Isère Tourisme

Berlioz Museum exhibition

Set up in the birthplace of the famous composer who was born in La Côte Saint André, the museum retraces the artist's world : discover his love stories, his family, listen to his music and enjoy the quiet of inner courtyard.

The exhibition explores several portraits and caricatures of the composer and his peers in their lifetimes - heartfelt images and happy images - to present the appearance of a new identity at the crossroads between reality, fantasy and the sacred.


As photography began to flourish, the 1850s saw the art of the portrait transform.

Miniaturists gradually disappeared to make way for growing numbers of photography studios. The sacred aspect of the image held firm. Renowned photographers captured a variety of characters through their lenses from regular Joe Bloggs to world greats and famous artists.  Nadar, Disdéri, Mayer and Pierson took photos of an entire generation of artists by focusing their lenses on the personality and soul of their subjects. These prints, and more specifically photo cards, not only reflect the history of a technique's evolution by revealing a real phenomenon in society but they make up a vast gallery of 19th century personalities.


An iconoclastic look

Everyone may have wanted to appear in their best light but the satirical press and caricaturists revealed their quirky side by mocking them at their leisure. Cham, Etienne Carjat, Gustave Doré, Benjamin Roubaud, J. J. Grandville, Honoré Daumier and even Nadar brought their subjects an off-the-wall and often iconoclastic look that, paradoxically, contributed to making the idols sacred. As the image, the "double" as Edgar Morin would say, "has a magical power". It is the image, "both exact and glowing with an aura that surpasses it - its myth".

Like every artist of his time, Hector Berlioz used burgeoning photography to spread his portrait, his "double", among his contemporaries. The image was the finishing touch to his work and made the "novel" a "myth" that the satirical press, whose caricatures capture the misunderstanding and disapproval that Berlioz's innovative genius often inspired, involuntarily celebrated.

The exhibition explores several portraits and caricatures of the composer and his peers in their lifetimes - heartfelt images and happy images - to present the appearance of a new identity at the crossroads between reality, fantasy and the sacred.


FREE EVENTS : BENEATH HECTOR'S BALCONY

Audiences are invited to the grounds of the Berlioz family home-turned-Hector Berlioz Museum every early evening in the soft twilight during the festival (excluding Mondays). Musicians, singers, poets and more share stunning musical experiences with audiences beneath the balcony.