Maison Jean Vilar
The maison Jean Vilar is jointly managed by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Association Jean Vilar, in partnership with Avignon city and the Ministry of Culture and Communication. It houses Jean Vilar's personal archives. It also gathers, preserves and enhances documents connected vwith all the seasons of Avignon festivals.
In the Maison Jean Vilar, the library is managed by the Performing Arts Department and proposes over 33 000 books and magazines about performing arts as well as archives and documentation about festivals and performing arts in Avignon. Entrance is free for all visitors, whether they be researchers, students, professional or amateur users. The library develops partnerships with teaching and training institutions.
All the year long and particularly during the Avignon festival, the Maison Jean Vilar organizes exhibitions, public readings, lectures and colloquiums.
Antigone, choreograph of Carolyn Carlson, photography C. Martinez
The Maison Jean Vilar's library houses:
Some archives collections complement the printed collections.
The Jean Vilar and Jean Rouvet collections that belong to the Association Jean Vilar are deposited at the BnF: manuscripts and archives belonging to Jean Vilar who set up the Avignon Festival, and to Jean Rouvet, Director of the TNP, posters, programmes, photographs, reviews about the Avignon Festival and the TNP.
Various information documents about the regional theatrical life, but also about authors and performing arts professionals are available to readers.
History of the Maison Jean Vilar
Maison Jean-Vilar in Avignon
© Wilfrid Rouff / BnF
The Association for the Jean Vilar Foundation was created after Jean Vilar's death at the end of 1971. Its aim was to gather documents about the life and work of Jean Vilar during the Avignon Festival, from 1947 to 1971, but also at the Théâtre national populaire, from 1951 to 1963; a way to preserve memories but also to make the artist's work a source of reflexion and revival.
From this moment on, a dialogue was set up between the Association Jean Vilar, the Bibliothèque nationale and Avignon city. The idea to open a 'Maison Jean Vilar' takes shape when the city acquires the Hôtel de Crochans; a tripartite agreement is signed in December 1977. This agreement defines the missions of the Maison Jean Vilar, namely to gather, preserve and make available documentary resources about Jean Vilar's work but also about theatre decentralisation and, more generally, about theatre.
Since its opening in July 1979, with the support of Avignon city which provides premises and the assistance of municipal staff members, the Association Jean Vilar and the Bibliothèque nationale de France have been managing jointly the various services (library, video library) and activities (exhibitions, symposiums, workshops...) of the Maison Jean Vilar.
A new agreement, signed in 2012, now associates the Ministry of Culture and Communication to the three partners. It also updates the missions of the Maison Jean Vilar, particularly those concerning the memory of the Avignon Festival and the Festival Off.
Friday, February 27, 2015