Art Déco France / Amérique du Nord

Art Deco France / North America

Until 06/03/2023
From October 21 to March 6, 2023, the new exhibition at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine explores the influence of 1920s France on North America. Mutual emulation against an Art Deco backdrop!

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The Art Deco movement only lasted a few decades, but in that short time it had a lasting impact on Paris and the art world in general, and influenced the architecture, décor, lifestyle and tastes of the North Americans.

Art Deco, the overseas adventure of a resolutely French style

With its neat lines, rounded shapes and line work, from its inception at the end of the 19th century, the French Art Deco style fascinated the Americans. The Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris trained around a hundred American and Canadian architects, who came to France to learn more about the art of composition and ornamentation. This “Internationale des Beaux-Arts” laid the foundations for future interaction between France and North America, a dynamic dialogue carried out in particular by the architects who, on their return to America, built and furnished Art Deco buildings in American cities.

As the cornerstone of all the arts, architecture leads to stylistic developments in many professions. Painters, sculptors, designers, ironworkers and muralists then joined forces to further enhance these new buildings. And in their wake, the tableware, fashion and jewellery sectors embraced this new trend, whose simple and fluid styling contrasted with the previous Art Nouveau period.

France - North America: mutual emulation

This reciprocal emulation between France and America reached its peak in 1925 at the “International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts”. A 104-member US delegation was sent by the US Department of Commerce to observe this resolutely modern “new style”. At the same time, France devoted a diplomatic mission to Art Deco, claimed it as its own, and promoted its dissemination. The 1920s were thus marked by a vibrant interaction between the two continents: more and more French architects were building on the American continent (including Paul Cret and Jacques Greber in Philadelphia, and Jacques Carlu teaching at MIT, etc.)

The economic crisis of 1929 put a stop to this artistic boom and to these exchanges. French architects left America to return to France. In 1934, Jacques Carlu was entrusted with the Palais du Trocadero project and planned its modernisation inspired by his memories and by American gigantism. The new building was built around an esplanade with a vast view of the city and the Eiffel Tower, accompanied by a building of American proportions. Today, the palace houses the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in its Paris wing, the musée de l’Homme in the Passy wing, and the prestigious Théâtre national de la danse de Chaillot.

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Access and contact

Palais de Chaillot
1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre
75016 Paris 16ème

Metro: Line 9, Iena or Trocadéro Line 6: Trocadéro

Days and opening hours

From 21/10/2022 to 06/03/2023 between 11 am and 7 pm. Closed on Tuesday. Late night on Thursdays until 10pm. Weekends from 10am to 7pm. Reservations are strongly recommended.


  • Full price: 12 €, Reduced price: 9 €.
    Free entry for children < 18 years.


Spoken languages

  • French
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Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine
Palais de Chaillot
1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre
75016 Paris 16ème

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  • Lynton Gardiner