The exhibition also unveils the genesis and symbolism of this artist's book through the presentation of numerous archival documents, like the films, photographic reports and sketches made during the design of the 7 volumes.
Ruins of the future - A tapestry book by Michel Butor.
Fascinated by the monumental Tenture of the Apocalypse of the castle of Angers (most important set of medieval tapestries remaining in the world, composed of 6 successive pieces cut each in 14 paintings representing the Apocalypse of John), Michel Butor composed in 2013 a a poetic and critical reinterpretation of the letters sent by Saint John to the 7 churches of the Apocalypse: the tapestry book Ruines d'avenir.
Michel Butor -
Poet, novelist, essayist, art critic and translator, Michel Butor was born on September 14, 1926, in Mons-en-Baroeul, near Lille. He is the author of a work that is both immense and protean. He was distinguished from the Prix Renaudot for La Modification (1957), a major work of the "New Roman" written almost entirely in the second person of the plural. Michel Butor has also been distinguished from the Grand Prix de littérature of the Académie Française for all of his work (2013). After a career as a professor of literature in the United States, at the University of Nice and Geneva, he retired to Lucinges (Haute-Savoie). His poetic work is published in more than 2000 limited edition books accompanied by original interventions of many plastic artists. His complete works have appeared in 13 volumes published by La Différence (2006-2011) under the direction of Mireille Calle-Gruber.
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