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Highlights of the month

pourquoi philosopher
Pourquoi philosopher ?
Jean-François Lyotard
PUF, 2012

The philosopher Jean-François Lyotard, a prominent critic of postmodernism and an important figure in French thought, taught at the Sorbonne from 1959 to 1967. From October to December 1964, Lyotard gave his first-year students an introductory course in philosophy based around the question: Why philosophize? Never previously published, the course is built around four lectures on the following themes: Why want?; The origins of philosophy; On the language of philosophy; On philosophy and action.

ISBN : 978-2-13-059510-6
Price : 10.00 €
Journal particulier
Paul Léautaud
Mercure de France, 2012

Written in 1935, Paul Léautaud's personal diary has never been published before now. In it, Léautaud speaks of his sex life and recounts the most intimate details of his relationship with Marie Dormoy. Even though the author spoke ill of Dormoy (her lifestyle, her body...) on many occasions contained within this journal, she ignored his tactlessness and diligently typed-up the «naughtiness» of which she was so often the subject. These episodes show up a man in the grip of crazy love; his jealousy, his boorishness, how he was disoriented by passion and how he was often simply horrible.

ISBN : 978-2-7152-3277-8
Price : 22.50 €
Dans la lumi�re (Mascart)
Dans la lumière
un autre regard sur la Nouvelle-Cal�donie des ann�es 1930
dir. Gilbert Bladini�res
ADCK-Centre culturel Tjibaou , 2012

A painter of the Rouen School, Paul Mascart was based in Nouméa from 1929 to 1935. He set out to capture the Kanak spirit and to represent the sumptuous landscapes of the archipelago. This “island of light” was a tremendous aesthetic discovery due to its vivid colours and clear skies. His son, Roland, turned out to be equally seduced by New Caledonian culture. Inspired by the Fauves, these canvasses (painted from life) bear witness to the flamboyancy of nature. The artists are remembered for their paintings that depict the unique light in New Caledonia.

ISBN : 978-2-909407-71-5
Price : 56.00 €
Bretagne-Japon 2012
un archipel d'expositions, 12 mus�es
[Mus�es de Bretagne]
Editions Palantines, 2012

Throughout 2012, a dozen Breton museums are running a series of exhibitions on the historical and cultural links between Japan and Brittany. This event covers previously unexplored ground and shows in great depth the extent of the influence of Japanese culture on numerous artists such as Henri Rivière, Monet and Rodin. This invitation to discover and share a passion for Japonism brings together nearly 800 very diverse works, including paintings, engravings, prints, kimonos, masks and porcelains.

ISBN : 978-2-35678-062-1
Price : 29.00 €
Rousseau et la Révolution
dir. Bruno Bernardi
Gallimard, 2012

In the year of the 300th anniversary of Rousseau's birth, the National Assembly pays tribute to the emblematic philosopher of the Enlightenment. Considered one of the first revolutionary writers, Rousseau laid the foundations for the ideals of republicanism and citizenship. Thanks to an exceptional collection of manuscripts (Emile, Julie, or the New Heloise and the Dialogues), the exhibition examines the influence of Rousseau's philosophy on the French Revolution and in the construction of modern democracy.

ISBN : 978-2-07-013656-8
Price : 40.00 €
Eugène Atget
Eugène Atget
 d. Frits Gierstberg
Gallimard, 2012

A famous photographer of old Paris, Eugène Atget is considered the forerunner of documentary photography. For this retrospective exhibition, the Carnavalet Museum has assembled an impressive collection of his negatives, some never previously developed. The 230 prints (from between 1898 and 1927) on display show an atypical portrait of Belle Époque Paris. Although Atget saw his output as mere source material for artists, Robert Desnos perceived in these photographs a link between Henri Rousseau and surrealism.

ISBN : 978-2-07-013516-5
Price : 45.00 €
V. Horta
Victor Horta
1861-1947 : l'homme, l'architecte, l'art nouveau
Mich�le Goslar
Fonds Mercator, 2012

This biography retraces the career of the Belgian architect Victor Horta. Considered a forerunner of the Art Nouveau movement after the construction of the Hôtel Tassel, Horta soon became renowned among the rich bourgeois. An icon of modernity and always seeking innovation, he changed his style to Art Deco with his design for the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. This richly-illustrated book pays tribute to the architect, some of whose town-house designs are UNESCO heritage-listed. 

ISBN : 978-90-6153-403-7
Price : 149.95 €