La Lune : l’exposition


“The moon, from the real journey
to the imaginary ones”, is, in a way, an exploration of the relationships
that mankind has maintained since its origins,
with this object that accompanies us, that is always there,
that disappears and changes. This exhibition is, above all, an artistic exhibition. It includes around 120 works from all over the world. It covers a wide period, with various incursions
into archeology, up to a very contemporary period. The exhibition was devised
to celebrate the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon. We’ve chosen everyday objects that tell the life story
of those three men who went on an eight-day trip to the moon. The eyewitness accounts
of the real journey are shown as works of art that evoke the poetic relationship between artists and the moon,
but also more geopolitical questions. You’ll see extraordinary photos
from the end of the 19th century which have been used
by contemporary artists and which are,
as well as scientific documents, true works of art, and you can
imagine that whoever took them, the inventors of photography,
also considered them works of art. There is also the question
of the three moods of the moon, for the moon is a changing body, which always presents
a different face, and which incarnates our moods, mankind’s moods,
our torments, our concerns. So we’re looking,
mainly through paintings and historical paintings, at its benevolent,
caressing and inspiring face. Then with contemporary works we highlight its changing face
and its impermanence. Finally we’ll address its funereal face, its more sombre, disturbing side, which embraces a darker,
more symbolist poetic universe. The moon, a familiar body which man has always seen as a kind of mirror, has nevertheless been incarnated. Man has given it a human figure, and we’ll discover all its incarnations, often feminine but not always, divine or more down to earth, through Western art but with a few incursions
into Eastern art. Finally, the last part of the exhibition
will be an experience that we offer to visitors, something intimate and inward-looking. We all have
our own relationship with the moon. It belongs to mankind, and reflects us.
it’s our companion. And on our journey through this highly poetic,
existential experience, perhaps everyone leaves
with their own moon. Subtitles
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