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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Exhibition at the Musée de Carouge «Ma vie de Courgette, on vous dit tout!»

In mid-May, I visited the new exhibition at the Musée de Carouge “Ma vie de Courgette, on vous dit tout!” which runs until 20 August 2017.

I loved it a lot. It was a rainy and grey day, but I do think that the sun always seems to shine down on Carouge, no matter what the weather is doing. This neighbourhood is a “must see”, just like this museum which exhibits works of local artists.

I went all by myself to learn more about the film by Claude Barras “My Life as a Zucchini”, a worldwide success which has won many major cinematographic awards.

The exhibition presents the “backstage” of this Franco-Swiss production. Step by step, the exhibition reveals the construction of this animation film shot using the technique of stop-motion. It makes us understand by showing us the  production process: storyboard, sketches, costumes, sets, puppets and so on...

In the hall of the museum, a large panel with the main characters of the cartoon. There is a description of each one below.

Who is Courgette? 
Courgette (or Zucchini) was nicknamed Courgette by his deceased mother. He is nice, but doesn’t let anyone tread on his toes. He is a little boy with big eyes and blue hair who, having become orphaned, is placed in an orphanage named the Foyer des Fontaines. Gradually he conquers the whole planet!

The success of the film lies in its sincerity and poetry. The tenderness and humour of the different characters shine through.  Although dark and sad at the beginning, it shows the adaptability of the hero and his friends as well as their optimism.

The author’s message is: “My life as a Zucchimi is a tribute to all children who are alone or in difficulty, with hope as the key.” 

We can see various drawings and scale models.



Ahmed: is a kind boy. He was placed in the home after his father committed a hold-up and his mother abandoned him.

Aunt Ida: Camille’s aunt is a vulgar, lying and selfish woman.

Madame Papineau: the Director of the Foyer des Fontaines, has severe airs, but she proves to be of great generosity.


Office of Mme Papineau.

Rosy: a dynamic, jovial, generous and protective educator! The children will learn that she has a lover and that she has just become a mum.

Gendarme Raymond: a policeman with a big heart.

The canteen of the Foyer des Fontaines.

The boys’ dormitory in the Foyer des Fontaines.


Classroom at the Foyer des Fontaines. 

Chalet in the mountains.


Walls of a room.



Foyer des Fontaines, seen from the outside.

Musée de Carouge
Place de Sardaigne 2
1227 Carouge

Entrance Free
Tuesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00

36 comments:

  1. RT, you are so good at visiting pretty exhibitions and photographing them and sharing them! What a fun exhibition to visit! So many cute scale models! I'll try to pay a visit :D

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    1. "My Life as a Zucchini" exhibition is definitely worth a visit.
      Thanks Rebecca for always supporting and reading my blog posts.

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  2. J'y suis allée deux fois avec mes enfants. Nous avons beaucoup aimé cette exposition, c'était vraiment très amusant et intéressant. Gros bisous <333

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    1. Oui, les gamins adorent cette exposition et les animations multimédia... Bises et bon weekend à venir.

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  3. What an interesting exhibition. I love the imagination that has gone into the figures.

    My Life as a Zucchini sounds like a great children's film.

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    1. Hello Brian! Although we are adults, this is a good exhibition for us too, I think this one is worth a visit.

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  4. I love your pictures of the sets, Reader's Tales. An interesting exhibition

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    1. Thank you so much. Arthur! That's nice to hear that you loved my photos of the sets.

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    1. Enquanto isso, você pode ver o filme, que ganhou muitos prêmios internacionais.

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  6. I haven't seen this animation film, but your review of this exhibition and your excellent photos have certainly convinced me that I should watch it.

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    1. Hello Cresta Bear! I always enjoy your comments Thanks for checking out the updates regularly!! "My Life as a Zucchini" exhibition is definitely worth a visit.

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  7. What an interesting exhibition! And I am surprised that they allowed you to take pictures..
    Have a great day!

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    1. Definitely an interesting exhibition! They know me well enough to trust me... That said, they have been very kind to me.

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  8. Oh, that sounds amazing and so fun!!
    What a lovely exhibition to visit! The small-scale models look so pretty too! The message that the author wants to convey through the story is probably my favorite part! Lol

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    1. Charles, thank you so much - you just made my day!

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  9. Love your little excursions. This looks very interesting and I'm glad I got to take a look at it through you. Have a great upcoming weekend!

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    1. Thanks a million, Monica! Have a great weekend ahead :)

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  10. Thanks for the great post! Have a nice day)

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  11. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :) xx

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  12. I have heard of the movie. Now you have made me want to see it! What a wonderful day you must have had there.

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    1. Yes Judy, I was enchanted by this exhibition :)

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  13. Não vi o filme!...
    As personagens parecem tão expressivas! Cada uma reflectindo muito bem a sua personalidade!
    Agora fiquei com curiosidade sobre o mesmo... pois passa uma mesnsagem lindíssima!
    Os cenários do filme são uma ternura...
    Adorei esta partilha! Beijinhos! Bom fim de semana!
    Ana

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    1. É mesmo uma ternura este filme. Se tiver a oportunidade veja, pois sei que você vai gostar. Beijinhos :)

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  14. I don't know the film but I like these characters. Very distinct eyes, and artwork. thanks for sharing your museum tour with us!

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    1. My pleasure, Susan! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  15. Très original le nom de cette exposition ! Je la découvre grâce à toi et elle a l'air vraiment amusante. Bisous :)

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    1. Ohhh ça me va droit au cœur. Merci beaucoup pour ton gentil mot, Caro :)

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