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Launching | Boris Bergmann, The Analogues Mounts of René Daumal

The Foundation supports the publication of Les Monts Analogues by René Daumal, published by Gallimard under the direction of the author Boris Bergmann, and invites him to an evening of launch and signing in dialogue with the photographer Stéphanie Solinas.

Saturday, October 30th from 6pm 

Reservation required


Stéphanie Solinas is a photographer and artist.
Boris Bergmann is a writer and curator.
Together, they will come to the Fondation Thalie to present two books, as if they were mixing their words with an allied and friendly voice.

The first is Le Guide du Pourquoi Pas ? published in October 2020. In it, Stéphanie Solinas recounts her trip to Iceland, an island of invisible realities that the photographer will track down in an attempt to understand and bring to light. Published by Seuil, this guide proposes 13 “cerebral hikes” to meet the world of the dead, the afterlife, the existence of higher spirits…

The second is the first enlarged and illustrated reprint of Mont Analogue, René Daumal’s cult novel in which a masked mountain serves as a passageway between our world and the sky, between our lives and everything beyond us. Published under the direction of Boris Bergmann, by Gallimard, and with the support of Fondation Thalie and Fondation Luma, René Daumal’s Monts Analogues tells the story of the multiple posterity of a unique book. Patti Smith wrote the preface to this edition, which includes previously unpublished works by Daumal, interviews —  with Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky — essays, and the works of artists — of all ages, from all countries, and from all arts — who were inspired by Daumal’s text.

Together, Stéphanie Solinas and Boris Bergmann will read excerpts and blend one of the “cerebral walks” of the Guide du Pourquoi Pas ? with Daumal’s words and analogous visions.

Together, they will recount the genesis of these two books. For they were both born of a long, intense investigation, experienced as an intimate quest in search of an ever multiple truth and an ever infinite Mont Analogue.


Daumal’s work – and in particular his last book, Mont Analogue — has inspired cinema as much as the visual arts, photography as much as dance, literature as much as poetry. This new edition is accompanied by original documents and previously unpublished photographs from the collections of renowned institutions such as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Jacques Doucet Library, as well as from famous collectors such as Patti Smith, who has been collecting Daumal’s work for many years and has never before revealed it to the public-as well as texts specially written to shape a special, eclectic summary. This reprint accompanies the group exhibition Monts Analogues, Frac Champagne-Ardenne (September 16-December 23, 2021), which celebrates René Daumal’s influence on the creators of his time and on today’s artists.


Practical information

Online ticketing: reservation required – limited places for this event.
Price: 12€ / 5€* / Free**
*Job seekers, teachers, -26 years old, SMART members
** Students and children under 12 years old
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