Avignon

Dante, The Divine Comedy illustrated

From 03/11/2021 to 29/01/2022 except on January 1st and December 25th.
Closed Monday and Sunday.
- Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 11am-7pm.
- Wednesday and Saturday: 10am-6pm.

Event in Avignon :

This exhibition gives a glimpse of the broad spectrum of illustrations, across the centuries, inspired by Dante's work.
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In this year that celebrates the seven hundredth anniversary of Dante's death, the City of Avignon celebrates Dante Alighieri with an exhibition devoted to illustrations of the Divine Comedy. The illustrations are on display at the library, Bibliothèque Ceccano, from 3 November 2021 to 29 January 2022.
There are oer two hundred illustrated editions of Dante's publication, ranging from work by Botticelli, Flaxman, Blake, Doré, Dali and, more recently, Barceló.
This exhibition has selected works that are little-known or even unknown in France, and proposes to take a sidestep, shedding light on the many different artistic perceptions, in and outside of France. The exhibit emphasizes the diversity of editorial choices and media used. Wood engravings from the 16th century, to totally contemporary photographiy, cartoons, works from Italy, Denmark, Russia and elsewhere, show just how, as poet O. E. Mandelstam described, the cantos of the Divine Comedy are "instruments for understanding the future".
Exhibition curator:
Paul Bitner, collectioner, specialised in the illustrated editions of The Divine Comedy


A program of visits and events with eminent speialists of Dante has been prepared for your enjoyment.

- Saturday 6 November at 2pm: guided visit by Paul Bitner, curator of the exhibition.

- Friday 12 November at 6:30pm: discussion - Dante the theologian, for whom no subject was unknown.
With Franck La Brasca, professor emeritus, Dante specialist.

- Saturday 20 November at 2pm: guided visit with Camille Jordan, Avignon Bibliothèques.

- Saturday 20 November at 3:30: Discussion - How and why translate Dante today?
Michel Orcel, translator of three cantos of the Divine Comedy, published by Editions La Dogana.

- Friday 17 December at 6:30pm: discussion- Dante and his book: a philosophical education.
Bruno Pinchard, founder and president of the "Société dantesque de France".

- Saturday 18 December at 2pm: guided visit with Camille Jordan, Avignon Bibliothèques.

- Saturday 8 January at 2pm: guided visit with Paul Bitner, curator of the exhibition.

- Wednesday 12 January at 6:30pm: reading : In the Footsteps of Dante.
A journey through the poet's texts, with selected stops of certain modern works of art.

- Thursday 13 January at 5:30 pm Reading - Music at the heart of words. Dante and music.
Literature et la music are closely intertwined. This will be the opportunity for musical and literary excerpts ...

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Dates and times

From 03/11/2021 to 29/01/2022 except on January 1st and December 25th.
Closed Monday and Sunday.
- Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 11am-7pm.
- Wednesday and Saturday: 10am-6pm.

Prices

Free of charge.

Languages spoken

  • French

Contact

Bibliothèque Ceccano - 2 bis rue Laboureur
84000 Avignon
Tel : View number 04 90 85 15 59
E-Mail : bibliotheques.avignon@mairie-avignon.com
Website : http://bibliotheques.avignon.fr

Coordinates

Longitude : 4.806415
Latitude : 43.946194