Yvelines: these children are bringing their town into the round of the Olympic Games

Yvelines: these children are bringing their town into the round of the Olympic Games
Yvelines: these children are bringing their town into the round of the Olympic Games


Marie Vermeersch

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May 24, 2024 at 3:20 p.m.

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Highlight the cultural and artistic heritage of Neauphle-le-Château (Yvelines), this is one of the missions of the municipality’s tourist office. At its head, Françoise Cargemel, who has another string to her bow since she was a plastic arts teacher.

On his initiative, a traveling exhibition on the Olympic Games in connection with the painter Robert Delaunay was put together with students from the city’s schools.

Robert Delaunay, the painter of sport

“In December, I met Eve Kehn and Véronique Blain, the directors of the nursery and elementary schools,” says Françoise Cargemel. During the discussion, I told myself that we could work together around their school project based on the study of three artists, including Robert Delaunay (1885-1941). »

An internationally recognized artist and buried with his wife Sonia, also a painter, in Gambais. Exhibited at the Center Pompidou, in Paris, Robert Delaunay saw electricity arrive in Paris or the construction of the Eiffel Tower. He is the painter of modernity, speed, light, but also sport.

“In his works, we find his favorite form, the circle. Multicolored circles are recurring there. Hence the idea, with the approach of the Paris Olympic Games, to create a work linking his work to the Olympic rings, drawing inspiration from his painting entitled “Rhythm, Joy of Living”. »

Françoise Cargemel, president of the Neauphle-le-Château tourist office

Multicolored discs and tealight holders

From February to May 2024, 191 students from the Émile-Serre primary school, accompanied by their teachers as well as Françoise Cargamel and Érika Brière, a Neauphlean painter, set to work to create more than 100 multicolored wooden discs, echoing the painting of Robert Delaunay .

The project, titled “Joy of life — Olympic flame”allowed the children to work on different disciplines in addition to art, like geometry for example. Educationally, it was adaptable to programs from CP to CM2. Kindergarten children made around a hundred tealight holders to symbolize the Olympic flame.

“Lighting the Flame”

On May 3, 2024, it was a day of celebration for the “lighting of the flame” ceremony in the school yard. With a beautiful scenography allowing you to discover the alignment of the multi-colored discs.

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They were placed on their striped support (gardening pots painted black and white reminiscent of Buren’s columns). The students formed the five Olympic rings.

Then came the lighting of the flame by the children of the kindergarten with their tealight holders, all punctuated by the music of Boléro by Ravel, another illustrious neighbor. The musician owned a house in Montfort l’Amaury.

Françoise Cargemel, the president of the Neauphle-le-Château tourist office (Yvelines), worked with teachers and children from the town’s schools to create a traveling exhibition around the work of the painter Robert Delaunay and the Games Olympics. ©Marie Vermeersch

An exhibition that travels

This project is not limited to schools, the objective being that all Neauphléans benefit from it. “The idea was that it would take the form of an in situ and traveling exhibition,” explains Françoise Cargemel.

Until May 23, 2024, it was visible in the town hall garden before being installed since Friday May 24, 2024 in the park of the house of tennis. She is then expected at the Square de Docteur Bertrand and the Jardin Saint-Martin.

“The exhibition can take different forms. We work together with town hall officials to define which installation for which location? Roaming allows you to get as close as possible to all Neauphléans. »

Françoise Cargemel, president of the Neauphle-le-Château tourist office

A beautiful partnershipt, therefore, between the tourist office, National Education, the agents of the town hall of Neauphle-le-Château and the painter Robert Delaunay. “A participatory project of which we are proud! »

The traveling exhibition schedule. Until June 7, 2024: park of the Jeu de Paume house. From June 10 to 20, 2024: Square du Docteur Bertrand. From June 20 to July 5, 2024: Saint-Martin garden.

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