Thursday, 11 April 2013

Delires de Livres

The next exhibition I will be participating in is Delires de Livres 2013, a biennial exhibition organised by Am'arts in Chartres, France.  Delires de Livres  means delirious about books. I have participated once before in 2011, and I was fortunate to be on holidays in Paris at the time and was able to spend a delightful day in Chartres seeing the exhibition and meeting Chantal Leibenguth, the organiser and curator.  Chantal produces a great catalogue and artists' cards which can be purchased at the show.

The exhibition is held in the Collegiale Saint-Andre, a gorgeous old church which dates back to the 12th century.  It has been partly destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries and underwent a comprehensive restoration in 2003 as a cultural centre. 
The medieval garden has been cultivated with aromatic and medicinal herbs.
After leaving the magnificent Chartres cathedral
and walking through a gateway from the gardens
I entered a steep old street of stairs
which led down to Saint-Andre.
There is a video of the opening in 2007 which gives some idea of the wonderful interior and atmosphere of the exhibition.
One of my Book Art Object books, That Unbearable Lightness
and a 2012 version of Lost in a Million Dead End Streets
will be on display from 27th April to 19th May.
Unfortunately I am not able to attend this year, but I'm delighted to be participating. 


Fiona Dempster said...

What a wonderful exhibition and space Helen - it must have been marvellous to be there in person! your books will have a wonderful time and shine brightly for you I am sure. A shame you can't be there with them.

Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) said...

How wonderful, Helen. I think you have us all wanting to go to Chartres now! It sounds like it will be a great show. Your two contributions are marvelous as well! I wish I could handle them. They look so fascinating.

Helen M said...

Thanks Fiona and Ellen. It is a shame not to be there this year.