For the 8e The Festival de l'histoire de l'art has been a great success for a wide range of audiences. Conferences, concerts, readings, round tables and screenings were sold out with 40,000 visits over the three days.

Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, is delighted with this excellent attendance. The public confirms a clear interest in this unique event in Europe. The Festival has thus again won its bet, that of bringing together professionals and the general public. This year, visitors were able to enjoy nearly 250 free accessible events organized around the theme of the dream and the guest country, Greece.

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, the National Institute of Art History and the Château de Fontainebleau, the Art History Festival is a plural event promoting the public encounter with the actors of art history. The Festival was inaugurated Friday 1er June by the French Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen, and the Greek Minister of Culture and Sports, Lydía Koniórdou. The inaugural lecture was given by Jean-Michel Othoniel, an internationally renowned artist.

Many well-known speakers then moderated the conferences and roundtables:

- Hélène Cixous, professor emeritus and writer,

- Georges Didi-Huberman, Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales,

- Alexandre Farnoux, Director of the French School in Athens,

- Jean-Luc Martinez, President and Director of the Louvre Museum,

- Evgénios D. Matthiopoulos, Professor at the University of Crete,

- Bénédicte Savoy, professor at the Collège de France,

- Alain Schnapp, Professor Emeritus, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne,

- Adam Szymczyk, Director of Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017,

- Gao Xingjian, Nobel Prize winner in literature, novelist, playwright, poet, director and painter.

The dream, theme of this 8e publishing

Apprehended variously according to time and geographical zones, the dream invites us to explore unexpected subjects. Art historians, sociologists, psychoanalysts, anthropologists, as well as the artists and writers present during the Festival were the interpreters.

Greece, the guest country

The choice of Greece as guest country has made it possible to offer to the festival-goers a vast panorama of the actuality of archaeology and ancient art, but also to testify to the vitality of the contemporary Hellenic artistic scene: artists, curators, gallery owners, students, Directors of museums, art centres and private foundations, as well as the protagonists and witnesses of Documenta 14 shared their experiences during these three days.

A News Forum

The result of a complete overhaul since 2016, the Forum de l'actualité has become a privileged place for debate. It made it possible to better understand the current events of museums, the art market and highlighted heritage issues.

The Art & Camera section: 50 films or the representation of dreams in cinema

A true festival in the Festival, Art & Caméra acts as a mediator between art historians and the general public. Cinematographic programming has returned to reference films, such as The science of dreams» Michel Gondry and has presented films in a wide variety of sectors: painting, painting, photography, dance. He also paid tribute to Greek filmmakers, notably Costa Gavras, director of literary adaptations such as Clair de Femme», «Z.», «Confession», «Killer compartment»...

The Young Critic Award, short film award allowing high school students to try their hand at film analysis, was awarded to Gagarin by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh.

Programming dedicated to young people and families

Young researchers were major players in this 8e publishing through new initiatives. The Festival has successfully renewed the Rencontres Internationales Étudiantes, the mediation operations proposed by the students of the École du Louvre and the Faculté des Lettres de Sorbonne-Université, as well as the competition «Ma recherche en histoire de l'art en 180 secondes». For the first time, he also invited young researchers to present their work on the theme of dreams in a format specially designed for them.

The programme also included many activities dedicated to families and children, which anchored the Festival more strongly in its desire to address everyone. Pierre Hancisse and Nicolas Lormeau, members of the Comédie-Française, enthused the audience with their show «The Greek tragedy for those who never understood it». The students of the Centre national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris have once again mobilized to propose concerts, while the young graduates of the Beaux-Arts de Paris have realized one of the exhibitions open for the Festival. One of the novelties of this 8th edition was dedicated to children, invited to participate in mini-conferences of art history combining knowledge and games. The result of a year’s work of 15 classes from the CP to the second, an original arts and cultural education project, called the “Jewel of Dreams” was also presented to the public.

Salon du livre et de la revue d'art: a unifying event for art publishing and bookshops

With more than 100 publishers, including a Greek and 3 booksellers, the Salon is supported by the National Book Centre. It is also sponsored by the national publishing union and its Art et Beaux-Livres group, as well as the French bookshop union.

As every year, the Salon offers several awards to help translate essays on art. With the help of the National Heritage Institute, the Festival aims to support the dissemination of French research abroad.

Two projects to translate a foreign language into French, and two projects to translate French into a foreign language, were awarded this year:

- Éditions L'Atelier contemporain, with Perspectives on the art of XXth century» and Capricci Editions, with Make Trouble», have respectively received the first prize and the second prize of the Salon du livre and the art magazine, for their project of translation from English to French,

- Éditions Gourcuff Gradenigo, with Marguerite Gérard and Editions Palouyan Siranouche, with The little red riding hood», for their part, were rewarded for their project of translation from French to English for the first and to Armenian for the second.

In addition, Séverine Sofios was awarded the Olga Fradiss prize for her work «Female Artists. The Enchanted Parenthesis, XVIII-XIXe centuries», published by Éditions CNRS.

Finally, awarded for the first time on the occasion of the Festival, the Vitale and Arnold Blokh Prize, was awarded by Jean Blot to Pierre Wat, for his work « Wanderings – Landscapes between nature and history», to Hazan Publishing.

Spring University: training teachers to meet the work of art

Organized within the framework of the national training plan by the Ministry of National Education, in partnership with the National Institute of Art History and with the collaboration of the Château de Fontainebleau and the Ecole du Louvre, this seminar, organized during 2 days (scientific and didactic day), is addressed to about sixty educational actors who accompany the implementation of the teaching of the history of the arts.

Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, wishes to thank all those who contributed to the success of this 8th edition and announces that the 9e edition will be held from the June 7-9, 2019 with the theme People and for guest countries the Scandinavian countries.

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