Paris, France — The sun sets over the medieval Crest Tower, one of the tallest keeps in Europe, in the Drome region, apple orchards in the far northern reaches of France, splendid Gothic cathedrals, tiny town centres, and a watercress farm, these are all scenes from the architecture, heritage and know-how of France. Some 81 photographs of regions spanning the entire country and its outlying departments are on show on the gates surrounding the Luxembourg Garden which in turn houses the French Senate, the upper house of the French Parliament and which regularly hosts exhibitions on its grounds and gates.
« Our heritage is a legacy that we have in common that we must bring to life. For us now and for the generations of the future, » commented Gérard Larcher, the President of the French Senate (the equivalent of the Speaker of the House in the United States).
The show is being presented by the Senate and the association France. Patrimoines & Territories d’Exception (France, Exceptional Heritage and Territories) a consortium of seven organizations which work to protect and promote the fabulous cultural wealth of France, often to lesser known places. The exhibition offers a complex and beautiful panorama of art, architecture, gastronomy and high end craft. Visitors can discover the precision gestures of a glove maker in the town of Millau, a magnificent morning mist upon the Vézère River Valley in the scenic region of Dordogne, a lighthouse on cliffs overlooking the sea in Brittany, the precious lace of Caudry. The exhibition plunges the visitor into a France that is rarely seen, offering images of faraway places but that are all connected, all rooted together in the mosaic that is France. It also offers a means to discover little known regions of France, the roads less travelled by and which can inspire a visit.
« The idea was to show the diversity of the heritage, to offer a real journey into France, to show territories that are not well known, » said Florence Guionneau-Joie, the curator of the exhibition, « There are the watercress fields, an ancestral art, the little bulls of the Camargue which are essential to the landscape. » She added that is was challenging to have chromatic unity incorporated into the show.
The QR code on the bottom of each photograph can be scanned and the visitor can then access podcasts — in French or English — on the social listening platforms and as well on You Tube and the website of the exhibition.
The show is on the gates until July 3rd
Jardin du Luxembourg
Rue de Médicis
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
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