Françoise Lémerige, in charge of handling the drawings and plastic works collections of the Cinémathèque française and Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, founder of Miyu, who, with his partner Pierre Baussaron had launched Miyu Gallery, the first gallery in the world dedicated to the arts and techniques of animation.The partnership was born out of the desire to participate in the promotion of animation and to enrich the Cinémathèque Française’s collection with documents and films from independent contemporary animation production.
In April 2023, this partnership will result in an exceptional donation of works and elements linked to French and international contemporary animation, chosen as much for their virtuosity and their technical graphic diversity as for their plastic value.
10 directors, 5 men and 5 women, from the international contemporary animation scene, big names in animation cinema as well as artists from the new generation have been selected. They will donate to the Cinémathèque française non-film documents: material used in the making of the film such as preparatory drawings, research notebooks, storyboards, animation sheets, animation celluloid or even digital files in some cases; as well as 35 mm films on film and digital support of some of their short and feature films.
For the Matières à Animer exhibition, plastic works from the donations of : Céline Devaux, Dahee Jeong, Vergine Keaton, Boris Labbé, Sébastien Laudenbach, Florence Mihail, Momoko Seto, Georges Schwizgebel, Gianluigi Toccafondo, Theodore Uschev and Koji Yamamura. The idea for this donation was born out of the impetus of an initial donation by Sébastien Laudenbach, and the event will also include works by the director.
The Film donation would not have been possible without the contribution of the following production companies Les Films de l’Arlequin, Les Films Pélléas, Les Films Sauvages, Le Fresnoy – Studio National des arts contemporains, Insolence Production, l’Office National du Film, Sacrebleu Productions.
The exhibition will present a selection of the donation in order to show all the plastic richness of contemporary animated creation, a creation with multiple techniques often unknown to the public.
Watercolours will be found in the work of Boris Labbé and Theodore Ushev; Céline Devaux will present an ink on PVC, the director’s flagship technique; Vergine Keaton’s donation is a cartography of Bataille, the artist’s feature film in development; Florence Mihail will exhibit three pastel drawings from her film Hammam; Dahee Jeong three mixed media drawings; Momoko Seto will show two printed maps from the research of her feature film Planets in production; Gianluigi Toccafondo a series of large paintings mounted on canvas; Koji Yamamura and Georges Schwizgebel will show painted celluloid and drawings.
Exhibition from April 20 to June 17, 2023.
Saturday 27 May 2023 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Meeting, followed by a drink, between Céline Devaux and Vergine Keaton on the relationship between animated films and musical composition
Sunday 28 May 2023 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Guided tours of the exhibition “Matières à Animer” by the gallery staff
75003 Paris, France 0188329177 www.miyu.fr/galerie
Miyu is an independent animation production and distribution company, awarded in the most important festivals, founded in 2009 by Emmanuel-Alain Raynal and co-directed since 2015 by Emmanuel-Alain Raynal and Pierre Baussaron. In 2022, they co-founded Galerie Miyu and were joined by Delphine Duroy who took over the direction of the gallery.
The Miyu gallery, the first physical gallery dedicated to the arts and techniques of animation in the world, aims to be a bridge between animation and contemporary artists. The gallery’s intent is both to offer a space to promote the plastic work of animation filmmakers, but also to inscribe animated techniques in the History of Contemporary Art at a time when more and more visual artists are seizing the possibilities offered by these techniques in their work.
Miyu thus becomes a global label to promote and showcase the talent of international animation filmmakers who have developed plastic and visual works around drawing, sculpture, painting, installation and video, using animation techniques. The gallery aims to reach everyone and will be a place of creation and meeting for contemporary artists who aspire to use animation techniques for their works via production and exhibition support.
The gallery also aims to reach everyone, as its purpose is to emerge as a place of creation and support for artists who aspire to use animation techniques for their works.
Sébastien Laudenbach, Vergine Keaton, Simon Rouby, Thami Nabil, Hedi Nabil, Alice Saey, Florent Morin, Rachel Gutgarts, Cyril Pedrosa, Momoko Seto, Yoriko Mizushiri, Boris Labbé, Sawako Kabuki