A rustic tale!

14 December 2017 - 6.30 PM to 8.00 PM


Within the framework of La Vie simple – Simplement la vie / Songs of Alienation, art historians Charlotte Cosson and Emmanuelle Luciani will examine visions and fantasies of rusticity and peasant life.

Starting with the art of the French Revolution and of socialism as preached by Proudhon and Leroux, they will dissect the close links between Paris and the provinces from political and social points of view. Through the works of Van Gogh, santon figurines, the Macchiaioli movement and the Provençal School, they will trace the successive representations of a social class in the process of vanishing – and whose disappearance can be sensed in its awareness of the advent of the era of the machine and progress.


Charlotte Cosson and Emmanuelle Luciani are exhibition curators and art historians. Most recently, they organized COOL – As a State of Mind at MAMO (Marseille), From Transhuman to South Perspectives at Rowing (London) and Pré-capital, formes rustiques et populaires dans l’art contemporain at Panacée (Montpellier) with Nicolas Bourriaud.

They are editors-in-chief of CODE South Way magazine, devoted to emerging art.

2014-12-26 01.09.39The Fondation offers Art History lectures. These are held in French.

Different speakers examine the concept of “the simple life” from a particular angle. Whether in the lecture room or the galleries of the exhibition, their variously historical, philosophical and sociological analyses offer a cross-disciplinary approach to art.


Download the programme of the activities from October 2017 to March 2018



: Thursdays nights from 6.30pm to 8pm


: Free for students, 10€ two lectures, 30€ all the lectures


: Limited to 45 persons



Thursday 12 & 19 October 2017 / Pierre Parlant

Thursdays 7 & 14 December 2017 / Emmanuelle Luciani & Charlotte Cosson : A rustic tale!

Thursdays 25 January & 1st February 2018 / David Brunel : Of the heart of things — Sculpt your own statue

Thursdays 15 & 22 March 2018 / Manuel Fadat : Art is/and life




Booking required, either by phone on +33 (0)4 90 93 49 36

or by email to reservation@fvvga.org