“Mondes (im)parfaits and Les Cités obscures of Schuiten and Peeters” is a major exhibition reflecting on the relationships between utopias and dystopias. To this end, the Maison d’Ailleurs in Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland), has conceived an ambitious project that combines the works of Schuiten and Peeters – exhibited for the first time in a Swiss museum – with the works of the Swiss artists Sébastien Mettraux, Louis Loup Collet and Thomas Crausaz, as well as multimedia devices created by the HEIG-VD. The museum’s historical collection will shed more light and offer a fascinating historical perspective
Many original pages of Les Cités Obscures stories will be on display, together with a monumental digital creation by Sébastien Mettraux, the works of young Vaud artist Louis Loup Collet and the Valaisan artist Thomas Crausaz, as well as the cinemagrams of the HEIG-VD (University of Engineering and Management of the Canton of Vaud).
Since the end of October 2019, the people of museum Maison d’Ailleurs had to break down “L'expo dont vous êtes le héros” and build the Mondes (im)parfaits exhibition. During activities Maison d’Ailleurs posted several images.
On November 13, 2019 Maison d’Ailleurs held a press meeting with all the artists (only Thomas Crausaz could not attend) whose work is on display during the exhibition.
Swiss RTS had an interview with Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten 1)
RTS Radio discussed with François Schuiten and Marc Atallah, director of the Maison d'Ailleurs in Yverdon-les-Bains, how the scientific discovery of 3 “potentially habitable” exoplanets feed our imagination, but also fiction. 2)
The opening of the exhibition will be on Saturday November 16, 2019. The museum has organized an extensive program around the opening. Open to all and free of charge, this event gives the opportunity to preview the exhibition and to take part in all the activities for that special evening.
With the exhibition a book will be published by Les Impressions Nouvelles in corporation with Maison d’Ailleurs. The book will have 128 pages (24 x 32 cm) and 166 illustrations. It is not just a catalog of the exhibition but it is more an extention to the exhibition.
The book has an essay by François Rosset (University of Lausanne) on utopia and a study on dystopia by Marc Atallah (director of the Museum and also Professor at Lausanne).
The third part is a long interview with François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters who give their reflection on their own work and their ideas on utopia and dystopia, more particularly on the way in which the Obscure Cities help question social, artistic, philosophical and human aspects of an imagined but highly recognizable world.
The book is available in bookstores from November 7, 2019.
Also a super limited edition portfolio (limited to 12 copies) will be available as of November 16, 2019. The portfolio will hold the poster of the exhibition plus six preliminary steps and a certificate, all in digigraphy and bundled in a luxurious box.
François Schuiten shared the making of the announcement poster with the publication of the poster in several steps.