Gallery SIT DOWN
Françoise Bornstein opened the gallery SIT DOWN in December 2005, in Paris. In the heart of the famous area called « Le Marais », next to the Picasso Museum, SIT DOWN displays figurative contemporary art. The gallery exhibits furniture, fashion or jewellery designers’ works; it also works with photographers, videasts, illustrators or painters. The programm of the temporary exhibitions is then strongly cross-border.
Françoise Bornstein also permanently displays in the gallery her own editions of removable designed furniture, such as the DADDY sofa or the removable table mOOve.Thus, through the successive exhibitions, a recurrent mix between design, contemporary art and photography can be found. This aspect is precisely what makes the specificity of this gallery where it is nice to sit down.
Beyond the walls…
In 2007, the gallery took part in the « Off des Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles », with the exhibition of the set « Sweet Surrender » by Rachel Levy. The pieces were displayed in the gallery Via Julia / Huit.
The same year, the contemporary Art Fair SLICK invited SIT DOWN to exhibit in the VIP space of the Fair. On that occasion, for the first time in France, the gallery presented « Homelette », the work by designer Valentina Audrito influenced by the shape of the egg.
In July 2008, SIT DOWN exhibited, for the second time in Arles and in the gallery Huit, works by Catherien Noury, in an exhibition called « L’éternelle fiancée ».
In March 2009, Sit Down took part in the drawing Art Fair « Slick dessin » and, in October 2009, the gallery exhibited on SLICK, at the « 104 » in Paris.
Exhibitions in the gallery
« L’extravagante collection de sacs vintages de Vicky Sleeper », Deccember 2005
« Glossy & Funny » with the lunatic constructions of Nahon et Landecker, photos by Hervé St Hélier, March 2006
« Les premières frivolités » by Marianne Battle, May – June 2006
« Retour à Paris » vidéo et photos by Mikaëla Zyss, drawings by Nathalie Lété, September – October 2006
« In & Off » photos by Dom Garcia, furniture by F. Van Severen, November – De
« Que veut la femme ? » furniture by Patricia Urquiola, photos by Rachel Levy, March – April 2007
« Soleil Noir » fashion-designer Koji Nagano, jewels « by Wanga », May – June 2007
« Sweet Surrender » photos by Rachel Levy. Arles, July 2007
« Gloria » gouaches by Marianne Maury-Kaufmann for the parution of the new Gloria Album, September 2007
« Homelette » furniture by Valentina Audrito, photos by Sylvie Boyer, photos by Dom Garcia. VIP space, Slick, October 2007
« Vincent Scali » sculptures, numeric offsets, Nov 2007
« Wallpaper Cinema » Raphaël Elig, videos, photos and wallpaper, January – February 2008
« Liquid Portraits» paintings by Edouardo Guelfenbein, March – April 2008
« Gloria en vacances » gouaches by Marianne Maury-Kaufmann for the parution of the new album Gloria, May – June 2008
« L’éternelle fiancée » photos, drawings, sewing by Catherine Noury. Arles, July 2008. Paris, September 2008
« Grèce, les années d’innocence » photos by Robert Mc Cabe. Mois de la Photo à Paris, November 2008 – January 2009,
« Poupées bidons» photos by Aurélia Alcaïs. Mois de la Photo Off, November 2008, Paris.
« Affiches à l’affiche » vintage posters exhibition: Calder, Combas, de Staël, Dubuffet, Klee, JLe Corbusier, Léger, Lichtenstein, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Rauschenberg. March – May 2009
« Anton » argentic photography on glass. May – July 2009
« Vivre sur un nuage »
Design : Valentina Audrito & Abhishake Kumbhat
Engravings : Atsuko Ishii September 2009, Paris
« Ses autoportraits » Michel Quarez
In extension to the retrospective at the Forney Library
October 2009 – January 2010.
« Identifications » Salvatore Puglia, plasticien
March, 27th – May, the 15th 2010