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Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo, Ma destinée (My destiny), 1867.

The Hammer Museum at UCLA elucidates Victor Hugo’s experimental and enigmatic practices as a draftsman in its newest exhibition “Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo” starting September 27 through December 30, 2018 with its opening on October 6, 2018. 

The Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles is hosting a guided tour as part of its contemporary art club for the exhibition on September 29, 2018 at 11 am with Beatrice Chassepot.

Victor Hugo, one of the most famous French poets, novelists, and dramatists of the Romantic movement is best known for his massively popular works such as Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Last Days of a Condemned, The Man Who Laughs, and more.

Although he is one of the most well known intellectuals from the nineteenth century of France, his vast collection as a draftsman often goes overlooked. The “Stones to Stains” Victor Hugo collection at The Hammer Museum will showcase over 75 drawings and photographs spanning the duration of Hugo’s career.

Most of Hugo’s drawn works were part of a large private collection rarely shown to the public during his lifetime. During his exile on the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey from 1852 to 1870, Hugo produced a large portion of his collection of over three thousand sheets of art.    

The exhibition, curated by Cynthia Burlingham and Allegra Pesenti in collaboration with Florian Rodari, was entitled “Stones to Stains” as a illusion to Hugo’s form of draftsmanship and its transformative properties of water. The ink and wash drawings resemble the effects of water on stone.

In addition to the display of Hugo’s drawings, “Stones to Stains” will be accompanied by essays from the curators as well as lectures, concerts, and screenings from the Center for European and Russian Studies at UCLA.

To RSVP for the Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles tour, please email afdela.org.