The team at Manege has prepared an extensive educational program to accompany the ESPRITS project. The audience will be invited to take advantage of the lectures, film screenings, personal tours, and art mediations designed to facilitate deeper immersion into the philosophical, literary, and artistic world of France and all of Europe in the latter half of the 20th century. Not only did this context shape Christian Boltanski’s work in many ways; to a great extent it was itself shaped by his work.

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Tentative schedule:

Introduction to Conceptual Art
Lecture series

17 March 2022 – 31 March 2022

This program is the brainchild of Annalisa Rimmaudo, who has a PhD in contemporary art from the Sorbonne (Paris) and is a curator at Paris’ Centre Pompidou. Together with curator Bernard Blistène, Annalisa prepared a Boltanski retrospective for the Centre Pompidou in 2019 – ‘Christian Boltanski. Faire son Temps’.

17 March 2022: Introduction to the Theory of Conceptual Art
24 March 2022: Sentimental Conceptualism
31 March 2022: Post-Conceptualism

The Effects of Philosophy: French Theory’s Global Adventures
Lecture series

7 April 2022 – 5 May 2022

This program was created by François Cusset, who is a writer, intellectual historian, and professor at the Paris Nanterre University, where he teaches the history of American civilisation. Cusset is the author of books on intellectual and socio-political history.

7 April 2022: The Great Journey of Ideas
14 April 2022: French Theory: Provocation and Resistance
21 April 2022: Culture, Identity, and Work: Becoming a Revolutionary?
28 April 2022: Sex, Race, and Class: Social Constructs
5 May 2022: French Theory and Contemporary Art: A Different View

The lectures will take place online in French, with simultaneous translation into Russian and English.

You will be able to find detailed information on Manege Junior & Manege Kids events, as well as details on tours and programs for visitors with disabilities, on the Manege website after the exhibition has opened.