Showcasing the subjects of the countryside and feelings of love, the exhibition “Françoise Pétrovitch. Love. Break” furthers the museum’s ambition to extend its programme beyond the 19th century, exploring how Romanticism extends into contemporary art.
For many years, the poetry and disturbing strangeness of Françoise Pétrovitch's work have evoked popular Romantic themes. Visitors are invited to discover the artist’s unique perspective on a sentient tour of her new creations.
During their tour, visitors can discover a documentary produced by Hervé Plumet on Françoise Pétrovitch's creative work for the Musée de la Vie Romantique. The exhibition is also designed for schools and teenagers, who will discover a modern view of young people and their feelings. A participative project carried out with pupils from the Collège Marx Dormoy – a secondary school in Paris’ 18th arrondissement - and the Fonds d’Art contemporain - Paris collections is also on display as part of the tour. Visitors can download the 9 pieces of sound art created by the pupils, inspired by the artist’s work.
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- Enfant / Adolescent
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The exhibition tour
The exhibition is laid out in several parts. It starts in the Ary Scheffer artist’s studio with an introductory presentation of the artist and her original work for the Musée de la Vie Romantique.
- The lower room of the large studio immerses visitors in a panorama of 15 ink washes on paper. Echoing the Romantics’ new perspective of nature in the 19th century, Françoise Pétrovitch portrays imaginary landscapes of islands and forests, in the midst of which humans appear as silent, enigmatic figures.
- In the upper room of the large studio, large-scale paintings are displayed, some in diptych form. These depict modern characters, often adolescents, and question the bond between two beings..
- The exhibition continues in the house, where paintings, drawings and sculptures are interspersed among the 19th century pieces. The museum’s Romantic figures, such as George Sand and Pauline Viardot, thus become contemporary heroes under the paintbrush of Françoise Pétrovitch.
Finally, in the centre of the garden, the sculpture L'Ogresse challenges visitors by playing with the traditional ways of representing power and proclaiming victory for womankind.
A rich cultural programming
In addition, a rich cultural programme has been developed to support the exhibition: talks around the artist’s works given by students of the École du Louvre; meeting with the artist; a recital (music & reading) on the subject of feelings of love; choreographic performances, and a series of concerts by the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional (City Conservatory of Paris), which has extended its repertoire to musical creations of the 20th and 21st centuries for the occasion. A detailed programme is available on the museum’s website musée de la Vie romantique.
The exhibition catalogue
The exhibition catalogue, edited by Gaëlle Rio, the Museum Director, reproduces all the artist's original works and continues the dialogue between Françoise Pétrovitch's creations and the Musée de la Vie Romantique, through a rich corpus of images, an extensive interview, and a number of essays.
Gaëlle Rio, Director of the Musée de la Vie Romantique
Françoise Pétrovitch, Artistic Director
Élodie Kuhn, Museum Deputy Director
Françoise Pétrovitch Tenir, 2022, lavis d'encre sur papier, 160 × 120 cm © A. Mole, Courtesy Semiose, Paris © Adagp, Paris, 2022
Françoise Pétrovitch dans son atelier à Verneuil. Photo Hervé Plumet, © Adapg, Paris, 2023
Françoise Pétrovitch, Sans titre, 2022, huile sur toile, diptyque, 240 x 160 cm © A. Mole, Courtesy Semiose, Paris © Adagp, Paris, 2023
George Sand par Françoise Pétrovitch au musée de la Vie romantique © Photo Hervé Plumet © Adagp, Paris, 2023