15.10.10

Le Monde


As we know, Le Monde is a leading French newspaper. A few years ago, they moved from more central premises to modern facilities at Boulevard Blanqui. The facade is spectacular.

Following a start last year, the newspaper organized again last weekend a meeting called “Le Monde des livres”, “livres” meaning books. A number of authors were invited to talk and to be interviewed about their recent publications. There were also some sessions, where actors and actresses read extracts. I could not be present the whole weekend so of course I missed a few performances, including the ones of Umberto Eco and the newspaper’s cartoonist, Plantu.
I had the at least the chance to listen to actor Fabrice Lucchini and to philosopher – and former minister of education – Luc Ferry.
The organizers had invited some artists to expose works related to printed matters.

One of them was FKDL (Franck Duval), who executed four collages during the weekend. FKDL is one of the urban artists to whom I have now and then related in my different posts about Paris street art.
I visited FKDL’s studio recently and came home with a collage, which is now on one of my walls. Luc Ferry kindly made a kind dedication in his recent – and most interesting – book, “La revolution de l’amour”. (Photo taken by a friend.)
I wish you a nice weekend!

36 comments:

Mystica said...

For someone whose travelling seems to be restricted to Colombo - Melbourne only, your views of parisian life are enthralling. Thank you once again.

James said...

I bet it looks great on your wall!

Catherine said...

sounds like exactly my kind of event - love the look of that collage..

V Rakesh said...

Wow! The Le Monde building is so wonderful to look at! Truly creative in design!

Brilliant pictures, as always!

Do have a great weekend!

Nadege said...

How I wish I could have been part of the event.
The building is pretty amazing.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Well, it is nice to see a photo of you in your posting, particularly since Mr. Ferry was signing your book. Very nice post and love your collage!

Bon weekend
Genie

Olivier said...

je trouve ce batiment magnifique, un hommage a la presse. Superbe visite

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Great building. Sadly, I doubt that many newspapers today would feel confident enough financially to invest in a building like this.

claude said...

Comme quoi au Monde, on voit du monde !
Le bâtiment me paraît pas mal vu de dehors. le Monde à Paris et Paris dans le monde.
Repartir de cette visite avec une dédicace de Luc Ferry, quel honneur, et tu le mérites bien !

Karin (an alien parisienne) said...

One thing I appreciate very much about France is the dedication to the arts, and to literature/journalism, and events such as this one highlight the dedication to such causes. I'm glad you got to attend!

That's Line 6 that passes in front of Le Monde, right? I've only seen the building from the Métro car. I love the façade, too, especially the dove. Thank you for capturing such a good photo of it!

Leena said...

My deepest condolence for your sorrow, Peter and warmest greetings from already snowy East Finland!

I am glad you are back in your rich world of happenings in Paris.

All the best for you!

hpy said...

Sûrement très intéressant comme évènement! J'aurais bien voulu y assister.

delphinium said...

mince c'est qui le mec à côté de Peter? LOLLLLLL
Quant à Fabrice L. j'avoue qu'il me casse un peu les roubignolles que je n'ai pas ...

Adam said...

You're becoming something of an urban art collector now - you'll have to organise an open day at your apartment!

BLOGitse said...

Would be great to have more street art, everywhere.
Le Monde building looks good even if it's a huge ad but it's stylish...
Have a relaxing weekend!

Ruth said...

Oh what a nice event, Peter. And lovely to see you there with the philosopher!

Bon week-end. I hope it will be a beautiful one in Paris.

Shionge said...

Oh wow....what a meaningful event

Ash said...

Interesting artwork - very colourful and quirky!

Bettina said...

Wow ! You sure are leading an interesting life, Peter.
I love the art, good for you, you've got one ;o)

Karen said...

Happy to see you back, Peter. I love this post and the collage you bought. I recently saw some of his art on the internet..perhaps Facebook. The work I saw was similar to yours but without the colorful background.

I love collage and will be taking a 2 day course in December. We'll be doing a portrait in Collage. Something I've not done before so it should be a challenge.

Jeanie said...

Pretty spectacular, Peter, and I can see why you wanted your own collage -- beautiful and amazing.

Starman said...

I don't think I've ever walked that far down Boulevard Blanqui.

Starman said...

I don't think I've ever walked that far down Boulevard Blanqui.

Paris Paul said...

Fabrice is looking a little scruffy. Did he read with that same 'special' intonation he uses when he acts? And I agree with you, the facade is awesome. Thanks for sharing this, Peter.

Trotter said...

Hi Peter! I'm truly happy to se that you're bacjk in business...
Have a great weekend!

joanny said...

Hello Peter:

Welcome back, I have missed you and your posts. My condolences for you and your family on your mother's passing.

The Le Monde building is exquisite, only in Paris would such an attention to the arts be so appreciated, and done so beautifully.

Franck Duval's art is a step ahead of our times and yet so reflective of urban life, it is a pleasure to see him and you in a photograph together and to see his art.
I hope you enjoy the collage you bought for may years to come.

Joanny

Virginia said...

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Love the facade of le Monde! I love your artist's work as well Peter. I"m thinking your walls are getting full of some wonderful pieces you've found. How nice to get the autograph as well.

Bon weekend!
V

Simony said...

Hello Peter,
I missed you and your posts!
Glad to see you back and thanks for sharing with us all the interesting events in Paris.
Take care.

nathalie said...

J'adore cette façade du Monde, je ne connaissais pas - quand j'ai vu ta photo j'ai cru que c'était une de ces toiles qu'on tend sur les échafaudages durant les travaux. C'est MAGNIFIQUE !

J'aime beaucoup aussi le fait que tu achètes régulièrement des oeuvres d'artistes urbains qui te plaisent. C'est vraiment une bonne idée. Si j'avais un peu plus de sous je ferais volontiers la même chose avec certains artistes que je découvre avec le parcours de l'art.

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wow,,such a wonderful journey and posting..
ur writing makes me wants to go there soon as my top list..
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Ugly Stepsister said...

Wow, Franck Duval's artwork is really cool.

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