Our 130 years

1886 – 2016
“Le Vieux Montmartre” celebrates its 130 anniversary !

On the occasion of its 130th anniversary, the Société d’Histoire et d’Archéologie Le Vieux Montmartre extends its long history of treasures and dynamic energy to a larger public. 
The goal is to seduce those already familiar with the Montmartre culture and those who are eager to discover its unsuspected treasures. 

Jean-François Balmer is the Sponsor of this exceptional event.  From Montmartre, a well-known actor and well-loved member of the community, and long time supporter of Le Vieux Montmartre.

Parallel to the press, in particular the press of Montmartre, retracing the saga of the Association will take place during the whole year .  Thanks to the creative energy of its volunteers, Le Vieux Montmartre is putting into place a program of diversified events to celebrate its 130th anniversary.

1 - A remarkable exhibition “Montmartre Notre histoire”

From July 4 to September 10, 2016
Mairie of the18th arrondissement

Produced in collaboration with the Mairie of the18th arrondissement, the exhibition narrates the story of the Butte, its cultural and social life, through the eyes of Le Vieux Montmartre, its love for this village and its struggles to protect its heritage. 

This voyage back in time, staged by Christophe Arnaud, is illustrated by numerous documents found in our archives.  From Montmartre or just in love with Montmartre, young or old, one will discover the charm of this historic village famous for its Moulin Rouge and its spectacles, the Morris pillars and its old posters, but also, a docu-fiction “Une vie à Montmartre”, the film of introduction to the visit of the Museum on rue Cortot that retraces the life of Montmartre through the eyes of Suzanne Valadon. 
The exhibition integrates the projection of a selection of films produced by the students of La Fémis, who is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. 

2 – An unpublished lecture “Montmartre Notre histoire” by Jean-Manuel Gabert

September 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Mairie of the18th  arrondissement

Organised in the framework of the events of the Cultural Centre of Le Vieux Montmartre, this lecture will be animated by several witnesses such as Gilbert Fleury, former administrator of the Association of artistic painters, who, as such, was a close collaborator of the architect Claude Charpentier. 

3 – The long-awaited projection of the film “Montmartre”

July 21 and September 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Mairie of the18th  arrondissement

Directed and produced by Philippe Cochinard, narrated by Jean-Manuel Gabert, this film recounts the history of the Butte from an oblique view and is enriched by unpublished archival documents.

4 – An innovative Journal-Poster

A journal that has the particularity to unfold and transform itself into a poster, in order to display illustrations of magazines from the end of the XIXth century and beginning of the XXth, that form part of the collection of Le Vieux Montmartre
The launching of No. 0 will take place during the second semester.

5 – A special historical issue of our Bulletin

To publish a Bulletin “Montmartre Notre histoire” telling the story of the Société Le Vieux Montmartre from its creation to our day.
Thus, all who are interested in our Association from near or far, will have the possibility to discover, in the slightest detail, the primordial role that Le Vieux Montmartre played and still plays in the constitution and protection of the patrimony of Montmartre’s culture and architecture. 

6 – “Montmartre saves Montmartre”, a surprising film of our history

The narration of the history of Le Vieux Montmartre also tells the history of the Butte.  Such is the aim of this audio-visual production initiated by Pascal Drapier, which will demonstrate the vigilance and the implication of the Association in the safeguard of the patrimony of Montmartre.
The historic, literary and pictorial archives of Le Vieux Montmartre assembled in the Museum rue Cortot, will illustrate this documentary punctuated with films and archival images, but also with interviews of our great witnesses. 

7 – Discover “Le Vieux Montmartre”

  • on Wikipedia, in June

  • on Gallica of the BNF site.  You will find all the Bulletins published by the Association since 1886.  These publications are testimonies of the socio-cultural life of the Butte Montmartre.  The Gallica BNF offers an international visibility for all public.  The project will be achieved in 2017. 
    BNF Gallica:  http://gallica.bnf.fr/html/und/societe-le-vieux-montmartre


Numerous volunteers are participating in this “Operation 130 years” and we can salute their involvement! 
Jean-Manuel Gabert, president of the Association Le Vieux Montmartre and Chantal Bodère, coordinator of the 130th anniversary event, working with:  Claire Arasse, Christophe Arnaud, Jean-Michel Buck, Catherine Charrière, Emmanuelle Diethelm, Isabelle Ducatez, Stéphanie Gorceix, Alain Letoct, Patricia Nebenzahl, Isabelle Pépin, Yvette Renoux, Catherine Rousseau, Eric Sureau, Jean-Marc Tarrit, Michèle Trante, Yvette Vouhé.


News of the Association

Les amis du musée d’Orsay, Art et Histoire, le musée de la vie romantique, FR3
for a better knowledge of the Association Le Vieux Montmartre,
Le Ciné 13, for a friendly collaboration,
Lire Autrement for a friendly collaboration, Stanislavski Russian association, and others…

have worked with the Cultural Centre in 2015 and will continue in 2016.

Thank you for your participation in our Cultural Centre for our mutual benefit.


News of the Museum

• Exhibition Hôtel Demarne et Bel Air

• Artists in Montmartre from Steinlen to Satie 1870-1910
From 24 April 2016 to 30 September 2016



© Photo Jean-Pierre Ducatez / Création Christophe Arnaud.

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