The Miyu Gallery showcases unseen works produced in the making of some beautiful independent and artistic animation work.
The creation of animation generates a lot of visual content that goes unseen by the larger world: paintings, storyboards, sketches and research, animation sheets, layouts and more. These are little works of art in their own right, and treating them as such is the Miyu Gallery, Europe's first gallery devoted to auteur animation.
Based in Paris, the gallery comes curated by Cécile Noesser, a co-ordinator of the Bruz-Rennes Métropole Animated Film Festival who brought her experience and contacts to the plate when working on the Miyu. She told us how the gallery came from her passion for preserving these artefacts of independent animation, and a desire to publicise cartoon work of the non-Hollywood and CGI bent.
"The idea of the gallery comes from my partner, the producer and founder of Miyu productions Emmanuel-Alain Raynal," she explains. "We are both thrilled by the amazing creativity of auteur animation, which is mostly seen in short movies.
"We regret that it's not known by a larger audience outside of the festival or specialised audience, and we want this art to be showcased in all its dimensions."
Hence the Miyu Gallery, with its exhibited artists all animation directors from France and beyond.
"They are true artists, illustrators and painters," Cécile says. "Their techniques or styles don't matter; we showcase digital art, but also paper cut, oil paintings and ink drawings. We chose well-recognised creators as well as young talents from any country, whose work is important for animation and art in general.
"Most of our artists are totally multidisciplinary, working either in film, illustration or contemporary arts, even through installations and performances," she continues. "They don't confine themselves to one field, so they should have a place dedicated to their art without restrictions of classification."
The Miyu opened in November last year, and with it Cécile and co have high hopes for it to long be a champion of the scene.
"I hope that the gallery will help animation auteurs to break the artificial boundaries which prevent them from a larger fame," she reveals.
"I also hope it helps the artists to be considered and well-known by the contemporary art field on one hand, and from the general and adult audience on the other hand. Animation art is a secret too well kept."