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Jean-Philippe Toussaint Decorative

Jean-Philippe Toussaint & Co (Ange Leccia et Anna Toussaint) invest the rooms of the madd-bordeaux

from 19.06.2019
to 21.10.2019

An exhibition presented as part of the Bordeaux 2019 Liberty! cultural season

Why and how to show the work of a writer in a museum?

The project stems first of all from the circumstances: the international conference "Lire, voir, penser l'œuvre de Jean-Philippe Toussaint" organized in Bordeaux by Le Belvédère littéraire francophone de la Nouvelle Aquitaine from June 18 to 21, 2019. Therefore, the idea of ​​hosting in parallel the author of La Salle de bain, L’Appareilphoto, La Télévision in the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design is obvious.
If, in a museum, we get to see objects, it is important for us today to make room for words. The words of Jean-Philippe Toussaint and his sentences, whose construction is very close to the creative process in design, or any other form of art.

The artist Ange Leccia joins Jean-Philippe Toussaint to create images and film editing that accompany the various excerpts from novels - Faire l’amourFuir, La Vérité sur Marie - read by the author.
Anna Toussaint, graphic designer and typographer, imagines installations to read extracts from the novel La Télévision.

La Chaise, unpublished text written by Jean-Philippe Toussaint for the exhibition, is on sale exclusively at the madd-bordeaux.

Jean-Philippe Toussaint 
Jean-Philippe Toussaint was born in Brussels in 1957. He is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. His first novel, La Salle de bain, was published in 1985 by Éditions de Minuit. He is the author of fifteen books, all published by Éditions de Minuit. He won the Medicis Prize in 2005 for Fuir and the December prize in 2009 for La Vérité sur Marie. His novels are translated into more than twenty languages. He directed four feature films for the cinema, including La Patinoire in 1999, and presented photo exhibitions around the world. His personal website is a creative site, which hosts drafts of his books and presents interactive literary projects. In 2012, he presented the exhibition LIVRE/LOUVRE at the Louvre Museum, an exhibition that combines photographs, videos and installations to "evoke the book without going through the written word".

View of the exhibition - Salon de Gascq
Image from "Nue", novel by Jean-Philippe Toussaint published in 2013 (Editions Minuit), read by the author.
Images from the vidéo " The Honey Dress" by Jean-Philippe Toussaint (2015) revisited by Ange Leccia for the exhibition
Released on a Samsung TV, designed by Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec
 - madd-bordeaux

Opening: Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 8 pm

Information: Opening hours, prices, guided tour


La Chaise, 2019
Texte inédit écrit par Jean-Philippe Toussaint pour l’exposition
En vente exclusivement au musée

Ange Leccia
Born in 1952, Ange Leccia is a visual artist. He lives and works today between Paris and Corsica, where he comes from. After studying plastic art, he engages in video, photographic and cinematographic creation. A resident of Villa Medici in Rome, he was also a resident of Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto. His work is exhibited in several prestigious museums, including the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Skulptur Projekte in Münster, the Venice Biennale and Hiroshima Art Document. His works have integrated the most important international collections. Various monographic exhibitions were dedicated to him, at the MAC VAL (Museum of Contemporary Art of Val de Marne) in 2013, at the Palais de Tokyo in 2014, at the HAB gallery in Nantes in the summer of 2016, and at the Akureyri Art Museum in Iceland, in 2019. In 2017, the National Gallery in Reykjavik dedicates a retrospective exhibition, followed by the Maison Salvan in Labège, in 2018 and by the Arts Center of Enghien-les-Bains in 2019. He is represented by the Jousse Entreprise gallery.

Anna Toussaint
Anna Toussaint (1993) is a Franco-Belgian graphic designer. She obtained her diploma of typography at La Cambre, National School of Visual Arts in Brussels (2014) and the Master Art Direction (MAAD) at ECAL, Cantonal School of Art in Lausanne, Switzerland (2017). She began her career as assistant artistic director at the Japanese company Uniqlo U in Paris (2017) and as a graphic designer in the design studio OK-RM in London (2018). She now works as an independent graphic designer in Paris and collaborates with various publishing houses, the Éditions de Minuit, Impressions Nouvelles, Éditions Xavier Barral, the online magazine AOC or Galerie Cinema.

Constance Rubini, director of the madd-bordeaux

Images and film editing
Ange Leccia

Graphic design
Anna Toussaint


The museum wants to thank

Château Haut-Bailly,
mécène d’honneur

Ligne Roset

Les Amis et le Cercle du madd
Le Chapon Fin
Château Nairac
Les Crus Bourgeois du Médoc
Les Galeries Lafayette
La société de négoce DIVA

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