Friday, February 17, 2017

“Mariages à la française: Shifts in a Cultural Grammar”,

Institut français India Director Dr. Bertrand the Hartingh will inaugurate the exhibition, “Mariages à la française: Shifts in a Cultural Grammar”, focusing on French weddings. Curated by historian Dr. Arundhati Virmani, the exhibit traces the significant changes and developments in the institution and rites of marriage in France.

At India International Centre Annexe, Lodhi Estate
on Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 at 6.30 PM

The exhibition showcases wedding items – such as the invitation and menu, the changing venues of the wedding - from the church to the town hall, and elements of the ceremony, like the bride’s bouquet or wedding dress – to present a reflection on social transformations and values in France since the end of the 19th century.

There will be two related programmes in the Annexe Lecture Room II as part of this exhibition:
Thursday, 23 February 2017 at 6.30 PM
Public and Private: Histories of French Wedding Rituals
Illustrated lecture by Dr. Arundhati Virmani, Indian historian

Monday, 27 February 2017 at 6.30 PM
Princely Weddings at the French Court in Versailles
Illustrated lecture by Dr. Jean Boutier, French historian
The exhibition will be on view from 22nd to 28th February 2017, 11.00 am to 7.00 pm at the Art Gallery, India International Centre Annexe, Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003.

Arundhati Virmani is a historian at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Marseille. After a PhD in French History, she has researched colonial and contemporary India. She has authored several books on Indian history, including Les Indiens. Voix multiples (Paris, 2015), which won Asia Prize 2015 in France. She has also curated exhibitions on the Historical Atlas of India at the IIC, Delhi, Cambridge University Library, UK, and Maison Méditérranée des sciences de l’homme in Aix-en-Provence, France.

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