Exhibition May-July 2018

Le 68 des enfants – L’album jeunesse fait sa révolution

Exhibition from 2 May to 28 July at the médiathèque Françoise Sagan, Paris

(Part of the May 68 commemorations organised by the Mayor of Paris)

 This exhibition explores the ’68 years as an important moment for children’s books. It traces the great explosion of creativity in children’s publishing in this period, in particular through one of the most important figures of this movement, François Ruy-Vidal, following the donation of his archives to the historic collections of the Heure Joyeuse children’s library. His collaborations for several publishing houses make him one of the pivotal actors of the period. The original drawings, correspondence, and production files reveal the emergence of a new generation of young talents in illustration and graphic design, such as Nicole Claveloux, Étienne Delessert, Henri Galeron, Claude Lapointe and Agnès Rosenstiehl.

From psychedelic pop picturebooks and abstract art books, to militant feminist anti-sexist tales for little girls, ecological fables, via manuals for political revolt, and zines written by school-pupils themselves, the order of the day was to challenge and overturn all conventions.

A selection of the picturebooks of the period is available to read, while on the first floor of the library is a series of images created by students of the Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts specially for this exhibition.

The exhibition was a collaboration between the historic collections of the Heure Joyeuse children’s library and Sophie Heywood of the Children’s 68 project and Cécile Vergez of the University of Aix-Marseille. Graphic design by Loïc Boyer.

Entry is free, and information on getting there can be found here.

Photos of the exhibition can be found here

The exhibition:

About François Ruy-Vidal:

Featured book: Alala (1970)

Featured book: Max et les Maximonstres:

Guided visits of the exhibition:

Saturdays 5 and 26 May, 9 and 23 June, 7 July 2018 from 10:30am-11am, registration necessary.

Associated events:

Writing workshop: “The writing’s on the wall”, with Frédérique Anne, Saturday 5 may 2018 from 10:30am-1pm.

Writing competition: “Mai 68, l’imagination au pouvoir !”, from 20 April to 13 May 2018.

Discovery Hour: “Origins and destinies of the illustrators of the Quist galaxy by Loïc Boyer”, Wednesday 16 May from 7pm-8pm.

Meet the author: “Poetry and revolutions”, Leslie Kaplan and Florence Pazzottu as part of the Marché de la Poésie, Tuesday 22 May from 7pm-9pm.

Workshop: poster workshop with Valentin Bigel, Saturday 26 May from 2pm-4:30pm.

Round Table: “Mémoires vives de Mai 68”, Thursday 31 May from 7pm-9pm.

Meet the author: “My 1970s: the life of a writer illustrator”, meeting with Claudine Desmarteau, Saturday 2 June 2018, from 4pm-6pm.