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Dinner with Robbe-Grillet in Naples – World Premiere Screening at La Napoule Art Foundation


Dinner with Robbe-Grillet in Naples

World Premiere Film Screening and Round Table Discussion

Monday, October 10, 2022 at 3:00 pm
La Napoule Art Foundation
Château de la Napoule
Avenue Henry Clews
06210 Mandelieu-la-Napoule
+33 4 93 49 95 05

“Guided by Wayne Koestenbaum’s inspired commentary, we watch as the forms of Rothbart’s sculptures illuminate the precarious beauty of our world and entangle themselves, elegantly, in themes that range from the nature of time to the allure of melancholy… An astonishing film.”

-Carter Ratcliff
Contributing Editor: Art in America

“This short film is a gem – a rare insight into a personal and artistic union–the ‘sacred stuff’ of a lasting bond between two like-minded artists and writers – in focus here, Daniel Rothbart and the film’s narrator Wayne Koestenbaum.”

-David Ebony
Contributing Editor: Art in America

Dinner with Robbe-Grillet in Naples

USA (Concept: Daniel Rothbart) — Artist, poet, and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum explores interplay between artist Daniel Rothbart’s oeuvre, the Nouveau Roman, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Delphine Seyrig, Marguerite Duras, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and revenant Surrealism. Documentary. Cast: Wayne Koestenbaum. Cinematography: Alan Raymond. 26:00.

Daniel Rothbart // Director and Editor

Daniel Rothbart is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer. From October 13 through November 26, 2022, sixteen of Rothbart’s digital collages and a kinetic sculpture will be on view at the Galerie Depardieu in Nice. Rothbart holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. He is the author of three books. Rothbart’s work can be found in public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Learn more about his work here.

Wayne Koestenbaum // Writer and Narrator

Wayne Koestenbaum, an American writer and artist, has published 22 books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, two of which have been translated into French: Anatomie de la folle lyrique (Philharmonie de Paris), and Humiliation (Climats/Flammarion). He received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature in 2019. He is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Learn more about his work here.

Alan Raymond // Cinematographer

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alan Raymond is among America’s most distinguished documentary producer-directors whose work has changed the landscape of American television. Alan and Susan Raymond’s films are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Paley Center for Media, The Bibliotheque Nationale de France and have been screened at The Tate Museum in London and as well as art galleries throughout Europe and the United States. Learn more about Alan’s work here.

La Napoule Art Foundation

An historic museum and vibrant arts center perched on the French Riviera, the Château de La Napoule is the primary facility of the La Napoule Art Foundation. This majestic compound, restored over a century ago by a pair of American artists, is now the serene setting for residencies, workshops and contemporary art exhibitions.

Marie Clews founded La Napoule Art Foundation in 1951 in memory of her husband, a prolific sculptor. It was her dream to create an international center for the arts at the Château that would promote cultural exchange and understanding.

“Art is a peaceful and spiritual occupation and must flourish brightly to offset the horrors of war and maintain the balance of the human mind.”

– Marie Clews

For over sixty years, LNAF has hosted performances, residencies and exhibitions at the Château de La Napoule by artists the world over. In the last decade, LNAF has expanded its impact by hosting exhibitions and community outreach programs in the United States, as well as in France. La Napoule Art Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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