2016 Highlights - Cannes Festival (11th to 22nd may 2016)
Yes, we CANNES : the power of yellow !
The 69th Cannes Festival (11th to 22nd may 2016) was presided by George Miller. Made of images taken from Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris, the official 2016 poster is an homage to the genius of film. On the yellow poster, of course a man climbs the famous steps facing the sea… But first of all, what is really fascinating if not this intense yellow ? Why this solar color in this 21st century without any actual optimism ? For the southerly light of Cannes, the enthousiastic and glowing nature of cinema ? However, the ambivalence of this color has been existing for centuries : the infamy endured by Jews to wear the yellow slice in the 13th century and the yellow star in the 20th century… The door of traitors painted in yellow in the 16th century… But also the spring reborn under the light… If yellow symbolizes the sun and joy, its negative meaning is based on lie and treachery. The 2016 poster of the festival includes the whole and ambivalent power of yellow that Kandinsky considered as the “most earthly, most eccentric color with its violence sometimes trying and aggressive”*. So, let’s assume the ambivalence by confronting the poster with two works : “Nu d’aurochs” (Nude of aurochs – prehistoric buffalo) and “Keep you smiling” (original title in English) !!! The first one for this 69 edition… (lol) and the second, for the required smile of the festival (lol bis)…
* KANDINSKY Vladimir (1866-1944) – Du spirituel dans l'art, et dans la peinture en particulier (Concerning the spiritual in art) – Folio Essais
Hervé Chigioni, Gilles Frappier & Philippe Savoir (Filifox) - Official poster of the Cannes film festival © Lagency / Taste (Paris) / Le Mépris © 1963 StudioCanal - Compagnia Cinematografica Champion S.P.A. - All rights reserved - Thanks to Alessia e Niccolò Rositani Suckert.
Bernard Gast – Keep you smiling (2008), Paintless-Painting
(1, 30 x 2, 63 m) ©Adagp
Bernard Gast – Nu d'aurochs (1999), Paintless-Painting (0,60 x 1, 20 m) ©Adagp