A conversation with... Agnès Varda

Friday, 13 November 2015 at 7pm

On the theme of the Water Lilies, leading figures from the art world are invited to share their admiration for Monet and talk about how they found sources of inspiration in the painter’s work for their own creations.
These talks will be led by Philippe Piguet, art historian and journalist.

Agnès Varda is a French photographer, director and installation artist, born in Belgium in 1928. She came to Paris where she studied photography at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and history of art at the Ecole du Louvre. She worked as a photographer for the Festival d’Avignon, then for the Théâtre National Populaire directed by Jean Vilar. She wrote, directed and produced her first feature-length film in 1954, La Pointe Courte, edited by Alain Resnais. Cleo from 5 to 7 was unanimously acclaimed in 1959. From the 1960s on, there followed feature-length and short films, documentaries and dramas, including Happiness (Silver Bear at Berlin), One Sings, The Other Doesn’t, Documenteur, Jacquot de Nantes – based on the childhood of her husband, Jacques Demy, Vagabond (Lion d’Or at Venice), The Beaches of Agnès (César 2009), Du côté de la côte, Mur Murs, The Gleaners and I and Agnès Varda, From Here to There. Since 2003, she has exhibited videos and installations. In 2006, the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain invited her to present an exhibition of her work, which she entitled L’Ile et Elle. In 2007, as a tribute to Jean Vilar, she exhibited her photographs at the Festival d’Avignon. In 2015, she received an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for her life’s work.