Launch of AIDA’s Cultural Season 2018 in London, December 19th, 2017, with the “Lessons of Love” Exhibition
For the first time of its history the Monegasque Cultural Association AIDA
comes in London to present the Exhibition
« Lessons of Love »
Presented by the Fine Art Photographer
Calypso de Sigaldi
to revisit the state of mind of
the French Writers & Philosophers
of the XVIII° Century
Tuesday 19th of December 2017
From 5.30 pm to 10.00 pm
during a Cocktail Dinner hosted
38 Park Street, Mayfair, London
W1K 2JF, United Kingdom
On eleven frames, the exhibition travels through the 18th century to find the source of libertinism, with Ninon de Lenclos, whose salon was frequented by the Duke of Orleans, the future Regent of the early reign of Louis XV of France and most influential thinkers of this time of innovation.
Beaumarchais, Voltaire, Diderot, Jean-Jacques Rousseau or libertine authors such as Casanova, Abbé Prévost or Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, author of the Dangerous Liaisons, the exhibition revisits all the literary currents of the Enlightenment, around the art of seduction and that of loving, without forgetting the exquisite marivaudage of Marivaux or the beginnings of the fantastic literature with the illuminati Jacques Cazotte.
Here we embrace a state of mind which will install for a long time the codes of what has ever since been called «the French seduction”. It is surprising to see a certain form of moralism among those who were believed to be the most misguided. There is a notable and unexpected absence… The Marquis de Sade, which, far from being recognized by the thinkers of his time, was perceived as the deranged son of the very appreciated Comte de Sade, a friend of Voltaire.
The Artist & her concept:
Photographer of art, with a background in fashion photography, Calypso de Sigaldi has always defended the values of the romantic aesthetic in her artistic expression. She wished to revisit this libertinist 18th century to find again the spice of suggestion, by an exercise of style where one speaks of the act of loving, without ever revealing any of this nudity so common these days.
By adapting her photographic style to the imagery of the painters of the “Fêtes Galantes” (Watteau, Boucher, Lancret, Fragonard, etc.), the photographer wished to rediscover this style often unfairly assimilated to insipid prettiness. The theme of seduction is recurrent in the work of the artist. She expresses her vision of a woman who leads her life choices by herself; a naughty, mutinous and playful woman, while remaining romantic, tender and decent.
By accompanying her photographic message with quotations of thinkers with ideas clearly defined as free, Calypso de Sigaldi wishes to recall that the libertinist current itself was framed by moral boundaries in which the game of seduction goes first through the intellectualization of feelings and respectful
2018 Cultural Season of the Association:
This exhibition marks the launch of the Cultural Season 2018 of the Association AIDA which has chosen to revisit, during the course of several events which will spread throughout 2018, the spirit of the “Fêtes Galantes” of the 18th century.
These open-air receptions, highly prized by the French High Aristocracy between 1715 and 1770, were the occasion to practice this new state of mind advocating the freedom of the body and the mind, by letting the spontaneous instincts of the human condition express themselves, in a bucolic environment.
Gardens, groves, fields, river beds were as many playgrounds for seduction to happen between hide-and-seek games and blind man’s bluff.
The Baroness Beatrice Ball, the association’s flagship event, will offer Friday 6th of July 2018, in the sumptuous setting of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, to taste the spirit of those “Fêtes Galantes” through a costumed ball enriched with numerous artistic performances highlighting the freshness and the happiness of an era when the seduction wants to be playful and light.