Revoir Paris is the latest album by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters that is published in two parts. Part one was published on November 5th, 2014 1) 2). The second part was published on October 26, 2016.
According to François Schuiten “It will be a tribute to those that have marked the history of this city. But the end will be very futuristic…” 3).
Publisher Casterman announced the first album as “In the context of a new exhibition at « La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine » in Paris, Schuiten & Peeters give us an overview of the architectural history of the French capital through the lives of futuristic characters in a science-fiction universe.” 4) and the second album as “Schuiten & Peeters give us an overview of the architectural history of the French capital through the lives of futuristic characters in a science-fiction universe.” 5).
The album has two volumes, with a total of about 110 pages. The first volume has 64 pages 6). The first volume of the album was published a few weeks before the start of the Revoir Paris exhibition in La Cité de l'Architecture & du Patrimoine in Paris that opened at November 20, 2014. The second volume was released on October 26, 2016 and is titled: Revoir Paris, la nuit des constellations.
February 2156. Kârinh was born in the Ark, a space colony established by a group of former Earthlings who cut all ties with their home planet. The girl has always dreamed of this Earth that she has never seen it. Especially Paris, a city she discovered in books that miraculously were preserved. It is therefore that she immediately agreed to lead the Tube, a ship en route to Earth, carrying a dozen bodies in hibernation. But increasingly frequent, Kârinh immerses in her fantasies of the city. Will they hinder the realization of her mission? And most importantly, once bound, will the City of Light of the XXII century meet her visions? 7)
|2014||Revoir Paris (Tome 1)||French||Casterman||64||HC||9782203043275|
|2014||Parijs Zien… (Deel 1)||Dutch||Casterman||64||HC||9789030370499|
|2015||Volver a París||Spanish||Norma Editorial||64||HC||9788467919820|
|2015||Nach Paris (Teil 1)||German||Schreiber & Leser||64||HC||9783943808766|
|2015||Rivedere Parigi (N° 1)||Italian||Alessandro Editore||64||HC||9788882853730|
|2016||Revoir Paris T2, la Nuit des Constellations||French||Casterman||64||HC||9782203097261|
|2016||Parijs Zien…, de nacht van de vallende sterren||Dutch||Casterman||64||HC||9789030371908|
|2016||Volver a París 2||Spanish||Norma Editorial||56||HC||N/A||Not yet published|
|2017||Nach Paris 2, Sternennacht||German||Schreiber & Leser||64||HC||9783946337171|
|2016||Rivedere Parigi, la Notte della Costellazioni||Italian||Alessandro Editore||56||HC||9788882853822||Announced for November 2016|
|2017||Revoir Paris (Special edition, Tome 1+2)||French||Casterman||N/A||HC||N/A||Not yet published|
|2017||Revoir Paris (Special edition, Volume 1+2)||English||Stephen Smith||N/A||HC||N/A||Not yet published|
The second and final part of Revoir Paris was published on October 26, 2016. This album was projected for an earlier release but for some time there has not been much progress due to the many activities François Schuiten had to do around Train World.
The second album has 56 pages and it is a hard cover edition (240x320cm) like the first album. The foreign rights are sold for German, Italian and Spanish editions, besides the French and Dutch edition. 8).
The ending of the second album was changed by Schuiten and Peeters after Peeters lost his home due to an explosion in his apartment complex in April 2016: “Je vais modifier la fin de l’histoire du deuxième tome de Revoir Paris que je fais en ce moment avec François Schuiten. Je vais intégrer la destruction de cet immeuble dans les dernières pages.” 9)
Also Casterman published a few pages:
Machines à dessiner is a new exhibition by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters that was held from October 25, 2016 to February 26, 2017 in Musée des Arts et Métiers (Paris). This exhibition also marked the release of the second volume of Revoir Paris.
In December 2015 Benoît Peeters posted an image of François Schuiten working on the album.
Early July 2015 Francois Schuiten had an interview with Belgium AZ-ZA about the progress of the album.
During the interview you can get the first glimpses of the new album.
and the first page of the album:
François Schuiten made his first sketch of the frontpage even before he started with the first pages.
In Le Parisien Magazine of August 1st, 2014 an interview with Schuiten and Peeters was published. Besides the interview, Le Parisien Magazine published four pages of Revoir Paris.
Casterman published some other pages:
At least 22 pages of Revoir Paris were part of the exhibition with the same name in La Cité de l'Architecture & du Patrimoine in Paris. It opened at November 20, 2014. It gave a view on the architectural history of Paris seen through the prism of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters. The exhibition was held until March 9, 2015.
Casterman released a press dossier to introduce the new album by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters. Both authors answer question about the album, the exhibition and the donation of original artwork.
You can download the dossier: Press dossier Revoir Paris
Also a press dossier for the second album was released.
Also a Dutch translation is published as “Parijs Zien”.
With the Revoir Paris exposition also a catalog of the exposition is published. At the same time “IMAGES – François Schuiten” is published. It is a large sized book, with only illustrations realised by François.