Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is invited by the Centre Pompidou in Paris to design an exhibition-workshop for children.

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac at the Centre Pompidou Copyright Paris.fr

A rebus of emotions

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac‘s exhibition is from 4 years old and for all those who have kept a child’s soul. “I have always been fascinated by sciences related to symbolism: vexillology, the study of flags and pavilions, heraldry for coats of arms, and hieroglyphs. In my childhood drawings, I summed up or condensed my emotions with signs or symbols : sadness with a rainy cloud, reward with a crown, gift with a hand, thus creating a language of universal signs. The perception of this language, the translation of these signs into language require deciphering like a rebus of emotions.

To awaken children’s artistic sensitivity

Thinking of the Children’s Gallery, the idea came to me of staging an installation of a world of signs for the people of tomorrow who are the children of today. » At the invitation of the Center Pompidou, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac invests the Children’s Gallery in order to awaken their artistic sensitivity and draw their attention to the strong signs of our time. Flags, totems, emblematic colors of his work for fifty years and echoing those of the Center Pompidou make up eight educational devices around signs, symbols and universal language. The flag, here emptied of its identity marker, is associated with emotions, the totem refers to a symbolic belonging. The exhibition − workshop « The People of Tomorrow » offers nine activities designed by the artist around these notions and this imagination.

– Children’s Gallery Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4th From Saturday September 25, 2021 to Monday July 18, 2022 Monday, Wednesday to Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reservation strongly recommended Reservations Booking is recommended + − Leaflets |

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