12 kilometres, with over 50 works linked together by a green line: the Voyage à Nantes has been part of Nantes’ cultural landscape since 2012. Every summer, the course is reactivated and enhanced, to give Nantes and its surroundings a new and intriguing facelift. The seventh year of the Voyage à Nantes will take place from 6 July to 1 September 2019. Here’s a sneak preview.
Details on the2020edition
Due to the measures taken on the French territory related to Covid-19, the Château des Ducs de Bretagne and the Machines de l'Ile de Nantes are currently closed, the exhibition of the Hab gallery did not open its doors on March 20 and the activities of Nantes tourism are suspended.
The official opening dates of the summer "Voyage à Nantes" were postponed from August 8 to September 27. Depending on the evolution of the situation, the works of the Permanent Journey (Inner Jungle, Sliding Landscape, ...) will be able to reopen as soon as the situation allows and new perennial works could enrich the landscape from July.
If the situation allows, a big reunion weekend would also take place on the weekend of September 26, bringing together La Nuit des tables de Nantes, La Nuit du Van (originally designed to mark the opening of the course), The Grand Marché des Pays de la Loire and the first concerts of the Indian Summer.
The Porte-Vue, the Château-Thébaud viewpoint designed by Emmanuel Ritz, which was to be inaugurated in June, could open to the public in September if construction schedules are possible.
Back to the 2019
Along a green line drawn on the ground, the Voyage à Nantes invites you to let yourself be guided, all year round, by a work of art that emerges at the bend of a street to a remarkable element of heritage; from the "must-see" of the destination to unknown treasures; from a historic alley to contemporary architecture; from an amazing view of the city to an incredible sunset on the Estuary. Summer is about forty stages that come back to life for a (re)discovery sensitive and poetic of Nantes.
The launch of the 2019 edition was given by the Nuit du VAN – Voyage à Nantes pour les intimes – on Saturday, July 6, starting at 6 p.m. Over the course of a few hours, the Yodel collective took over the course and offered hikers and curious people a new look at each of the stages. Museums in free entrance and at night, friendly rendezvous and other concerts were also on the program of this inaugural night.
Among the novelties for 2019 is Tadashi Kawamata’s ‘Belvedere de l’Hermitage’, installed at Butte Sainte-Anne. Visitors will step onto a wooden footbridge that appears to be set on a swallows’ nest – and get the feeling of jumping into the void as they experience a new perspective on the sky and the river.
Observant visitors will also notice Kawamata’s ‘nests’ on the facades of iconic buildings across the city, temporary sculptures evoking the shape of a nest that bring poetry to urban strolls.
On street corners, don’t miss Stéphane Vigny’s quirky signs. For 2019, two new institutions from Nantes have joined the Mirer project: the Katorza cinema will be adorned with the silhouette of famous actor Buster Keaton, while the Falbalas Saint-Junien millinery, the oldest store in Nantes, will be wearing an amazing green hat.
Art at the hotels
Nantes’ hotels are also playing the game with the temporary ‘Hotels et Faunes’ trail from videographer Pierrick Sorin, whose small optical theatres can be experienced at eight establishments across the city. The artist is staged in holographic skits related to the universe of each hotel.
The Artists’ Chambers programme is expanding with the creation of three new works by Makiko Furmichi, Justin Weiler and Karina Bisch, to be exhibited at the Hôtel Amiral, Hôtel de France and houseboat Le D’Oh respectively.
The Voyage à Nantes also extends outside the city limits, into the vineyards from Nantes to Clisson, and along the ‘Course Estuaire’ which offers cruises from Nantes to the port of Saint-Nazaire. During the crossing, you can admire works by international artists creating a dialogue with the landscape.
This year’s new additions will not outshine the Voyage à Nantes’ permanent works, some of which have become real emblems of Nantes – these include Paysage Glissé, the toboggan at the Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany, and Les Anneaux by Daniel Buren and Patrick Bouchain at the Quai des Antilles.