Isabelle Adjani at the Nuits de Fourvière
Lyon's nights are more beautiful than ever on the hill of Fourvière. In Le Vertige Marilyn, Isabelle Adjani orchestrates a disturbing face-to-face between the brunette Isabelle and the blonde Marilyn. The Familie Flöz comes from Germany and the Musicbanda Franui from Austria with Himmelerde, an amazing musical show.
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Les Nuits de Fourvière, from 31 May to 28 July, in Lyon.
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The torrential traces of Abdelkader Benchamma
Abdelkader Benchamma, Geologies of floods at the François Schneider Foundation, 2023. Abdelkader Benchamma and the Morane Remaud Foundation
A new arty deluge floods the François Schneider Foundation, in Wattwiller, near Mulhouse. Abdelkader Benchamma, winner of the 2015 Drawing Now Prize, designed a tailor-made exhibition for the art centre. From the entrance, we discover seven sculptures similar to mountains up to four meters high, and on which the artist painted landscapes, liquid flows, caves ... "There is a subtle play of colors, it is a completely new approach in the work of Abdelkader Benchamma," explains Marie Terrieux, curator and director of the foundation. "The artist worked with affresco painting, ink on paper, lithography and 3D animation...", she summarizes. Along the floors, we stop in front of new works created in situ such as the large fresco painted on the walls of the foundation (photo), with openings on the outdoor gardens. In this universe, mineral, vegetal and cosmic forms rub shoulders: a cave, an aquatic atlas, dry planets, or extraterrestrial water... So many traces left by the passage of water in this geological epic. If water remains a symbol of rebirth, chaos or punishment in the founding myths, the French artist makes it a "Geology of deluges", title of the exhibition.
"Geology of deluges", until September 24, at the François Schneider Foundation, in Wattwiller (Haut-Rhin).
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Jessie Burton's Mysterious Novel
La Maison dorée, by Jessie Burton, published by Éditions Gallimard. Press
With its singular atmosphere and taste for painting, Les Filles au lion had marked the spirits in 2017, but it was in 2015 that the British author had broken the shack with Miniaturist, whose sequel, also mysterious and romantic. Jessie Burton has a proven talent for transporting us in modern times to distant times, here the early eighteenth century, in Amsterdam. Thea is a young girl passionate about theater and madly in love, in secret, with a set painter. Her mother, Marin, died at birth, she was raised by her father, Otto, of African descent, her aunt Nella and the cook Cornelia. Everyone loves her, but has very different plans for her and struggles with insoluble financial problems.
This strange family configuration gives all its salt to the novel, against the backdrop of a rigid society that reserves nothing good for those who have neither the fortune nor the regulatory skin color... One day, Thea receives a letter threatening to reveal her relationship with Walter if she refuses to pay a large sum. At the same time, two beautiful miniature figurines are addressed to him, one representing his lover and the other a pretty house painted in fine gold. Of all this, Thea says nothing, trying as best she can to save her love for Walter, as well as her reputation and that of her family. How, moreover, to escape the marriage project that his aunt has concocted for her? Weaving with virtuosity feelings, social issues of the time and the enigma of miniatures that reappear, the novel captures on the spot the journey of emancipation of a young girl at this moment of life when dreams shatter on reality.
La Maison dorée, by Jessie Burton, Éditions Gallimard, 464 p., €24.
Translated by Laura Derajinski.