Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Végétal: l’école de la beauté”, presented by Chaumet at the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2022, under the direction of botanist Marc Jeanson, VÉGÉTAL offers a journey through the history of art enlightened by the eyes of a scientist, an intimate stroll through the centuries, between botany, jewelry and artistic masterpieces.
For the launch of the book, delpire & co is pleased to invite thinkers Estelle Zhong Mengual and Emanuele Coccia, two of the contributors to the book, for a discussion on the theme of our relationship with living things, moderated by David Desrimais, publisher at JBE Books.
Estelle Zhong Mengual is an art historian, a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and holds a doctorate from Sciences Po. She currently teaches in the master’s degree program for experimentation in art and politics (SPEAP), created by Bruno Latour. She is also responsible for the chair “Living in the landscape. Art meets the living” at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris. She is the author of Esthétique de la rencontre. L’énigme de l’art contemporain (Seuil, 2018, co-authored with Baptiste Morizot), Apprendre à voir. Le point de vue du vivant (Actes Sud, 2021) and Peindre au corps à corps. Les fleurs et Georgia O’Keeffe (Actes Sud, April 2022).
Emanuele Coccia is a philosopher, lecturer at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) since 2011.
He is interested, among other things, in the nature of life. He is the author of La Vie sensible, La Vie des plantes. Une métaphysique du mélange and Métamorphoses (Payot et Rivages, 2010, 2016 and 2020). In 2019, he contributed to the exhibition “Nous les Arbres”, presented at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris.
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