The Salon du dessin which has organized an international Symposium every year around a theme since
2006, has decided to focus on the performing arts for two consecutive years, 2018 and 2019.
The aim is to reflect on the specificity of the ephemeral practice that is performance: drawing as memory
and/or the visual record of practices and habits of the stage, or more generally of the performance and
theatrical life, such as set designs, architectural plans, portraits of actors, singers and dancers, sketches
of stages, studies and a few rare drawings evoking music.
It will be an opportunity to reveal collections of drawings relating to the performing arts conserved in
museums and libraries, especially at the BibliothÃ¨que nationale de France (Département de la Musique
et Bibliothèque-musée de l’Opéra, Département des Arts du Spectacle), at the Comédie-Française,
the Bibliothèque historique de la ville de Paris, the Louvre, and in foreign institutions, in Europe,
especially in italy (the Certani collection of the Cini foundation in venice), and in the USA.
This first year of a two year cycle will be centred on the one hand on the presentation of collections
and artists through emblematic works (from Bérain to Lacroix passing by Percier, Cicéri, Despléchin,
Bakst, Larionov, Picasso, Léger, Masson, Pizzi) and on the other hand, on the study of the “gesture”.
The symposium on “drawing and the performance arts” will doubtless allow us to discover works and
artists but also to consider the questions that have arisen in recent years about the part that is now
essential, played by visual sources in theatrical work.
Under the Presidency of Mr. Pierre Rosenberg of the Académie Française and under the academic direction of Michèle Sajous D’Oria, professor at the Università di Bari
Wednesday 21 March 2018 / 2.30 p.m.
Chaired by Michel Delon (Professor at université Paris-IV Sorbonne)
Mathias Auclair (director of the département
de la musique de la bnF)
Manon Dardenne (Responsible for the iconographic and photographic collections of the département des arts du Spectacle de la bnF)
Pauline Girard (Curator of the département des Collections théâtrales, bibliothèque historique de la ville de Paris)
Maria Ida Biggi (director of the Study Centre for documentary Research on european theatre, Fondazione Cini, venice)
Dr.Andreas Stolzenburg (Chief Curator Prints & Drawings, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hambourg)
Agathe Sanjuan (Curator-archivist of the bibliothèquemusée
de la Comédie-Française, Paris)
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