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Martin Szekely declared in 1996 that his work would henceforth be guided by the mantra “draw no more”, a principle of creation and procedure to which the designer remains faithful up until today.
The book Ne plus dessiner is published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, from October 12, 2011 to January 2, 2012. Through the different texts and projects (those presented in the show), it returns to the foundations of this singular approach and enables to show the effects on his works of the past fifteen years.
Each project – from the limited-edition pieces of furniture and objects to industrial designs and products – comes with a text written by the designer himself and Françoise Guichon, curator and head of the Design Department of the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou.
The book ends with a brief essay by art theorist Philippe-Alain Michaud, curator of the Film Collection of the Musée d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou, introducing Mark Lewis’ film, Black Mirror at the National Gallery, created specially for this exhibition. This artwork, as the result of the meeting between the designer and the artist, presents Soleil Noir, a mirror designed by Martin Szekely in 2007, through the collection of Dutch paintings at the National Gallery in London.