Exhibition | Le Roi est Mort!

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on September 3, 2015

As reported by the AFP:

versailles-2To mark the 300th anniversary of the Sun King’s death on Tuesday, the Palace of Versailles turned to modern-day town crier Twitter to relay his slow and agonising demise from gangrene. “Breaking News. Louis XIV passed away,” the palace said from its account @CVersailles at 0615 GMT (8:15am) on Tuesday, after livetweeting the king’s illness as if it were taking place today.

The hashtag #leroiestmort (“the king is dead” in English) was rolled out to mark the anniversary of his death at 76 years old on September 1, 1715. With 72 years on the throne, king Louis XIV was the longest-reigning monarch in European history, overseeing a period of glory in France in which he built the glittering palace west of Paris. . . .

The tweets will continue up to his funeral (the schedule is available here), all as a perfect build-up to the exhibition at Versailles, which opens next month:

The King Is Dead!
Châteaux de Versailles, 27 October 2015 — 21 February 2016

Curated by Béatrix Saule, Hélène Delalex, and Gérard Sabatier
Scenography by Pier Luigi Pizzi

The death of the king, both as a man and an institution, was a key moment in the construction of the public perception of the monarchy, combining religion (the death of a Christian) and politics (the death and resurrection of the king, who never dies). From his final death throes to the burial it resembled a performance, a great Baroque show of huge significance to courtly society, which was affected more than ever by it.

roiest10The exhibition—the first on the subject—will look back on the details of the death, autopsy and funeral of Louis XIV, which strangely are little known, and to situate them in the funeral context of European sovereigns from the Renaissance period to the Enlightenment. It also discusses the survival—often paradoxical—of this ritual from the French Revolution to the contemporary era.

The exhibition will bring together works of art and historical documents of major importance from the largest French and foreign collections, including ceremonial portraits, funeral statues and effigies, gravestones, the manuscript for the account of the autopsy of the king, coins from the Saint-Denis Treasury, gold medals, emblems and ornaments, and furniture of funeral liturgy. Some of the pieces on display have never been exhibited in public.

Exhibiting these masterpieces has required grand scenography effects. Scenographer Pier Luigi Pizzi was asked by Béatrix Saule, the exhibition’s Head Curator, to design the layout for this great Baroque show. Across the nine sections, visitors will discover a veritable funeral opera conducted by the artist.

The subject of the exhibition will not fail to surprise, and is scientifically rigorous. It is based on an international research program on royal ceremonies in European Courts, undertaken over the course of three years at the Palace of Versailles Research Centre under the leadership of Professors Gérard Sabatier and Mark Hengerer and with the participation of a team representing a range of disciplines, from coroners to liturgists, from medieval to contemporary historians.

Curated by Béatrix Saule, Director and Head Curator of the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, assisted by Hélène Delalex Conservation Officer at the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, and Gérard Sabatier, Emeritus Professor. Scenography by Pier Luigi Pizzi.

Additional information is available at the exhibition website.

Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grants

Posted in opportunities by Editor on September 3, 2015

Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grants
Letters of inquiry due by 21 September 2015

In 2014, the Terra Foundation for American Art awarded the College Art Association (CAA) a major, three-year grant to administer an annual program to support book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art. This program, now in its second year, makes funds available to US and non-US publishers through the Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant.

Awards of up to $15,000 will be given for books that examine American art in an international context, increase awareness of American art internationally through publication outside the United States, allow wider audiences to access important texts through translation, and/or result from international collaboration. The program also will support the creation of an international network of American art scholars by providing two non-US authors whose books are funded through the grant program with travel stipends and complimentary registration to attend CAA’s annual conference.

Grant guidelines, detailed eligibility requirements, and application instructions are available on the CAA website. Letters of inquiry should be submitted to CAA by September 21, 2015. Applicants whose projects fall within the guidelines and successfully fulfill the mission of the grant program will be invited to submit full applications, due November 9, 2015. The first round of award winners will be announced in March 2016.

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