Croft Panacea Jean Dubuffet: report on this amazing building

Back on the Closerie Falbala, this strange construction company Jean Dubuffet in 1970 in the village of Périgny (94). Report on the 1610 sqm of architecture that resembles a fortress out of a dream ...

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1- A visual game to superhuman size- What madness stung the artist Jean Dubuffet when undertaking the construction of the Closerie Panacea? Located below the village of Périgny in the Val-de-Marne, between the rural environment of the Yerres river and suburban houses, the unusual architecture resembles a fortress out of a dream. Work began in 1970, three years are needed to complete the work built to the artist's fees for his own use. With 1610 square meters of resin and concrete pristine white hemmed of a network of black lines, it is the largest sculpture ever built by the artist, classified as historical monuments since 1998. Foundation Dubuffet, who is the depositary, the rule is clear: authorized visits by appointment only.
"Closerie Panacea". Dubuffet Foundation, feels Vaux, lane Horses, 94520 Périgny-sur-Yerres. Visits by appointment.
Entrance 8 € per person.
Such. 01 47 34 12 63 and 01 45 98 88 16 the weekend dubuffetfondation.com

Nicolas Tosi

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2- Forget oneself- This is a work of the 10 000 produced in four decades by the artist but is size. And as if wisdom does not come with time, Jean Dubuffet, then aged 70, has risen to the level of lucid delirium, on a plot of 6300 square meters constructible, similar to that which was installed its vast workshop of sculptures and maquettes.Ainsi was born Villa Closerie Panacea and symbolic dimension of architectural work Hourloupe - game illegible figures - as a snub to the official culture. An amazing universe, walled where whiteness flood marked by black spellings, uneven ground full of surprises, growths and flattened all create optical illusions and distortions with space. The work appears to have been designed to blur the boundaries between the surface and the depth, the empty and full, material and immaterial.

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3- An architectural vastness wilderness- The bewildered visitors lose the temporal dimension. "This is a place to forget," said one. The initiatory journey continues in the antechamber of the Villa Panacea storied blue and noir.Personne escapes the sensation of entering into the mystery of a primitive cave before reaching the heart of the Villa, secret reason this stronghold: the Cabinet logologique. Four Monumental saturated panels embossed colorful figures fully dress the room Dubuffet considered a "philosophical exercise room." OEuvre a septuagenarian who loop the Hourloupe The cycle with a youthful vitality.
Pictured: The walls sculptures of the "Closerie Panacea" the notched curves in places create a transitional space between the "Villa Falbala" and the natural landscape. Measuring 120 meters long and up to 3-5 meters high, they surround a large platform, shaped by recesses and unexpected reliefs forming a horizontal sculpture.

Nicolas Tosi

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4- 50 pieces in one year- Build Closerie proved perilous, enamelled technical problems to solve. The project lasted three years, not including the sealing defects and cracks that it was necessary to bring remedy. Many were the architects, engineers, technicians and companies that succeeded. At the end of the work proposed budget had increased fivefold. Character thorny, difficult, intransigent, the artist who felt himself incompetent in building techniques and misinformed by his collaborators was worn by the furious determination to solve the problems that its creation laid the hardest was the réalisation.Le Installation of the steel structure of the Villa which was to be filed on the stratification of polyester resin. A highly sophisticated machine made available by Renault factories allowed to get three-dimensional survey of 3,000 points of the frame. With practice in Périgny everything had just told him mounting the sculpture group of four trees, controlled by David Rockfeller, he repeatedly seek the advice of engineer Paul Weidlinger in New York that had insured the mounting. Perfectly maintained, the Falbala Closerie is now the subject of constant attention by the Foundation that the artist had created in his lifetime, in 1973, to ensure the continuity of his work.
In picture: "The Antechamber" composed of 50 parts resin whose realization occupied nearly a year the working team.

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enlargeA journey full of'embuches

5- A path fraught with pitfalls- The walls sculptures of the "Closerie Panacea" the notched curves in places create a transitional space between the "Villa Falbala" and the natural landscape. Measuring 120 meters long and up to 3-5 meters high, they surround a large platform, shaped by recesses and unexpected reliefs forming a horizontal sculpture.

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enlargeA monumental dream

6- A monumental dream

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7- An appeal must for professionals

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8- 6300m2 between real and unreal- The clay soil was not conducive to this bold enterprise. The construction was fraught with problems to solve at the moment. Especially as the model, carved by the artist in a polystyrene block had to be precisely restored. The doors of the "Cabinet logologique".

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enlargeA logologique firm dedicated to philosophy

9- A logologique firm dedicated to philosophy

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10- A monumental dream- Presented several times to the public and to the Art Institute of Chicago before final installation in the "Villa Falbala" signs of "Cabinet logologique" were carved and painted in the workshop of the artist between 1967 and 1969. "Hourloupe" ironic play wide combinatorial and unreadable figures "sinuous graphics, responding to spontaneous impulses ..." finds its consecration into the architectural dimension.

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11- To dream extraordinary, extraordinary building

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