Mathieu at the Historial de la Vendée: exhibition around the Usine Étoile

Exhibitions, Museums

For the 50th anniversary of the Usine Étoile—literally “star factory”—a unique star-shaped factory and work of art designed by Georges Mathieu and located in Fontenay-Le-Comte, France, the Vendée region is organizing a major exhibition at the Historial de la Vendée, from November 18, 2022 to May 21, 2023.

The exhibition will feature three sections with 170 objects from the collections of 14 lenders, including the Centre Pompidou, the Monnaie de Paris, the Musée de la Poste and the Georges Mathieu Committee. These objects will be presented alongside archival videos. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog containing original articles on the Usine Étoile and on the applied arts.

The first section will present 9 major paintings, including the famous and monumental Bataille de Bouvines (Battle of Bouvines, 8′ x 20′) from 1954.

The second section will present the design history of the Usine Étoile and the original model by Georges Mathieu.

The third section will present many of Mathieu’s applied artworks, including the 1967 tapestry Hommage à Nicolas Fouquet, sculptures, posters, stamps, medals, and also, for example, Mathieu’s never before shown successive models for his RTL building facade project…

The history of the Usine Étoile will continue well beyond the exhibition as it will benefit from a major restoration program for the building and gardens, initiated by its current owner, Mr. Jean-Michel Poupeau, CEO of Horanet Groupe.

Photo: model of the Usine Étoile