Art Exposition in Paris: That famous book
I wanted to take some time to talk about "Ce Fameux Livre" Exposition concerning childhood books, in the 11ème arrondissement, at la Médiathèque Françoise Sagan, where forty illustrators gave their points of view on their childhood books.
That’s the core of the exhibition itself: artists did not kill their dragons. They did something more constructive: they took their time to watch the beast in the eyes. They created a dialog, sometimes as kids, sometimes as grown adults. And what came out was an interesting walk in the hallway of others 40 people's souls.
The most interesting artist to me is Antoine Doré. I had the chance to meet this guy, who gently collaborated to become a character in a friend’s movie. What is cool about Antoine, is that you don’t need to ask. What you see is what you get. The metaphors are there, understandable, you don’t need a translation, somebody to guide you. It’s direct, he follows the french classical comic style (I’m always excited to see his works because the connection with Moebius line and communication syntax is very strong). You don’t need to be a genius to get to the point, as it is unfortunately often the case nowaday with lots of so called “artists”.
There are 40 works to admire in all the exposition ( one work per artist), and even if i would, it’s not possible for me to show everything here. This work from Gilles Bachelet, chose Jules Vernes “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” for this amazing illustration:
Very interesting in his french/belgian comics identity. Something classical that brings you back to those years, when you’re at school, at lunch break, hidden in the library reading and looking to these pictures able to take you away for the boring class hours.
Then i saw “Le Stroumpf de foins of Frank Omer. It was hilarious: for it’s “biblical and Marxist” interpretation of these blue beings living n mushrooms. In its description the artists says that during his childhood he used to read his father’s Schtroumpf albums (like many of us ); and years later he discovered the “nullité inclassable”(cit.), translated it means the “unclassifiable uselessness” of these albums. It remembered me i had the same impression after i grew up… i thought it was all so weird and disturbing about these blue guys living in a…a hallucinogenics mushrooms. And his piece (ink and aquarelles) really describes it very well.
When my friend and I finished to look at the illustrations…. we saw there was a bunch of books. We saw again Joëlle Jolivet’s works. It came back to me as a flash … those old school books… I took my time to sit there and swim into the memories.
It felt good to be right there, in that moment, with my old friend Charlotte. I took a moment to look at her and realize i knew her since 26 years.
Well as you can see, it’s an opportunity to spend a good time in Paris, for free, and discover nice art of the capital!