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Edward Hopper (American, 1882 - 1967 ), Ground Swell, 1939, oil on canvas, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, William A. Clark Fund) 2014.79.23

Edward Hopper (American, 1882 – 1967 ), Ground Swell, 1939, oil on canvas, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, William A. Clark Fund) 2014.79.23

The 7th edition of the Art History Festival will take in Fontainbleau, France from June 2 to 4, 2017.  This Festival’s theme is Nature with guest country the USA and guest of honor artist Jeff Koons.

The Art History Festival gathers worldwide art history specialists and the interest public and is completely free of charge. This three day festival offers lectures, discussions, concerts, exhibitions, screenings, and art history tours.   In 2016, the event welcomed more than 27,000 visitors.  With more than 300 events, and is structured around three main themes: the annual theme, the guest country and the Forum de l’actualité (forum on current events in the world of art history).

Nature, the Festival’s theme this year, invites fair-goers to explore three perspectives through a historic lens : nature vs. order, staged nature, and natural environments.

The USA, the guest country this fair, will present its research, teaching methods, museum politics and its heritage management ideas at the fair and compare and contrast those with French approaches. Lectures on American Art, portraits of American artists and collectors, will be the focus of a series lectures called “Lunch with a genius.”

Forums and panels will present museum and exhibitions current themes, art history research and teaching, patrimonial concerns, and other hot topics within the current field. A string of lectures will be particularly dedicated to the art market.

The art history Festival welcomes:
• The art magazine and book fair, which presents a panorama of art books publishing.
• The Cinema section “Art & Camera”, which will present a whole section devoted to American film makers as Frederick Wiseman, a documentary film about Land Art artistic works, Terrence Malik and John Ford’s movies dealing with nature as an icon.
• The Spring University dedicated to art teaching in school and held in partnership with the Ministry of National Education and Higher Education and Research. This year’s theme is “the body between nature and culture.”

The Art History Festival also hosts families and young public oriented activities that include:
• Guided tours and workshop;
• Concerts and dance performances;
• Emily Dickinson’s readings by actors from the Comédie Française;
• An artistic and cultural education project, a result of a yearlong process that involved 15 classrooms from first-grade class to tenth-grade class.
The festival organisation is carried out under the leadership of a steering committee that gathers the patrimonial executive management of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the National Institute of art history and Fontainebleau castle. A scientific committee chaired by Pierre Rosenberg and conducted by Annick Lemoine, Scientific Director of the Festival, operates the programme.

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About the author: Bill Indursky
Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.
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