. Founder Jean-Jacques Dutko, a leading authority on the Art Deco movement, adds “What I like about Karen Chekerdjian’s work is the thin line between sculpture and design. She creates enigmatic works that are truly defy interpretation or reinterpretation.”
Some of the many iconic pieces that will be exhibited at Dutko Gallery are, Living Space III, Terra Continens, Object 04 DEF, Bar SS3, Quarter Rainbow and Hiroshima III.
If you are in Paris around these dates make sure to see the exhibitions!