On the occasion of this anniversary, thirty Sète artists, as well as CharlElie Couture and the street artist C215 were invited to create a work about Georges-Brassens. The exhibition for music will be presented on Saturday 25 June at 10.30.
Georges Brassens died on October 29, 1981. He was buried two days later, on October 31, in Le Py Cemetery. Ten years later, on October 31, 1991, the square Brassens was inaugurated. He therefore celebrated his 30th birthday in 2021, a year particularly rich in Brassens events, as it was the year of the centenary of the birth of the country’s child.
That is why in the year 2022, the museum dedicated to the singer will blow out its thirty candles. On this occasion, the museum team decided to gather thirty Sète artists from the old and new generation in the same exhibition, not to forget the singer and artist CharlElie Couture and the street artist C215, whose one fresco, called The Thinker, adorns a facade in Rue des Députés.
Each of these creators delivered their view of man, of his artistic and poetic creation according to two constraints: a monochrome work and a forced 70 x 50 format. The custom company Gedeas has delivered a tactile visual work to increase public awareness of visual impairment. The exhibition will be inaugurated on Saturday 25 June at 10.30 and will be followed by a set by DJ Guy Lamour.
“A magical place”
It was during Yves Marchand’s mandate in the late 1980s that the idea arose to create a place dedicated to Brassens in the municipal area located opposite Le Py Cemetery, where the singer is buried. The name of Régine Monpays, who died in 2021, is linked to this story. As an art historian, holder of a doctorate and from Sétoise, she then left the Paul-Valéry Museum to direct the Brassens Room. She stays there for 23 years.
With Barbara, Brassen’s was “his great passion”. She regarded him as “one of the great poets of the 20th century”. And the place dedicated to the singer became, under his direction, “a beautiful story of friendship … with those close to Brassens: Püpchen, his companion; Josée Stroobants, his photographer; Sophie Duvernoy his governess; Pierre Gibraltar Onteniente his secretary ; Victor Laville, his childhood friend; Jeanne Corporon, daughter of his other great childhood friend, Henry Delpont … Me, I’m a bit the youngest of the Brassens clan “Here’s what Régine Monpays declared in 2014 at Noon Free when she left retired.
And again: “A place dedicated solely to a singer and poet is quite rare. Bringing the Brassens space to life, and succeeding in attracting so many people every year, was a challenge. What really pleases me, is that we have made it a place that does not distort the man that Brassens was. All his relatives recognized themselves in space. There is a magical side here. ” Nicola Cassagne succeeded Régine Monpays and then Catherine Mata, and since February 2021, Sylvie Raffard has been in charge of the Brassens room.
The artists to be exhibited
They are from the old or the new generation, and all testify to the incredible vitality of the Sète art scene. The new exhibition in the Brassens room brings together works by Amonalis, Barrandon, Battista, Biascamano, Bosc, Cervera, Chagniot, Clôdius, Robert Combas, Cosentino, Della Flora, Dépose, Hervé Di Rosa, Dombres, Duran, Jean-Jacques and Pierre François , Jouanno, Laou, Laroche-Joubert, Lhermet, Lith, Mancione, Maye, Novika Sobierajski, Parant, Réka, Rebelsmuge, Topolino and Alain Zarouati.
Its success is undeniable, and with the Paul-Valéry Museum and Miami, Espace Brassens is part of the top three of the most visited cultural establishments in the Sète. Between 45,000 and 50,000 visitors visit it each year. In 2021, the year of the 100th year reduced to six months after opening, it received 37,000 people, 47,000 in 2019. “He is the only musician and poet who has a place where his memory is still alive and it is very important to the people here, emphasizes Sylvie Raffard. It’s as if he was not really dead. “
Espace Brassens also welcomes many children and young people (school or other) from the entire Thau basin as well as people who are said to be disabled or handicapped. “We are the first in France to have all our rooms translated into LSF,” the director continues. She says she is full of respect for “the hard worker” who was Brassens. “Its composition was jeweler, but its use of slang appeals to a wide audience and to all generations.” The use of the audio guide allows “a very intimate discovery of Brassens. It is his voice that accompanies the visit. From the opening, the space has been an avant-garde and innovative place, heritage, but very lively.”