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A LITTLE OVER A DECADE remains until the year 2000, and the question understandably arises of the types of objects, environments, and ways of living with which we will greet the new century. In April, an exhibition entitled “Nouvelles tendances: les avant-gardes de la fin du siècle (New tendencies: the avant-gardes of the end of the century), one attempt to address this question, will open at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. The title proposes an interesting paradox: the conjunction of the terms ”avant-garde,“ with all it promises of newness and innovation, and ”fin de siècle," with its connotations of the end of an age. Organized by François Burkhardt, director of the Centre de Création Industrielle at the Pompidou (on the occasion, incidentally, of the Pompidou’s tenth anniversary), the show will try to explore such tensions, as well as those currents in contemporary design and

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