Nuit Blanche 2021, © Anaïs Costet

For the 20th edition of Nuit blanche – yes, already twenty years – artistic director Kitty Hartl has set the bar high. Her scenography is inspired, she assures, by the Garden of Earthly Delights, by the Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch. If it is true, then the party will be a success because this triptych on wood dating from 1500 (and kept at the Prado Museum in Madrid) is both one of the most beautiful and mysterious paintings in the history of art. .

“I like this itinerant and free event that must be reinvented every year in order to take over the streets of Paris,” says the artist who imagined a route in the center of Paris, on a path going from the town hall, at the Canopée des Halles, via the Académie du climat and the Théâtre du Châtelet. This walking route lasts around 2 hours,” explains Kitty Hartl, already at the helm during the 2005 Nuit blanche.

Ecology will be at the heart of its “garden of delights 2022” which presents itself as a suspended, magical moment full of surprises. After the storm of the 2021 edition and the cancellation due to confinement the previous year – that of Covid – it is a safe bet that the Nuit Blanche will attract people this year.

Here is already a taste of it, in the form of a program.

Closed of the White Mantles

From 19 p.m. to 22 p.m., closed Blancs-Manteaux: Free and traveling concert.

Closed of the White Mantles
21 Rue des Blancs Manteaux, 75004 Paris

JNelson Mandela

From 19 p.m. to 5 p.m., Nelson Mandela garden : Monumental digital triptych – Speculum is a digital and monumental interpretation of Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Earth using 3D imagery, by the SMACK collective.

Nelson Mandela Garden
All. Jules Supervielle, 75001 Paris

TChâtelet Theater

From 19 p.m. to 2 a.m.,u Châtelet theater: burlesque show – The Cabaret New Burlesque updates the art of stripping into a discipline that is as sparkling as it is engaging. Five creatures with evocative names, “from the triptych of Hieronymus Bosch” flirt with the forbidden but with elegance.

TChâtelet Theater
2 Rue Edouard Colonne, 75001 Paris

City Hall square

From 20 p.m. to 2 a.m., on the City Hall square : monumental visual and sound installation. Ballet with visual energy, by Mariona Benedito and the Cube.BZ collective. Magnetic evocation of the Paris of yesteryear inspired bye Velvet underground and the Lumières brothers. 

City Hall square
Town hall square

MAIF Social Club

From 18 p.m. to 23:30 p.m., the MAIF Social Club proposes the Song forests, an exhibition – performance which warns of the sixth extinction. A sensitive, visual and audible journey through the heart of the woods. From the roots to the canopy, from Europe to Latin America, the exhibition invites us to “go into forests”. 

The Standing Monkey company takes us into zoomorphic and musical performances that show the cohabitation of the living through hybrid metamorphoses of mischievous monkeys, monitor lizards and ghost animals. The show Comme une meute is by Jade Duviquet and Cyril Casmèze. 

MAIF Social Club
37 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris

Victor Hugo House

The artist Valérie Sonnier draws a portrait of Victor Hugo which connects us to his lively practice of spiritualism. Because from the Place des Vosges to Hauteville House in Guernsey, the writer “frequented” ghostly apparitions.

On the program, a super 8 film made in Paris and Guernsey, photographs of ghosts, drawings of Hauteville House, a ouija board, transparent images in old frames take place in Victor Hugo's apartment. Valérie Sonnier's performance is called “Everything in infinity says something to someone.”

Victor Hugo House
6 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris

► Cognac-Jay Museum

From 19 p.m. to 23 p.m. mworn Cognacq-Jay: Lantern with a drop of water. Installation in the garden of the museum's private mansion. Francisco Tropa installs a Lantern, whose shadow play tells the flow of time.

In partnership with the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the France-Portugal Season 2022 and the support of the Jocelyn Wolff gallery. On view until October 23. 

Cognac-Jay Museum
8 Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris

Museum of Arts and Crafts

From 19 p.m. to 1 p.m. mused by Arts and Crafts: Plein Phares (installation – performance) As a preview of the Driving License exhibition,

The museum puts the spotlight on the automobile. The works question our relationship with the car, in both its usefulness and its materiality. Exhibition from October 18, 2022 to May 7, 2023. 

Museum of Arts and Crafts
60 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris

Museum of Jewish Art and History

From 20 p.m. to midnight, at the museum of art and history of Judaism: “ We will not be the last of our kind.” The video artist, Mili Pecherer, imagines a multi-screen audiovisual installation at the invitation of the Museum of Art and History of Judaism (mahJ) while the Franco-Israeli artist combines the story of the Flood with her concerns about ecology.

