"J'arrive, j'aime, je m'en vais"
About the installation
Emblematic writer on exotism, Pierre Loti was also the youngest member to enter the French Academy in 1891. A naval officer, dandy voyager and director of his own life, Loti enjoyed paradoxes.
In this installation there is no question of presenting all facets of Loti's personality. Only a few aspects of his character have been chosen; those which most specifically relate to particular themes: the western view of other civilisations, the relationship maintained with them and the uncommon figure of the exotic dandy.L'installation est articulée autour de sept thématiques :
The installation is based around seven themes:
- Loti the actor, which shows Pierre Loti wearing three different costumes that resume the facets of his character.
- Childhood: the unmoving journey, the "museum of childhood", two collections that explain the origins of Loti's naval career.
- The voyage of the Flore, entering the exotic, which evokes the discovery by Loti of three Polynesian cultures: those of Easter Island, the Marquesas Islands and Tahiti.
- Crowned friends, which examines the relationships of Loti with high society.
- The myth of the sailor, a central character in Loti's maritime novels.
- Loti and the Orient which shows two aspects of Loti through the Islamic world and Egypt.
- The last voyage, which concludes the installation, evoking Loti's fascination with death.