In Bremen, Essar Arts and Cultures Space[t]s enlivens culture both in the countryside and in the big city. Very close to Carcassonne, on the Laurage plain, “Le Journal d’un siècle” presents 100 photographs of Jacques Henri Lartigue, an amazing exhibition.
He was the author of the official photograph of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of the Republic, in 1974. But Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) is not limited to this picture, far from it, he, who from the age of 6 to 92, produced several tens of thousands. However, it was not until an exhibition at the MoMa in New York at the age of 69, followed by the publication of a portfolio in Life magazine, that he gained international recognition. The son of a banker, dandy, lover of speed, cars, planes (and women), photographer, artist and writer leaves work closely intertwined with his life, his models are often relatives, including his inventor brother nicknamed Zissu. It demonstrates undeniable aesthetic qualities, as well as a reflection on the image and a completely original subject.
A journey through the ages
From the Big Apple of the sixties to Bram at Ode this summer, the step may seem gigantic in terms of scale. Essar Arts and Culture Space[t]s crosses it with happiness, presenting “Le Journal d’un Siècle”, a collection of 100 of the most famous photographs taken by the artist, and others less famous
. At almost 200 linear meters, the visitor is surprised at every step, captivated by shots sparkling with life, a little unusual, sometimes disturbing, witnesses of past eras and moments, but to which you feel a strange closeness. The exhibition is of high quality and impressive given the rural setting in which it is presented: the countryside of Lorège, between Castelnaudary and Carcassonne, an hour’s drive from the capital Toulouse.
Don’t miss “The Wall”![t]Espace des Essar is open and friendly [K]s completes its exhibitions on the 1st floor with satellite exhibitions or shows in the so-called Salle des Mariages on the first floor. Now you can see the works of Maria Slovakia there at the initiative of the Les Amis des Essarts association, whose volunteers also take care of
Fé, a place of rest and exchange. Upstairs there is also a creative room for artists, where we are currently projecting, on the occasion of “Journal d’un Siècle”, a documentary by Philippe Coley called “Le siècle en positive”, as well as a studio to house them. Finally, there is a park, two hectares of greenery close to the village. To end or start your visit, it depends, don’t miss the “Brehm Wall” on one of the facades of the space: every three months a new urban art mural is painted there, modeled after the famous Oberkampf Wall in Paris. Effectively!
Recognized exhibition center
Designed by the city in 2004 in an old mansion and adjacent park bequeathed to the city by Madame de Gilbert de Essard, the site has become a recognized exhibition center entirely dedicated to fine arts and culture. This is also not his first attempt with Jacques Henri Lartigue, as his walls alternated with works by Robert Cap, Robert Duino and Raymond Depardon. A hard way to meet the challenges: hosting quality exhibitions, artist residencies and shows throughout the year.
“It took us 10 years to reach its opening in March 2014. In collaboration with the Jeu de Paume in Paris, we organized an exhibition about the Retirada, the expulsion of the Spanish Republicans in 1939 (Editor’s note: Brehm was one of them). camps for internment Aud of Montolier and Cuise-Montazelle). We needed something strong. We understood that it was possible and, above all, that there was an audience,” says the mayor of the city, Claudie Faucon Mejean, who accompanies us with her child prodigy at the opening of the exhibition.[t]Espace Arts et Cultures des Essar is surrounded by schools and colleges
The exhibition is open to visitors from Wednesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00 (closed on Monday and Tuesday) Prices: adults 4 euros, children from 6 to 15 years 1 euro, groups (over 10 people), students, pensioners, applicants for employment 2€. Contacts: tel. 04.68.24.40.66. Email: [email protected] Website: www.villedebram.fr/culture-tourisme/essarts_bram/