Museum of Jewish Art and History
Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71 Rue du Temple, 75003 Paris

Village hall of the town hall

From 19 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the village hall of the town hall : Singing and carving of macaroons. Chrystabell, singer and muse of David Lynch, reprises her Lynchian repertoire, while pastry chef Pierre Hermé creates a large sculpture of macaroons. Discover the garden covered with 15000 macarons offered by the pastry chef. Please note: only one macaron per person.

City hall
Pl. de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris

Climate Academy

From 18:30 p.m. to 23 p.m., lClimate Academy composes an evening dedicated to the festive relationships between art and ecology. On the program, shows, performances, exhibitions, debates, workshops, and other surprises. Pierre Ardouin with the designer collective Architectes Kino offers sculptures and an immersive installation: Purple Rain. A nostalgic rock ballad in purple rain, a tender thought cradled with pop references. 

Climate Academy
2 Pl. Baudoyer, 75004 Paris

Place Beaubourg

From 19 p.m. to 1 a.m.ur the Place Beaubourg: monumental moss sculpture. Stéphanie Lüning activates colors in volume by generating a thick foam which curiously comes out of the air vents of the Center Pompidou. The German artist sculpts foam in public space through her “Foam Actions”, a series of performative, ephemeral and in situ installations. Its montages of multicolored moss pour out, roll down the slope and modify the landscape.

Center Pompidou Place Georges Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris

The Canopy of Les Halles

From 20 p.m. to 2 a.m., The Canopy of the Halles: Fashion show, clubbing and participatory performance. Maud le Pladec x koché organize a guerrilla parade. Static Shot: ballet from the National Choreographic Center – CCN Ballet de Lorraine, directed by Petter Jacobsson and his 25 dancers. Body-to-body choreography by Maud Le Pladec. Not to be missed is the choreographer and dancer Mounia Nassangar, one of the leaders in France of waaking (free and joyful dance).

The Canopy of Les Halles
101 Rue Berger, 75002 Paris

Shoah Memorial

From 19 p.m. to 2 p.m. Shoah Memorial: Looks, minds (exhibition-installation). For the first time since his recent death, the Shoah Memorial pays tribute to Christian Boltanski with two powerfully evocative and moving works to discover outside and in the crypt, the beating and living heart of the Memorial. A documentary retracing the artist's life accompanies the presentation. In partnership with the Marian Goodman gallery.

Shoah Memorial
17 Rue Geoffroy l'Asnier, 75004 Paris

PVosges lake

From 20 p.m. to 0:30 a.m. On the Place des Vosges : visual and sound installation Le Jardin des Lys, by visual artist Pierre Delavie who takes up an old Parisian legend according to which the statue of Louis XIII escapes certain evenings to take a walk in the moonlight. His image appears and disappears in the trees, as if absorbed by an ancient forest. Around the King, sculptures called Les Encombres, straight out of a painting by Hieronymus Bosch.

PVosges lake
Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris

Forney Library

From 19 p.m. to 1 a.m., the Forney Library installations represent spectacular landscapes, fragmented and ephemeral as drawn in chalk on large blackboards, magnify the courtyard of the Forney Library. This is the opportunity for this nature transformed by Juliette Somnolet to come to life in the courtyard of the Hôtel de Sens which houses the Forney Library. While Jack Mc Niven explores moving shapes, landscapes and makes landscape and drawing interact. 

Forney Library
1 Rue du Figuier, 75004 Paris

Paris-Centre Town Hall

From 19 p.m. to 2 a.m. Paris-Centre Town Hall : Photography and performance. Ritualized gestures through sport which becomes sacred art.

La performative reading created by the SUZANNE group in a scenography produced in collaboration and with the photographs of the visual artist Diane Hymans. With FAIX, it is about highlighting performative, visual and discursive bodies questioning our relationship to art and sport. And if these exposed bodies are ecstatic or suffer in silence, the place that welcomes them resonates with the voices of the performers who read transcriptions from sports journalists.

Paris-Centre Town Hall
2 Rue Eugene Spuller, 75003 Paris

Garden of the National Archives

From 20 p.m. to 2 a.m., Garden of the National Archives. We plunge back into childhood with a popular holiday symbol: cotton candy and the cotton candy Dodge, similar to the mechanical sports cars of the 60s and 70s (muscle car) with the powerful 8-valve V16 engine, feeds on cotton candy like a combustible. It thus reflects American culture and aesthetics. Free distribution of cotton candy (subject to availability).

Garden of the National Archives
60 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris

Text: Katia Barillot

01.09.22

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