Exhibition « Taste heaven. Anna de Noailles and the shores of Lake Geneva »
ruelle du Nant d'Enfer
Phone : 04 50 83 15 94
« Little girl born in a privileged environment, I tasted heaven in Amphion in the plane tree alley, extendig on the Leman Lake a vault of green leaves… » This sentence will be the main theme of the 2019 exhibition of the Gribaldi House.
Winner of the French Academy’s Grand Prize in literature and first woman Commander of the Legion of Honour, Anna de Noailles has enjoyed an immense reputation in Parisian literary circles, from the Belle Epoque to the early 1930’s. Born Princess Bassaraba of Brancovan, she spent almost every summer until the Great war in Amphion, near Evian, where her family owned a vast property : the Villa Bassaraba. Anna de Noailles got the essence of her inspiration from her attachment to the shores of Lake Geneva, from Evian to Lausanne, from Montreux to Coppet, from Coudrée to Morges, Geneva and Vevey. Her heart rests in the cemetery of Publier, in accordance with her wishes, and her friends created in 1938 in Amphion, on the site of her childhood, a monument and a garden dedicated to her memory.
In 2019, wich marks the double anniversary of the Francillon-Lobre (1949) and the Anne-Jules de Noailles bequest (1979) to the city of Evian-les-Bains, the latter presents to the Gribaldi House the important collection it has gathered over the years around Anna de Noailles, enriched by institutional, family and private loans. This exhibition allows visitors to follow in Anna de Noaille’s footsteps through personal object, portraits, original photographs, books correspondence and some thirty pastels made by the poetess at the end of her life. Many of these objects had never before been presented to the public.
From 13/04 to 03/11/2019, daily between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Adult: 2.50 to 3.50 €, Child: 0 to 2.50 €.