Les Voix de la Vallée

Jean-Philippe Toussaint and Jean-Michel Brochen

From football to the Tour de France, what can we say about sport?

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About the night class

As part of the exhibition The Valley by Fabrice Hyber, the Fondation Cartier invites Jean-Philippe Toussaint, writer, and Jean-Michel Brochen, associate editor of L'Équipe Magazine, to participate in the Voices of the Valley evening class series. Within the exhibition spaces, the two guest speakers discuss the hypotheses proposed by Fabrice Hyber in his paintings before a live audience.

Over the course of this evening, taking inspiration from Hyber’s works like Polyptyque du sport and POF n° 65 Ballon Carré, Jean-Philippe Toussaint and Jean-Michel Brochen will discuss sport in all its facets, through the prisms of journalism and literature: “from football to the Tour de France, what can we say about sport?”

This live discussion will be broadcast simultaneously on the websites of the Fondation Cartier and *Duuu Radio, and in the form of podcasts via the main platforms.

With the participation of:

  • Picture © Madeleine Santandrea.
    Jean-Philippe Toussaint

    Jean-Philippe Toussaint was born in Brussels in 1957. He is a writer, filmmaker, and photographer. His first novel, La Salle de bain, was published in 1985. He is the author of some twenty books published by Éditions de Minuit. He won the Prix Médicis in 2005 for Fuir and the Prix Décembre in 2009 for La Vérité sur Marie. He has dedicated two books to football, La Mélancolie de Zidane and Football. His novels have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has made four feature films for the big screen, including La Patinoire in 1999, and has presented photo exhibitions all over the world. In 2012, he presented the LIVRE/LOUVRE at the Louvre, an exhibition combining photographs, videos, and installations that “evoke the book without going through the written word”. His latest publication is called L’instant précis où Monet entre dans l’atelier (Minuit, 2022).

  • Picture © Bernard Papon L'Équipe.
    Jean-Michel Brochen

    Jean-Michel Brochen is the associate editor and a columnist with L’Équipe Magazine. Following studies in law and journalism, he began his career in the press with the Télégramme de Brest before writing for other publications like Sud-Ouest, Le Monde, La Tribune, and the AFP press agency. After a spell with the weekly publication Le Sport, he started writing freelance articles for L’Équipe in 1993, and joined the Alinéa press agency in 1995, and the Magazine France-Football in 1996, where he worked for fifteen years in various capacities: reporter and associate editor. Following time in the editions department of L’Équipe, he later joined the Magazine. Over the course of his career as a sports journalist, he has covered two editions of the Olympic Games, four World Cups, and three European Football Championships, as well as the Tour de France. Jean-Michel Brochen is the author or co-author of several books on football, cycling, and basketball.

Practical information

Additional information

Thursdays at 7pm.
Estimated duration: 1 hour.
Discussions in French.
Free seating within the limit of available spaces.
Access to the classroom where the evening class is held upon presentation of the exhibition ticket.
This ticket includes access to the evening class on the date chosen when booking, as well as entry to the exhibition that same day from 5pm.
The evening classes are broadcast live on the websites of the Fondation Cartier and *Duuu Radio, before being made available in the form of podcasts.
Latecomers will not be allowed access to the event so as not to disturb the speakers or interfere with the audio recording. We thank the audience in advance for their punctuality.

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