Photographs from De long en large Ladakh by Jean Mansion - Édition Findakly. Copyright Lise Mansion


If the traveler and explorer is well known, other aspects of her life are much less known.

In the course of lectures we will address two of them.

Wednesday, September 22 at 4pm:

His career as an opera singer

She was a singer and wrote a book The Great Art about the life of a singer, the first part of which is obviously her experience.

She also wrote the libretto for an opera Lidia that her lover at the time Jean Hautstont set to music and that she sang. Samuel Thévoz , Doctor of Letters from the University of Lausanne, associate researcher at the University Sorbonne nouvelle - Paris 3 / UMR 7172 THALIM, who participated in the edition of Grand Art will comment on her career.

Frédérique Varda and Jean Goyetche recorded an excerpt from Lidia, which has never been edited.

This excerpt will be screened in the presence of the two singers who will comment on it.

Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis who wrote a book Alexandra David-Néel - 100 years of adventure and made a film about her will participate in this conference.

Thursday, September 23 at 4pm:

Ses engagements politiques

Feminist, anarchist and freemason Alexandra David Néel has been deeply involved in various struggles.

Christine Roux, Doctor of Letters, will talk about her involvement in Freemasonry.
Nicolas Eprendre will discuss her relationship with Elysée Reclus and anarchy.
Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis will talk about her feminist struggle.
Master Emmanuel Pierrat, who is familiar with Freemasonry in India, will discuss this aspect. The Maharaja of Sikkim, a great friend of Alexandra David-Néel, belonged to a lodge in Calcutta.

These two conferences will be held at :

Centre Tchèque

18, rue Bonaparte.

Access will be primarily reserved for members of the association and the sanitary rules imposed according to the context will be respected.

A life, an epic, a comic book

Continuing our cycle

Make way for the young!

We leave our picture rails at the disposal of

Nicolas Agnez-Samson
Agnez Art Gallery - Galerie Nomade

to present comic books dedicated to Alexandra David-Néel from 9 to 25 September.

He will be exhibiting unique Premium prints and watercolours in the presence of artist Fred Campoy (Scriptwriter and Draughtsman). Mathieu Blanchot (Draughtsman and Colourist) will unfortunately not be able to be with us.

Opening on Thursday 9 September at 6 pm.

This exhibition is made in collaboration with the gallery-library Traits d'esprits 35, rue Bonaparte.

Two conferences on Alexandra David-Néel are organised at the Centre Tchèque - 18 rue Bonaparte at 4pm on 22 and 23 September, focusing on two lesser-known aspects of her life:

- His career as an opera artist
- Her involvement in freemasonry, anarchism and feminism. alex


We had the pleasure of visiting the magnificent collection donated by Martine and Léon Cligman, exhibited at the Musée d'Art Moderne de Fontevraud, where we found a few pieces from our collection. The quality of the pieces on display and the scenography justify a visit.


GB OppitzShamans of the blind country


His legendary publication

Morphologie der Schamanentrommel

was originally published in German.

It has just been translated and published as

Shamans of the blind country
A picture book from the Himalaya

Professor Oppitz will present and sign the book at the Toit du Monde on the afternoon of September 1st.

Rouv livre MacdoRECIT DE VIE

By Alexander W. Macdonald

Anne Vergati has just published a manuscript by Alexander W. Macdonald.

Its sub-title "From Indian Army fighter to Himalayan ethnologist" gives a glimpse into parts of the life of this great researcher that are not well known.

On October 7, 2021, the presentation will take place at the Galerie Le Toit du Monde.




affiche hommage JLCHomage to Jean-Luc Cortes

Traveler, dealer, collector and self-taught researcher

Jean-Luc Cortes' contribution to the study of Western Nepalese art

par le Dr David C. Andolfatto

September 7, 2021 - 6:30 pm at Le Toit du Monde Gallery

This tribute evening will present the work of Jean-Luc Cortes for the recognition of the arts of Western Nepal. Jean-Luc Cortes, who passed away in July 2021, remains to this day one of the few Himalayan art dealers and collectors to have gone into the field, not (to our knowledge) to collect objects, but to better understand their cultural context. It is partly through the book La Statuaire Primitive de l'Ouest du Népal, published in 2011 but remained very confidential, that we will evoke the arts of this little known region of Nepal, their perception since the middle of the XXe century as well as the scientific contribution of this passionate Nepalese.