30th October

The Franciscans receive a first donation from the Association of Friends of the Franciscans

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Sandrine Boyer-Engel

For this first donation, the association has chosen a work by Pierre and Gilles. This was unveiled on Saturday, October 29, in the presence of Philippe Augier, on the first floor of the Franciscaines, in the universe dedicated to Deauville.

Recently exhibited at the Spritmuseum, in Sweden, the work represents Mica Argañaraz, model and Argentinian artist, in a marine, romantic and whimsical world. This photograph is from a series specially designed for the exhibition Eaux Troubles, bringing together romantic images of the sea, the port and the life of a sailor, opposing the overexploitation of our time, which threatens to eradicate all marine life

Photographer Pierre Commoy and painter Gilles Blanchard, originally from Le Havre, have created a sumptuous universe where photography and painting meet. Their portraits are peopled with friends and celebrities, in beautifully and dramatically lit scenes, built on a grand scale. Between reality, dreams and fantasies, the images are imbued with symbols and references to cinema, pop music, religion, mythology and fairy tales. A spectacular iconography on the border between art history and popular culture.

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Sandrine Boyer-Engel
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A first acquisition by the Association of Friends of the Franciscans

Since 2015, the Association of Friends of the Franciscans has set itself the task of supporting the development of the Franciscans museum and cultural life in Deauville. "The work of Pierre and Gilles is of very high quality and consistent with the cultural project of the Franciscans, that of decompartmentalizing the arts and making culture accessible to all", Pierre-Alain de Malleray, president of the association.


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