birth of the "Réseau Lalan" is tied up
with the meeting of two extraordinary characters: Lalan and
Marcel Van Thienen. This artist couple, with a national and international
reputation, shared their time between Paris and their two studios
was a complete artist
and passionate. After training in Fine Arts in Hangzhou, in
1948 she set up in Paris with her first husband Zao Wou-Ki.
It was in 1954 that she met Marcel Van Thienen, a sculptor and
musician whom she married in 1956. Tragically, she died in 1995.
Painter, dancer, musician, choreographer, and poet, her immense
talent was recognized by the greatest in the world of the arts
(Ionesco, Chirac, Michaux, etc.). A very fine homage of 200 pages was devoted to her by Jean-Michel Beurdeley.
The Lalan Network is an association which has the goal
of encouraging cultural exchange and promoting art in all its
forms. The first President was the sculptor and musician Marcel
Van Thienen (Lalan's second husband), and then, since 1998,
it has been presided by Raphael Dupouy, an independent
photographer; it has already mounted exhibitions of more than
80 artists (painters, photographers, plastic artists, sculptors, poets, writers, and musicians). to its name: " Bol d'Art"
a contemporary art show, Portraits of Artists by Denice Colomb,
Kenneth White (Prix Médicis), Radiguet, and Cocteau,
cultural roots of Le Lavandou
The Lalan Network works towards the enhancement of the well-known rich cultural past of Le Lavandou. Since the neo-impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross in 1892, numerous painters, writers and musicians
have stayed in Le Lavandou: Théo Van Rysselberghe, Paul
Signac, Maurice Utrillo, Auguste Renoir, Ernest Reyer, Nicolas
de Staël, André Gide, Jean Cocteau, Paul Valery, Joseph Kessel, and so on
several tours and art shows
help you to discover this Le Lavandou of the painters and writers.
Nearly 90 artists were exhibited
or introduced on the Lavandou and Bormes-les-Mimosas seaside for the occasion
of the very renowned Bol d’Art, the demonstration of contemporary
art, the literary meetings and artistic evenings.
The Network activities
Among the many activities organized by the Réseau Lalaninclude the "Bol d'Art", exhibition of contemporary art,literary readings and evenings reading of solo and group exhibitions (photography, painting, etc.); conferences (Kenneth White, Price Medici abroad, etc.), writing workshops, symposia (Tribute to André Gide, Jean Cocteau and to Raymond Radiguet, etc.); homage to great painters (Courmes Van Rysselberghe, Cross, Bénézit , Peski, Russia's La Favière, Troina, etc.) with publishing books and catalogs.
To publicize its activities beyond the boundaries of the county and region, "Network Lalan" regularly publishes a journal: "Open Figure. This communication tool allows the association to maintain a network of increasingly important to promote its region by giving it a cultural image, modern and ambitious.
For several years, "Lalan network" is also working on upgrading Richemer misunderstood cultural past of the resort "Bormeo lavandouraine". Since the Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross in 1891, many painters, writers and musicians have indeed been on his coast: Theo Van Rysselberghe, Paul Signac, Maurice Utrillo, Auguste Renoir, Ernest Reyer, Nicolas de Staël, André Gide, Jean Cocteau, Raymond Radiguet, Paul Morand, Paul Valéry, Marie Laurencin, Emil-Alfons Reinhardt, Bertolt Brecht, Thomas Mann, Joseph Kessel, Jean Anouilh, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Tristan Tzara, Henri Michaux, Alfred Courmes, etc. The newspaper Figure Libre regularly presents various aspects of this investigation.
Retrospective des grands moments et des expositions