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DEAUVILLE The Franciscans

The reconversion of a religious place necessarily questions its capacity to unite, to bring together individuals with different religious beliefs. How to register this imprint in the memory of places without tainting its new neutrality? How can we instill an ecumenical spirit without denying this heritage? It was by questioning that the subject of inter-religious dialogue was born. Very quickly, the extent of the exchanges led the scientific council to wonder about the imagination which can guide each one in its relation to the faith, and about the representation of Paradise in the three religions of the book. This is the first route that Les Franciscaines offers visitors to take. Pinitial aradis, lost paradise or terminal paradise, garden of Eden envisaged as the stay of a hoped afterlife, this fabulous place concentrates the human aspiration to invent itself beyond life.

The dates of this exhibition are linked to the opening date of the Franciscans, not fixed to date. Information on these pages soon.

"On the paths of paradise" is an invitation to reflect but also to be captivated by the force of the works. Immersive exhibition where the visitor will be led to live an experience - in particular through the installations of some contemporary artists -, she is keen to draw the thread up to our time, thus testifying to the strength and permanence, at the heart of secularized societies, the first representations of paradise.

For this first exhibition, loans have been granted by the largest French and foreign institutions, including the Louvre, the Museum of Art and History of Judaism, the BnF or the Agha Khan Museum, bringing together miniatures, manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, ritual objects, carpets, graphic arts, photographs and videos which retrace the metamorphoses of the idea of ​​"paradise" in the three religions of the book - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - from the third millennium BC to the 'contemporary period. We can find works by Brueghel de Velours, Albrecht Dürer, Maurice Denis, Philippe de Champaigne but also by Pierre et Gilles, Gérard Garouste and Bill Viola ...

General curator: Régis DEBRAY, philosopher and writer, member of the Goncourt Academy.
Scientific curator: Lynda FRENOIS, Director of the Musée des Franciscaines.   
Scientific Council: Jacqueline CHABBI, Agrégée Historian of Arabic and Doctor of Letters, Honorary Professor of Universities / Jean-François COLOSIMO, Historian Theologian, Director General of Editions du Cerf / Delphine HORVILLEUR, Rabin / Thierry GRILLET, Director of Cultural Dissemination Library Nationale de France / Aurélie CLEMENTE-RUIZ, Director of the exhibitions department of the Institut du Monde Arabe / Valérie VESQUE-JEANCARD, former Deputy Managing Director of the RMN-GP / Annie MADET-VACHE, Head of the museum's conservation service National Navy.  


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