Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi
June 9, 2023 - October 8, 2023
National Gallery of Victoria:
180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia

Pierre Bonnard’s colorful paintings recorded Paris’s “theater of the everyday” until he befriended Claude Monet, whose influence yielded a preponderance of iridescent landscapes that captured the Normandy countryside’s light, energy, and domestic bliss. Bonnard’s penchant for vibrant hues influenced India Mahdavi, the Parisian interior designer renowned for her polychrome taste. For this show, she developed a kaleidoscopic scenography that reflects “an impression of his world through my own eyes”—and a compelling meeting of the minds of two luminaries whose inimitable use of color evokes feelings of joyful reverie.

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