Deepen your knowledge of the museum…

The Loire Museum organizes, on the first Wednesday of the month at 6 pm, conferences whose themes are drawn in turn from the collections or temporary exhibitions.

Access is free, reservation required at 03 86 26 71 02.

The program for the coming weeks:

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 6pm

Conference room on the1st floor of the Palais de Loire (reservation required at 03 86 26 71 02)

Ver-Vert, a Nivernais hero, by J.-M. Roudier, Heritage Curator, Nièvre Departmental Council

When Jean-Baptiste Gresset, a young Jesuit of 24 years, circulated anonymously in 1734 some copies of his heroic-comic poem Ver-Vert or the Voyages du parroquet of the Visitation of Nevers, he did not foresee the phenomenal success and durability of the work. The story of this pious parrot, sent by the Visitandines of Nevers to their Nantes sisters on a water mark, on which it will lose its Latin in the rough contact of the sailors of the Loire, will nevertheless know a hundred editions, many translations, generate a rich imagery, inspire an operetta in Offenbach …

Symbol of a freedom of expression to be conquered and of this Regency spirit that persisted under the reign of Louis XV, Ver-Vert earned its author an immediate exclusion from the Society of Jesus, and a literary career that will see him academician, covered with honors. Nevers keeps alive the memory of this talkative and turbulent bird, who helped to shape the myth of the sailors of the great river, villains on earth, lords on the water. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 6pm

Loire Museum (reservation required at 03 86 26 71 02)

Visit-conference of the permanent rooms dedicated to the Loire and the exhibition "Reflections of earthenware", by the team of the Loire Museum

The earthenware of Nevers constitutes a real "book open on the Loire". If the river has largely contributed to the dissemination of this treasure of the Nivernais Heritage with the help of sailors, it is also at the origin of the most original and sought-after decorations. The emblematic blue of Nevers has thus magnified the Loire on these ceramic pieces that give pride of place to the small people of the Loire, to their beliefs and activities for the most part now gone. Sailors, fishermen, haulers, buoys, carpenters… animate the waves, the banks and the bridges, the patron saints bless the wealthy sponsors and the landscapes of the Loire are thus exported far from the Loire nivernaise which saw them born and inspired.

The Loire Museum invites you to leaf through this open book through guided tours of the Loire collections and the temporary exhibition Reflets de faïence. The museum team will accompany you alternately in three groups in the discovery of the themes dear to the potters of Nevers: trades, beliefs and navigation. You will also get acquainted with the techniques and history of ceramics by discovering the exceptional pieces gathered for the occasion in the exhibition.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 6pm

Conference room on the1st floor of the Palais de Loire (reservation required at 03 86 26 71 02)

The earthenware of Nevers decorated with the Loire, by J. Rosen, Director of Research Emeritus at the CNRS

Since the end of the 17th century and until the beginning of the19th century, the manufacturers of Nevers have made extensive use of the "Loire Navy" to sell their productions, and many earthenware, plates, salad bowls and pitchers still bear witness to this today.

The Musée de la Loire invites Jean Rosen, CNRS researcher, ceramics specialist and author of the 2-volume reference work "La faïence de Nevers" published by Editions Faton. The opportunity for him to return to the history of earthenware and the unbreakable links that existed between the Loire Navy and the earthenware makers. An unmissable event for all amateurs, collectors or simply curious about this treasure of the Nivernais Heritage highlighted by the temporary exhibition "Reflections of earthenware, the Loire for decoration".