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Valley situations

Léa Bismuth & Nicolas Boulard

> 26 September 2021

Artistic curator : Anne-Laure Chamboissier


Read this exhibition like an open book whose pages, chapters and paragraphs take your mind and body on an adventure. Using the Théorie de la démarche (an essay in which Balzac analyses the many forms movement can take in a body) as their starting point, Léa Bismuth (author) and Nicolas Boulard (artist) have completed Balzac's walk from Tours to Saché and turned the action into a sound installation in the château's barn: the two protagonists converse, comment on the spaces they walk through, discuss art and literature all fuelled by spontaneity. The second part of the exhibition happens in the museum with a reading project punctuated by publications and clues (installation, photographs, text and sculpture) taken from the surrounding valleys. Balzac's little-known texts such as Sarrasine and Séraphîta are given special attention. It explores distortion and is all about transforming vision: changing your attitude to everyday life, how you see an abandoned tree or rainfall becomes a conceptual activity that shakes up expectations and straight lines.


Price: museum entry fee.


Sunday September 26th 2021

Léa BISMUTH, author, et Nicolas BOULARD, artist

From Théorie de la Démarche to SarrasineDifferent perspectives of Balzac's work as part of an artist residency. 

Conference related to the publication of Situations de vallées (Edition de Dés, 2020) by Léa Bismuth & Nicolas Boulard in partnership with the exhibition of the same name at the Musée Balzac from March 13th to September 26th 2021.

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