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Juan Manuel Bonet

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This conference proposes a planetary trip through the art déco. A movement with its epicenter situated in Paris in 1925, and specifically in the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, when déco crystalizes in France through a number of architectonic, plastic, and graphic works. It is also worth highlighting the things done on other fields like furniture, stained glass, fabrics, or tapestries. These are the years of Louis Barillet, Cassandre, Da Silva Bruhns, Sonia Delaunay, Jean Dupas, Elena Ízcue, Pierre Legrain, Tamara de Lempicka, Robert Mallet-Stevens, the Martel brothers, Jean-Charles Moreux, Georges-Henri Pingusson, François Pompon, Michel Roux-Spitz… In that Paris is where the Spanish illustrators Eduardo García Benito, Carlos Sáenz de Tejada, and Tono will succeed. During the period between wars the French déco is pushing and becomes very visible, specially in the field of civil architecture -with the formalization of the set of buildings created in Paris for the Exposition of 1937, some of the located in Chaillot hill- and in the religious field, without forgetting about the microcosmos represented by the great steamers. In literature, Paul Morand would become to example of art déco.

In United States of America, déco would become streamline mainly in New York -remember the Rockefeller Center- and Chicago, but also in Miami and the West Coast. The international expansion of déco is documented through the path of some of its capitals, and apart from those already mentioned, we have to add in Europe the cities of Madrid -with emblematic examples like the Barceló cinema and the Europa cinema created by Luis Gutiérrez Soto, or the Capitol building of Eced and Martínez Feduchi-, Barcelona, San Sebastián or Valencia in Spain-although I will also speak about other Spanish peripheral populations like Alicante, Almería or Pamplona-. Also London and other british cities, Berlin and other German cities, Rome and Milan in Italy, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, or Bucharest in Romania; in Africa we find Tangier, Casablanca, Dakar or Asmara; in Asia Ankara, Shanghai or Hanoi; in Latin America Mexico, La Habana, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro…

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