Le paysage dans l’art moderne et contemporain by Michel COLLOT – Château de Bénouville

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Le paysage dans l’art moderne et contemporain by Michel COLLOT – Château de Bénouville

Landscape in modern and contemporary art

By rejecting the illusion of mimesis, modern art has often called landscape into question. Yet it has not for as much disappeared, and has even gained considerable favour in contemporary art, in other forms than those it had embraced since the Renaissance period. Landscape can be present in a work without necessarily being represented. We are currently seeing the emergence of a new landscape art of which Michel Collot will approach the key characteristics and a few examples taken from painted art, photography and from new modes of landscaping expression (cinema, video, installations, Land Art, gardens…). The event will be an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and the stakes of landscaping for contemporary culture and society.

Michel Collot

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Michel Collot, a member of the University Institute of France, is an emeritus professor of French literature at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3. He has published a number of essays on landscape and poetry:  L’Horizon fabuleux and Paysage et poésie published by Corti (1988 et 2005), La Poésie moderne et la structure d’horizon and La Matière-émotion by the PUF University Press (1989 and 1997), Le Corps cosmos by La Lettre volée (2008). He has also organised several interdisciplinary seminars on landscape: Les Enjeux du paysage, Le Paysage état des lieux, Paysage et modernité(s) (Proceedings published by Ousia in 1997, 2001 and 2007), Paysages européens et mondialisation (Champ Vallon, 2012), and offered a synthesis of research in La Pensée-paysage (Actes Sud/ENSP, 2011).

Further reading :
Paysages européens et mondialisation, Champ Vallon, 2012
La Pensée-paysage, Actes Sud/ENSP, 2011