VIEW Festival
Fri 27 Feb – Sun 1 Mar 2015
Institut français, London


With the creation of the first festival of art history in the UK, inspired by the ground-breaking Festival de l’Histoire de l’Art in Fontainebleau, View and the Institut français set out to offer an inclusive, accessible and ambitious approach towards the discussion and study of art history.

Building on the success of the first edition of the festival in February 2014, which gathered over 3,500 visitors, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni in London is proud to announce the second edition of View, which comes back to London on 27–28 February & 1 March 2015.

Gathering inspiring guest-speakers from across Europe and hosting over forty events, View is an unmissable event for all art and art history lovers, specialists and amateurs alike.

The festival is built around three main themes, each of which includes a debate (c. 70 mins + Q&A), a conversation (c. 50 mins + Q&A), short talks (c. 30 mins + Q&A), special guided tours and a film screening.

The themes chosen for this second edition shine a light on the materiality of works of art – a key dimension of the study of art and an echo to the upcoming Festival de l’Histoire de l’Art in Fontainebleau, which will explore this topic on 29–31 May 2015 (Preserving & Restoring), question the notion of ‘avant-garde’ and innovation in art (Avant-Gardes & Precursors), and look at how art has both opposed and united civilisations (Defining Civilisations).

Whether you’re drawn to the Venus de Milo, Vermeer or Sonia Delaunay, join us at the Institut français and in some of London’s greatest museums to experience art history in a new way.

Discover the complete programme

Archive: 2014 edition


Book online or by phone (0207 871 3515).

Please RSVP to for all guided tours.

Debates & Conversations: £10, £8 (conc.), £5 (students)
Films: £12–8, £10–6 (conc.) depending on the screening – please refer to individual event listings.
Workshops for kids: £5

All other events are free to attend (visitors will be allowed in on the day on a first come, first served basis for these events) and in English.


Press enquiries: Brigette Manion, Flint PR (

Curators (Adélia Sabatini & Joséphine Seblon):

Natacha Antolini, Head of Marketing and Communication, Institut français:



How to get there?

Institut Français du Royaume-Uni
17 Queensberry Place
London SW7 2DT

Tel: 0207 871 3515
Tube: South Kensington (Piccadilly, Circle & District lines)
Bus: 14, 414, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, C1

Opening times

Friday: 6pm–10pm; Saturday: 11am–11pm


Festival commissioned by François Croquette, Cultural Counsellor & Director of the Institut français du Royaume-Uni

Curated by Adélia Sabatini & Joséphine Seblon


We’re delighted that View is back for a second edition, and are very grateful to the great speakers and thousands of visitors who helped make the inaugural festival in February 2014 such an inspiring time. For this new edition, we would particularly like to thank Jeremy O’Sullivan and the European Commission, Caterina Cardona and the Italian Cultural Institute in London, Eva Schmitt and the Goethe Institut, the team at the Institut français in London including Charlotte Saluard, Sarah Frappier, Michel Richard and Mahaut Le Lagadec, Thames & Hudson, Roger Thorp and Jane Wilsher, Catherine Robert, Neville Rowley and John-Paul Stonard, Kathryn Johnson, Marie Cambefort-Tavinor and Mattia Pozzoni, Thomas Marks, Jacky Klein, Alix de Torquat, Céline de Courlon, Jack Smurthwaite, Brigette Manion, Lavinia Harrington, Tiziana Zaino. We are also very grateful to the Association of Art Historians and all at universities across France and the UK who helped relay our student call for papers. And a special thank you to Arturo Galansino for his continued support and for helping make the festival truly festive.

We are also honoured and delighted to have been able to collaborate with the ICA, Leighton House, the Royal Academy, the Science Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Strawberry Hill House, Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wallace Collection and the Whitechapel Gallery.