Chartres In Lights 2019: from April 27 to October 12, every night.

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5 - The Fine Art Museum – The gardens of bishop’s palace

About the scenoraphy

Artistic design: “Luna” – Camille Gross and Olivier Magermans

This scenography is a tale relating the story of “Luna”, a little moon, and her friend “Stella”, a cute star. It will be taken you to a journey trough the history of astronomy.

“At the launch of this animated tale, the universe is created under the amazed eyes of the spectator. Then Luna and Stella, the heroines of the story, take shape. By chasing Stella, Luna will fall into a black hole. A misadventure that will transport her to a parallel world: an invitation to travel through the history of astronomy. The journey begins in ancient times. The study of the solar system begins, it is evoked by the appearance of mystical creatures, representative of the unreal interpretations of the time. A scary landscape for little Luna who prefers to run away. It then meets the Sun, symbol of the arrival of science, wisdom and knowledge. A setting that comforts her, but the journey must continue.

The study of Space is becoming more precise and inspires many pictorial works in the course of the nineteenth century crossed by Luna. We then arrive at the beginning of the 20th century in the setting of « Voyage dans la Lune » by Meliès. Dreaming of space conquest, but it's still just a fantasy. Luna then uses Meliès's cannon to be thrown into the sky. We are entering the era of modernity. The conquest of space becomes reality. With it, the imaginary world develops more and more around science-fiction. Small glimpses of the world of cinema are drawn on the walls of the Museum of Fine Arts. Can you find them? Luna's quest to find her friend Stella comes to an end. We then approach the planet Earth, illuminated by its artificial lights. Then, the two friends meet and become constellation.”

Luna illuminates the façade of the Gardens of the Bishop's Gardens of the Museum of Fine Arts - Chartres In Lights - Photo credits Camille Gross and Olivier Magermans

About the garden of bishop’s palace

The Fine Art Museum owes its gardens, in their present configuration, to three bishops of Chartres of the 17th and 18th centuries, who modified them, enlarged them and enhanced then at the same time as they did their palace. The demolition of old parts of the palace, of which there remain a few traces of the servants’ quarters, and of houses situated at the top end of the cathedral, enabled three levels of terraces to be created between the charming mound of Saint-Nicolas and the elegant ruins of the priory of Saint-Etienne. This was all that was lacking to endow the bishop’s palace with the majesty appropriate to a great prelate. Overlooking the Eure valley, the gardens offer one of the most beautiful views of the lower town. Their retaining wall is built on ancient fortification. The whole site has been classified as a historic monument since 1941.

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