“Élisée is Élisée Reclus, the libertarian geograph, the visionary writer, the traveling anarchist, the communal pedagogue. He wrote all his life in the singular to talk about the other, about all the others, about the universal. His life was written by walking, travelling a lot, nurturing many friendships around the world, with scientists and poets alike. It was rich, dense, filled with images and notes, maps and books, diffuse and concentrated thoughts. Nature plays a major role in it, because that’s where it all starts. By observing it carefully and intuitively, the author began to study it and so all those who inhabit it and model it. In her work, she appears as a living and social reality, a deeply original vision at the end of the 19th century.
The exhibition Elisée, une biographie, aims to reconstitute a concentrated landscape, reconciling the absolute and the fragment. The floor, walls, ceiling are invested. The visitor is surrounded, everywhere by flowers, sky, mountains, streams, trees. They are drawn, painted, serigraphied, printed. Ceramic, cork and felt seats resulting from a collaboration with the designer Romain Guillet, mark the path as many potential spaces and rest times. The visitor is free to stop, to observe the landscape that presents itself to him, but also to read or dream of anything else. […] This imagination, which acts at the heart of any artistic experience, is more than ever called upon here. It connects, it brings together what is separated. Élisée, une biographie, is one of these moving worlds, its abundance introduces an inexhaustible freedom of connections.”
Solenn Morel, curator of the exhibition