The birth of the "Lalan Network" (Réseau Lalan) is linked to an encounter of extraordinary people: Lalan and Marcel Van Thienen. This artistic couple of national and international renown divides its time between Paris and the south of France. Created in September 1995, the "Lalan Network", a local cultural organization, first and foremost gives homage to the memory of a painter of Chinese origin who left his name as a legacy: Lalan, also a choreographer, musician and Pygmalion for a few young artists from Bormes and Lavandou (in France's Var region). Wife of the painter Zao Wou-Ki, Lalan took part in Paris's artistic Bohemian life in the 1950s before remarrying the sculptor and musician Marcel Var Thienen in 1958.
to continue the dynamics of his late wife. Thus
Network" whose objective is to encourage cultural exchanges
in all forms,
in speed" (Lalan). Why the name "Network"? "In
to the informal
the web of
that we hope
a "network" to
evoke this "movement of resistance, of the vital struggle
of our collective
in the Bormes-Lavandou area.
Among the numerous projects organized by the Lalan Network are: the "Bowl of Art", a contemporary art event; literary meetings and readings; individual and group exhibits (photography, paintings, etc.), conferences (Kenneth White, foreign Medicis prize); writing workshops; colloquiums (Homage to André Gide, Jean Cocteau and Raymond Radiquet, etc.); homage to great painters (Courmes, Van Rysselberghe, Cross, Bénézit, Peské, Les Russes de La Favière, Troin, etc.). In order to extend its activities beyond the county and region, the "Lalan Network" publishes a newspaper, "Figure Libre", on a regular basis. This communications tool allows the organization to keep up its ever-growing network of contacts and to promote the region by giving it a cultural, modern and ambitious image.
The "Lalan Network" has also been working for ten
years to draw attention
to the rich
but little known cultural past of Bormes-Lavandou and the surrounding
area. Since the neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross en 1891,
numerous painters, writers and musicians have spent time on
its coast: Théo Van Rysselberghe,
Auguste Renoir, Ernest Reyer, Nicolas de Staël,
André Gide, Jean Cocteau, Raymond
Paul Valéry, Marie Laurencin, Émil-Alfons
Thomas Mann, Joseph Kessel, Jean Anouilh, Man Ray, Max Ernst,
Tristan Tzara, Henri Michaux, Alfred Courmes, etc. The newspaper "Figure
of this exploration.