Sagan, from Bonjour Tristesse (1954) to Derrière l'épaule (1998)

Exhibition at the Médiathèque Françoise Sagan, from May 16 to September 30, 2015

To celebrate its opening in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, the new Françoise Sagan multimedia library presents the first exhibition dedicated to the author of “Bonjour Tristesse”. The exhibition, designed by her son Denis Westhoff also depicts the French artistic and literary life at various moments of the writer’s career.
“The success of Bonjour Tristesse in the mid 50s marks a symbolic turning point for a generation striving against moral principles and obsolete rules set by their parents (…) This defining moment was amplified by the massive media exposure of what was dubbed “the Sagan phenomenon”: the 18 years old young woman was exposed on the front-pages of all the new illustrated magazines such as Paris Match, Vue, Elle, Jours de France and others, inspired by American Life, Time, or Esquire, which built their success on photography (…) and the new reflex cameras” (Denis Westhoff).

The exhibition features a chronological selection of Sagan’s personal archives as well as images from the collections of the City of Paris, including 30 photographs from the Roger-Viollet (and partners’) archives, by news photographers Alain Adler, Bernard Lipnitzki, Jack Nisberg or Jacques Rouchon. Images from the photographic archive of newspaper France Soir, acquired by the Paris Historical Library in 2012 (some of which were never published until now) are also presented.

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  • Médiathèque Françoise Sagan 8 rue Léon Schwartzenberg
    Paris 10e
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: from 1 to 7 pm
    Wednesday: from 10 am to 7 pm
    Saturday: from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday: from 1 to 6 pm
  • Curator : Denis Westhoff
    Scientific advisor: Delphine Desveaux, director of the Roger-Viollet collections, Parisienne de Photographie
    Scenography: Marie-Noëlle Perriau

    The exhibition will be presented in autumn 2015 in Switzerland, at the “Boléro de Versoix” (Geneva), and in 2017 in Deauville at the exhibition gallery “Le Point de Vue”.
  • Image : Françoise Sagan, Saint-Tropez, 1956.
    © Bernard Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet