Dans l'encre des rêves

8 April to 30 September 2022

The installation at the Château de Châteaubriant

In her reading room, Françoise de Dinan has dozed off while reading a manuscript. On the writing desk, a bottle has tipped over, and black ink is slowly dripping onto the floor. Françoise de Dinan is dreaming...

By following the black ink, visitors are transported into an immersive installation, a world of poetic dreams. The scenery is populated by colourful plants, swirling phylacteries and hybrid creatures that have escaped from the manuscripts. The figures appear and then fade away on floating veils, brushing up against griffins, dragons and winged lions. The flowing ink gradually floods the space and overflows to the outside. Black ink and coloured ink, real and unreal, creatures and plants: the dream makes everything dance. An installation by Lucie Lom.

Video of the installation

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The Lucie Lom workshop

Lucie Lom is a workshop composed of Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Philippe Leduc, Elisa Fache and Isabelle Rabillon.

Philippe Leduc and Marc-Antoine Mathieu met at the School of Fine Arts in Angers in 1979, and were joined by Elisa Fache in 2011. The Lucie Lom workshop expresses their experiences and sensibilities in graphic design and scenography, and makes use of their ideas to transform the urban space.

Since 1984, under the name Lucie Lom, they have been presenting poetic and theatrical exhibitions. The Centre Pompidou, UNESCO, the Cité des Sciences, the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace du Bourget, the Musée de la Carte d'Issy-les-Moulineaux, the Musée de Bastia, and the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image d'Angoulême have recently commissioned exhibitions on art, aesthetics, science and history from Lucie Lom.

They are also authors of urban street art, in cities including Manchester, Saintes, Tourcoing, Katowice in Poland, Nantes, Les Auto fossiles for the Accroche-Coeurs d'Angers, Les Rêveurs in Angers, La Forêt suspendue for Lille 2004, Les Invites in Villeurbanne in 2011 and more. The transformed places are perceived and experienced differently by each individual, bringing a bit of fantasy and poetry into the urban landscape. Mindful of the sensitivity of passers-by and important cultural references, they create art installations that everyone can appreciate.

"We've grown a translucent forest in a church, transformed the great hall of La Villette into a dune illuminated by three moons, a theatre into an abandoned train station... We've suspended a forest from the clouds, made old cars emerge from the asphalt, moored dinghies and trawlers to balconies in Angers, and peeled off the façade of a Renaissance hotel like wallpaper. These metamorphoses that transform the public space elicit curiosity and invite passers-by to reflect on the cultural references. It's like a daydream come to life."

About the project Dans l'Encre des Rêves:

When we first visited the château de Chateaubriant a year ago, we fell in love with its history and architecture, the personality of Françoise de Dinan and the collections of manuscripts containing curious images. That's why our installation for the guard room features angels and demons, medieval and biblical figures, plants with colours that time has not altered, and sumptuous manuscript pages decorated with bright lettering. We hope the public will love it. Visitors journey through the dreams of Françoise de Dinan, populated by all the images that she came across while reading. Along the trail of flowing ink, they wander through imaginary lands where they meet a silver ermine, dazzling birds, astonishing colourful creatures, and the figure of a giant surrounded by stars whom we find endearing somehow.

Practical Information

Opening hours: 

  • Tuesday to Sunday
  • 10:30 am to 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm


  • All ages
  • Free admission, short tours and short workshops
  • Family workshops: €3 per participant

Contacts and booking: 

Château de Châteaubriant

Place Charles de Gaulle
44110 Châteaubriant

02 40 28 20 20

Contact by mail

Short Guided Tours

The docents will guide you through a library dating to the late Middle Ages. Françoise de Dinan (1436-1499), baroness of Châteaubriant, who was recognised for her knowledge and her great culture, became the governess of Anne of Brittany (1477-1514). The description of her library is an opportunity to present several manuscripts and printed works from the extensive collections of the Champs Libres Library in Rennes and the Dobrée Museum in Nantes.

  • Duration: 20 min.

Short Workshops

The manuscripts and printed works of the late Middle Ages are the direct ancestors of modern books. Through several fun hands-on experiments, you will learn more about how medieval books were made!

  • Duration: 20 min.

Family workshops

Ink and Quill

Medieval books are rare and precious objects that are admired for their decoration but also for their handwritten lettering. At the end of the Middle Ages, the textura quadrata dominated the art of calligraphy (which comes from the Greek "beautiful writing") thanks to its clarity and strong presence. It was widely used in the early days of printing. Using a quill and a little ink, try your hand at this type of calligraphy, a true symbol of the arts in the late Middle Ages.

  • Ages 6 and up
  • Duration: 75 minutes

In July and August: Tuesday to Sunday, at 4:00 pm


Colours and manuscripts - Illumination workshop

Participate in a workshop with artisans in costume from the Pigments et Vermeils workshop and learn how to paint the first letter of your name using pigments and gold.

  • Duration: 2h
  • Age 8 and up

Saturday 23 April / 11:00 am and 3:00 pm

Saturday, 16 July / 11:00 am and 3:00 pm


Related events

Demonstrations of Medieval book techniques

With the workshops Scriptoria Mina, Pigments et Vermeil and the association Amagraph

  • ILLUMINATIONS / Sun. 24 April / 10:30 am-1:00 pm and 2:00-6:00 pm
  • THE ILLUMINATOR WORKSHOP / Sat. 28 May / 11:00, 11:30, 12:00 and 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30 and 5:00 pm
  • BOOK BINDING / Dim. 29 May / 10:30 am-1:00 pm and 2:00-6:00 pm
  • BOOK PRINTING / Sat. 18 and Sun. 19 May / 10:30 am-1:00 pm and 2:00-6:00 pm
  • ILLUMINATIONS / Dim. 17 July / 10:30 am-1:00 pm and 2:00-6:00 pm
  • THE ILLUMINATOR WORKSHOP / Sat. 20 August / 11:00, 11:30, 12:00 and 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30 and 5:00 pm
  • BOOK BINDING / Dim. 21 August / 10:30 am-1:00 pm and 2:00-6:00 pm
  • ILLUMINATIONS, BOOK BINDING and THE ILLUMINATOR WORKSHOP / Sat. 17 and Sun. 18 Sept. / 10:30 am-1:00 pm and 2:00-6:00 pm

Free admission