Compte rendu - AFTV Cultural PL: Paris comes to Bendigo! It’s in the BAG!

Posted 3 Mar

Paris Comes to Bendigo: Paris - Impressions of Life 1880 - 1925

23 AFTV Members and Guests had an early start to arrive in Bendigo for our 3 part excursion- an introductory lecture at the Latrobe Art Institute delivered by Delphine Laboreau-Ormancey, (Tête-à-Tête), On View café's French themed lunch and then of course the exhibition itself. Delphine took us on a journey through the exhibition with accompanying slides to explain the story and development of Paris during La Belle Époque (and a bit beyond) via the 7 themed rooms which enabled and enhanced a smooth and informed visit for all.

Once entering the exhibition we were able to identify each room, starting with the huge map where many of us spent time identifying places we knew well, then progressing through bustling marketplaces, Parisian Gardens, the Seine where both leisure and industrial development were depicted as well as the first bridge, Le Pont des Arts; other rooms were devoted to the Universal Exhibition, the Eiffel Tower, the bohemian life of Montmartre, the Champs Elysées and the Musée Carnavalet, the source of the wealth of material for this exhibition.

Many of the paintings, particularly those of the Impressionist painter, Jean Béraud, whose depiction of the entry to the Universal Exhibition 1889 was chosen for the BAG's publicity poster, displayed so many aspects of the growth of Paris during this period. Other significant artworks such as shop signs and paintings by Maurice Utrillo and Paul Signac as well as prints and posters by Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries reinforced the story. The clothing and accessories also prompted us to stop to learn more of this period.

An enjoyable, enriching and informative experience.  Vaut la visite!

 

Participant feedback

  • It was great! Bendigo Gallery is a great gallery, with so much to offer. However, the Café service was very poor with no water on the tables and service was so slow. What a disappointment. The exhibition was superb.
  • I love the fact that the AFTV looks to provide this kind of cultural experience for French teachers. Yes, I know that you're supposed to be providing professional development for teachers (great work on providing PL for VCE teachers!!), but it's been wonderful to have the opportunity to go to the NGV, the LUME and this gallery for an experience which reminds you about why you love teaching French.
  • It was well worth going all the way to Bendigo. It was a well-presented exhibition with Interesting and original artworks, for those who have never been to the Musee Carnavalet in Paris.
  • A thoroughly enjoyable day out 'à la campagne'. From the informative introductory lecture in French, to the delicious French style lunch shared with friends new and old, and culminating in the viewing of the beautiful Impressionist exhibition, what better way to spend a lazy Sunday?


Gretchen Bennett,
Convenor of Cultural/PL Events

With special thanks for subcommittee members Claire Cowan who introduced Delphine and Veronica Deren who thanked Delphine for her clear and succinct introduction to the exhibition.

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