The Centre des monuments nationaux and the Beaux-Arts de Paris are joining forces to present an exhibition entitled "The Witch, the Jester, the Sentinels, the Ghost and the Princess", produced by students in the "Artists & Exhibition Professions" programme in the dungeon of the Château de Vincennes. The curator is the student-artists of the course: Joséphine Berthou, Charline Gdalia, Jean-Baptiste Georjon and Clarisse Marguerite.
The Château de Vincennes is the ideal setting for this exhibition, which questions the symbolic characters of the tale and the stereotypes associated with this literary genre. Through this project, which uses the dungeon of the Château de Vincennes as a fictional setting, the students of the Beaux-Arts de Paris question the traditional narrative models of fairy tales and the collective memory. Throughout the visit, the spectator is plunged into a magical universe where contemporary art comments on the images created by centuries of history.
Each area of the castle is dedicated to a typical character from the tale: the chemin de la ronde, for example, is devoted to the figure of the sentry. 46 works by artists from the Beaux-Arts de Paris, selected in response to a call for projects, will be presented in a predefined format, with reference to the guards of Charles V. At the time, a hundred or so men in the service of the King populated the covered way. Together, they ensured his protection by preventing anyone from entering the keep. Today, the ghosts of these guards continue to inhabit the corridors...
Other works, inspired by archetypal figures, are scattered throughout the castle keep. The character of the witch appears on the "cursed lawn", the jester is embodied in the council chamber, the princess resides on the second floor of the tower and the ghost haunts the ground floor. Plastic and performance works meet and dialogue with each other, like the life-size game of geese drawn on the grass by Clarisse Marguerite, which will serve as the basis for Chloé Poitevin's performance on the opening day. The giant board will allow her to draw the contours of her magical universe, where, through a work on costume and its symbols, she will revisit the characters of the tale to activate their stereotypes.
Artists exhibited: Juliette Barthe, Amélie Bigard, Joséphine Berthou, Sacha Cambier, Caroline Delhom, Nathan Ghali, Charline Gdalia, Jean-Baptiste Georjon, Anna Giner, Yvan Ivanovic, Maya Kafian, Léa Le Floch, Lena Long, Clarisse Marguerite, Nicole Mera, Nos Lèvres Révoltées, Chloé Poitevin, Loïs Saumande, Alisson Schmitt, Liv Schulman, Masha Silchenko
Château de Vincennes
1 avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes
Reservation recommended on the website http://www.chateau-de-vincennes.fr/
Full price ticket: €9