Collective Exhibition
From June 25th to September 18th 2011

A word from the Exhibition Curators

In 1955, Charles Trenet sang about happiness, love and nonchalance driving along the Nationale 7: “Of all the roads in France, Europe/The one I love the most is the one that leads/By car or by hitchhiking/Towards the riverbanks of the Midi/Nationale Sept/You have to take it when going to Rome or Sète/Whether there are two three four five six or seven people/It’s just the best road around”.

In 1989, the Négresses Vertes surprised everyone with: “Here’s the summer, I can see the sun/The clouds go away and the sky clears up/And in my head there’s a buzzing/The bees/I can hear life’s pleasures roaring/Here’s the summer/The clouds go away and the sky clears up/It’s the fresh happiness of a cocktail/The girls are pretty and the gods are in heaven/Here’s the summer/Finally the summer/Always the summer/Still the summer”

Fun, holidays and free time… 
Motorway, crowd and sea… 
Lunch on the grass, sand-castles and Tour de France… 
Storm, suitcase and visa(s)…

Designed as a decidedly special trip, “Itinéraire Bis” is a summer exhibit using MAC/VAL collection works, a series of different “paintings”, like a wall of postcards.

Between the Bal chez Gégène (Robert Doisneau) and the sand-castles (Philippe Cognée), from the banks of the Marne (Jacques Faujour) to the banks of the Loire (Olivier Debré), holidays are synonymous with escape, freedom, meditation, rest, and having fun doing nothing! Watching the Tour de France ride by or take a trip to Cuba (Bernard Rancillac), cutting up the Mona Lisa (Roman Cieslewicz) or meandering around the markets (Jean Helion), lounging around in the sun on the Brooklyn bridge or dance the Paso Dobleu (Gilles Bec), look really closely at the world (Philippe Ramette) or contemplate Venice (Thierry Kuntzel)…

Despite all the good points, there are bad ones too – speed limitations (Peter Klasen) to necessary visas (Barthélémy Toguo), the trip can become a complicated business. Whether the trip is mental (Dominique Petitgand) or illusionary (De Broin), whether it be tragic (Pierre Ardouvin) or whether the search for adventure downright fails (Tixador et Poincheval), there are always numerous alternatives. The unpredictable storms.
And never forget, as Françoise Pétrovitch says that “holiday photos of other people don’t interest anyone”.

Frank Lamy 
Julien Blanpied 
Commissioners of the Exhibit “Itinéraire Bis”