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Apollinaire and Paul Guillaume


Actors from the National Drama Centre Les Tréteaux de France, directed by Robin Renucci, join forces with university students, all Apollinaire specialists, to explore the links between the poet and the art world in all its forms.

Apollinaire and Paul Guillaume
When Paul Guillaume met the poet Guillaume Apollinaire in 1911, his only assets were his youth, his ambition, and his interest in African and Oceanic arts. How did this unknown 19 year old from a modest background become one of the most influential and enlightened art dealers of his time in less than ten years?
Laurence Campa and Peter Read evoke the decisive years of the exemplary career path of the man who successfully combined remarkable artistic intuition with an innovative commercial strategy. Based on the published correspondence between the two, and supported by the actors of the Tréteaux de France theatre company, their dialogue presents the two correspondents in a new light and recounts the birth of modern art in its own way.   

Laurence Campa, lecturer at the Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre
Peter Read, Professor of Modern French Literature and Visual Arts at the University of Kent