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Il était plusieurs fois...

a trip through the book Bible, the founding tales by Serge Bloch and Frédéric Boyer (Bayard Éditions)

2016.09.24 > 2017.02.19

From the creation of the world to the Book of Daniel, this immersive exhibition tells the story in images and sounds of the great myths of the Old Testament, through the eyes of the illustrator Serge Bloch and the author Frédéric Boyer. A way of putting at everyone’s reach this founding text of Western culture, shared by the three big monotheist religions.

artistic direction: José-Manuel Gonçalvès

thematic Spirituality

public opening on Saturday, September 24, from 2 p.m.


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Since the 1980’s, the illustrator Serge Bloch has used a simple yet expressive style. With a small amount of lines, he brings to life many characters on paper, some of which are well known by children (SamSam). The exhibition Once upon several times... looks into work spanning over several years that he carried out with the author Frédéric Boyer on the Old Testament, a text shared by the three big monotheist religions. In this immersive exhibition, the tales of Abraham, Moses, Noah, Job or Samson and Delilah are told through small and large-scale drawings and cartoons, with texts read by André Dussollier. The voice, as well as the music composed specially by Benjamin Ribolet, accompany the visitor throughout his/her tour of this gallery of characters.

Texts and drawings, also brought together in a book to be published at the end of September entitled Bible, the founding tales, by Bayard Editions, explain without any dogmatism to adults and children alike the founding myths of Western culture. From the creation of the world to the Book of Daniel, we can follow the exile and migration of a people, stories filled with spiritual themes such as loneliness, obedience, suffering, but also forgiveness, love or fraternity. Frederic Boyer was already at the initiative in 2001 of a new translation of the Bible by contemporary authors. This time, he has selected 35 of the biggest stories from the Old Testament, that he recounts in simple and poetic words. In the same way, Serge Bloch’s light-lined drawings, often embellished with coloured segments or more detailed objects, humorously bring them closer to our everyday lives, letting a machine or even the Eiffel tower appear here and there!

The author, the illustrator and the musician explore these stories in a creative way, stories in which speech is enough to create a world. A way of sharing with the younger generations, whilst highlighting a very human faculty: imagination.



Launch of the book Bible, the founding tales, on 28 September 2016 (Bayard Editions).

→ www.bible-recits.com

Screening of the animation film Bible, the founding tales, at the Gérard-Philipe Theatre, national drama centre of Saint-Denis, on Saturday 5 November at 8 p.m.
 → www.theatregerardphilipe.com

An illustrated concert of Bible, the founding tales, with the Chamber Orchestra of Paris.
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