TASCHEN Library by Jean Prouvé

A true masterpiece of modern design. Combined with a remarkable and priceless library of visual culture. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own both a piece of architectural history and one of the world’s finest and most complete TASCHEN libraries. Sold Separately.

JEAN PROUVE: In an era when artists and architects sought to present function and simplicity of design above all else, Prouvé’s 1969 filling station was a brilliant answer to the need for roadside filling stations that could be quickly and simply constructed and moved according to the burgeoning needs of the French freeway system. Jean Prouvé (1901–1984) was a 20th-century pioneer in the innovative production of furniture and architecture, imbued with the creative philosophy of a group whose  principal aim was an art/industry alliance offering access to all. As a founding member of the Union des Artistes Modernes alongside Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand, Prouvé developed a “constructional philosophy” based on rational fabrication and functionality. Seeking to make a clean break from the past and struggling against elaborate designs in style at the time, artists of the union developed and produced art, architecture, and furniture that emphasized design over decoration. “All notions of embellishment aside… We believe that buildings must equal automobiles in quality… the host of possible variations requires a minimum of components,” wrote Prouvé in 1963. Jean Prouvé was fascinated by the materials of modern industry, beginning with an exploration of the technical resources of metalworking—first with wrought iron, then with bent sheet steel—for metal joinery, furniture, and architectural components.

Prouvé believed that “a building has to be made of the smallest possible number of elements,” and the filling station for Total is an exploration of just how far this maxim could be applied. Asked to create a model by the oil companies as a response to the growing number of tourists utilizing French highways for their travels, Prouvé came up with nearly two dozen concepts for filling stations before landing on this design.

Inspired by the Dymaxion dome house designed by Buckminster Fuller in the 1920s, the architecture of the filling station uses a central core and one-piece shell panels for each of its 13 sides. This minimalist approach meant the structures could be quickly assembled, allowing them to become functional and profitable filling stations quickly. The station’s nearly circular shape allows the structure to be configured in a variety of ways while still being easily identifiable from the road—a requirement of Prouvé’s client. The simplicity of its design combined with the innovation of the materials previously used exclusively in the automobile industry makes this piece as revolutionary as it was popularly embraced. With the Total filling station, Prouvé produced perhaps the most technologically advanced, functional architectural work of his storied career.

TASCHEN LIBRARY: This truly unprecedented TASCHEN library, assembled specially and uniquely for amfAR, presents the crème de la crème of TASCHEN’s publishing program. The library features four hundred and twenty-six TASCHEN titles, including groundbreaking artist monographs, extra-large illustrated histories of popular culture, and over 60 of TASCHEN’s highly sought-after Collector’s Editions. Conceived and curated in direct collaboration with TASCHEN artists and estates, each book included in the TASCHEN library represents a spectacular feat in print production and a unique cultural experience. TASCHEN’s signed and limited Collector’s Editions –which often sell out before they hit shelves and make up a sizeable portion of the amfAR TASCHEN library – have an outstanding record in asset appreciation, reaching up to 10 times their original market value.

True to the diverse TASCHEN universe, the amfAR TASCHEN library includes such distinctive titles as Peter Beard’s The End of the Game, The James Bond Archives, the Barbra Streisand Collector’s Edition, the Robert Crumb Complete Sketchbooks, and Vermeer—The Complete Works. Special highlights: the monumental Sebastião Salgado: Genesis, launched in conjunction with the touring blockbuster exhibition of the same name, and the SUMO-sized Annie Leibovitz. In addition to the large-scale Collector’s Edition books highlighted in the amfAR TASCHEN library, numerous titles come with signed and numbered artworks and prints, including the newly released two-volume Naomi Campbell, a breathtaking tribute to the supermodel housed in a ready-to-hang artwork by pop art legend Allen Jones. In a rare and exceptional opportunity, the library also offers a signed edition of TASCHEN’s long sold-out Helmut Newton SUMO, gifted from Benedikt Taschen’s private collection

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  • 426 books included

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estimated retail values: $350,000 for the JEAN PROUVE building, $150,000 for the TASCHEN LIBRARY
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