Bistro! From Baudelaire to PicassoPreviously
17 March 2017 - 21 June 2017
"Bistro! From Baudelaire to Picasso bears testimony to over two centuries of a certain way of existing in the world and of representing it. The exhibition explores the broad range of situations created by cafés, from the solitary drinker to pick-up scenes, from melancholic withdrawal to identity affirmation, from male exclusivity to female advocacy.”
For its first major temporary exhibition, La Cité du Vin is presenting some one hundred works ranging from paintings to photography, films and literature. The goal of this exhibition is to highlight the essential role of cafés and bistros in creation and society, from the late 18th century to the current day.
At times leaving France behind for the rest of Europe and the USA, combining traditional media with photography and cinema, it
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THE ARTISTS AND WORKS FEATURED IN THE EXHIBITION
4 SECTIONS FEATURED IN AN ORIGINAL SETTING
SECTION 1: ATMOSPHeRE, ATMOSPHeRE
Both a space and a mood, the café has challenged artists. How do you render the interaction between light, bodies and glances which must enchant the eye of the spectator? How do you capture the atmosphere and the flow of affects? Whether luxury establishment or "boozer" worthy of Zola, each place possessed its own spirit which it imposed on the artists. More than any other social venue, cafés and bistros, dance halls and cabarets, even café-concerts, form the heart of our modernity.
section 2: Cheap Thrills
In response to the bourgeois cafés of the Impressionists came the popularity of the workingclass pub. Just as the Third Republic
Section 3: Attractions
The promiscuity of the sexes constituted one of the typical characteristics of the modern café. The fruit of lucky magnetism,
Section 4: Bohemian dream
A refuge or a stepping stone, the café can be seen as a metaphor for the artist in conflict, a bohemian or a dandy, who
"Whether we call it a café, a bistro, or an “estaminet”, the 21st century French bar has a dual mythical function: it is identified, by the French and foreigners alike, as a part of French culture. Its history and organisation are seen as synonymous with French society, to the point where the “terrasse de café” and the “garçon de café” have become national stereotypes"
* Credits and legal notices
** The extracts from texts by Charles Baudelaire, Louis Aragon and Patti Smith are read by the student actors at the ESTBA (École Supérieure de Théâtre Bordeaux Aquitaine), in association with the 3iS school.
Scientific Committee and Exhibition Curator
The Scientific Committee:
- Stéphane Guégan, Art Historian
- Pascal Ory, Professor of History at the Sorbonne
- Philippe Sollers, Author
- Jean-Didier Vincent, Member of the Institut de France, Professor emeritus of Université Paris-XI, Member of the Académie des Vins de France
- Laurence Chesneau-Dupin, Cultural Director of the Fondation pour la culture et les civilisations du vin
- Marion Eybert, Temporary Exhibitions Manager
The catalogue covers the exhibition’s four themes and more broadly explores questions relating to bistros, cafés and cabarets (myths, places of desire, cafe and cinema, etc.). Authors: Members of the Scientific Committee for the exhibition: Stéphane Guégan, Pascal Ory, Jean-Didier Vincent, Philippe Sollers (interviews). Guest authors: Antoine de Baecque, Frédéric Vitoux, Florence Valdès-Forain, Claudine Grammont. Catalogue publication: March 2017, Editions Gallimard. Retail price: €29 including VAT. Points of sale: La Cité du Vin Boutique. Booklet available in english.