DEAUVILLE Les Franciscaines > June 27th to September 13th

Converting a religious place leads us to question our capacity to gather people with different religious beliefs. How can it remain engraved in this place's memories without jeopardizing its neutrality? How can we instil an ecumenical spirit without denying this heritage? An inter-religious dialogue arouse from this questioning. These discussions rapidly led the scientific council to question the imaginary world that guides our relationship with faith, and the representation of Heaven in the three largest Abrahamic religions. This is the first itinerary proposed to the visitors. Initial heaven, lost heaven and afterlife heaven: the Garden of Eden is seen as the wonderful afterlife place to hope for, the human aspiration to reinvent itself after life.

"On the path to heaven" encourages the public to think and to be conquered by the power of these works. It's an immersive exhibition that the visitor can experience - through the works proposed by some contemporary artist -, which shows the strength and permanence, in secularized societies, of the first representations of heaven.

For this first exhibition, loans were granted by the major French and foreign institutions, among them the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’art et d’histoire du judaïsme, the BnF and the Agha Khan Museum. Miniatures, manuscrits, paintings, ceramics, ritual objects, carpets, graphic arts, photographs and videos representing the metamorphosis of the idea of "heaven" in the three Abrahamic religions - judaism, christianity and islam - from the third millenium before JC to the contemporary era are found.  Works by Brueghel de Velours, Albrecht Dürer, Maurice Denis, Philippe de Champaigne, Pierre et Gilles, Gérard Garouste, Bill Viola and many more artists are found too.

General Commission: Régis DEBRAY, philosopher and writer, member of the Académie Goncourt.
Scientific Commission: Lynda FRENOIS, Director of the Musée des Franciscaines.   
Scientific Council: Jacqueline CHABBI, Historian specialized in arabic and humanities, Professor Emeritus of Universities / Jean-François COLOSIMO, Historian and theologian, General Director of the Cerf editions /  Delphine HORVILLEUR, Rabin / Thierry GRILLET, Director of Cultural Dissemination for Bibliothèque Nationale de France / Aurélie CLEMENTE-RUIZ, Director of the exhibition department at the Institut du Monde Arabe / Valérie VESQUE-JEANCARD, former appointed General Director of the RMN-GP / Annie MADET-VACHE, Manager of the Preservation Service at Musée National de la Marine.  


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