18 Oct
18 May

EXPO "Promenons nous dans les bois... au fil des contes" (Let's walk in the woods... through tales) From Wednesday 18/10/2023 to Saturday 18 May 2024-
Open to all - Free admission - Information : 04 67 87 83 95

Passed down by word of mouth over the centuries, and transcending geographical borders, fairy tales have gradually built up a literary genre and seduced readers of several generations. Drawing on Louis Médard?s inexhaustible collection, the museum invites the public to encounter the fantastic and marvellous universe created by certain works. In this way, the collector's library becomes an evocation of the great fortune of collections of short stories and oriental tales, such as the Thousand and One Nights, the first translation of which circulated in Europe in the early 18th century.

Alongside the escapist power of fairy tales, the exhibition features a journey through the forest, a natural environment that inspires fear, an initiation to life, a place of hiding and unexpected encounters, and even the emergence of love? This is an opportunity to discover and rediscover the great classics retold by Charles Perrault and the Grimm brothers, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Donkey Skin and Sleeping Beauty. And we can also venture into the many versions of Beauty and the Beast, a universal tale that boasts a mythological inspiration before it was disseminated by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve (1740) and Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (1756) and later made famous by Jean Cocteau?s film (1946).

With their winding paths, surprising apparitions and magic wands, these tales reveal their links to popular culture, their teachings and all the messages that relate them to ourselves and our place in the world. These are tales that never cease to fascinate children, and even to be reinterpreted by the singular vision of artists and illustrators.