The Musée Eugène Delacroix, home and studio to a great painter and writer, is collaborating for the first time with the Printemps des Poètes.
Delacroix, lake of blood haunted by bad angels,
Shaded by a wood of fir-trees, ever green,
Where, under a gloomy sky, strange fanfares
Pass, like a stifled sigh from Weber
Charles Baudelaire, The Beacons
From March 7th to March 22nd, the Musée Eugène Delacroix is participating to the Printemps des Poètes, highlighting the importance of the painter’s literary creation, his close connection to poets of his time, as well as the strong reverence contemporary poets still show towards him today.
During the two weeks of the Printemps des Poètes, poetic labels, chosen by students attending the Masters in Public Affairs at Sciences Po, will be added to selected works from the museum’s collection.
As befits the studio of this great painter, a poetry lover and Baudelaire’s favorite artist, each day visitors will be encouraged to contribute to a “cadavre exquis” by composing a poem with their fellow visitors. This poem will be assembled from poetic excerpts that will be offered for selection. The final poems will be posted every evening on the museum’s Facebook page and on this site.
Two evenings will be scheduled around the theme of the event, “poetic insurrection”, on March 20th and 21st at 6.30 pm at the museum. Organized in collaboration with the 6B, they will showcase the correspondence between arts, poetry, painting and music and highlight the dynamism of Delacroix’s creative spirit in the 21st century.
Reservations and information can be made and obtained at the Musée Eugène Delacroix or by phone: 01 44 41 86 50, from 11am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The entrance to the evenings will be free with the museum’s entrance fee.
The museum will exceptionally be open until 9.30 pm on March 20th and 21st 2015.