Histoires Croisees

A celebration of German-French Day of Friendship

12 - 24 August 2014
Alliance Française, Eildon Gallery
Free admission

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Agreement and the German-French friendship, the Goethe-Institut in Paris and the Institut Français have commissioned the artist, Cordula Treml to create the photographic exhibition “Histoires croisées – German-French couples”.

The individual works of the exhibition portray varied German-French relationships. Ordinary people as well as well-known personalities from the worlds of culture, politics and business have found their way into this unique exhibition. Although these couples are very different from each other, the one thing they have in common is that they view themselves as part of the European community which is based on such personal relationships. They are aware that this community is strengthened by their individual relationships.

Very much in the spirit of the close friendship between Germany and France, the 50 works of the exhibition will be presented at both the Goethe-Institut and the Alliance Française in Melbourne. Each photograph shows one German-French couple and is accompanied by the personal stories behind the picture.

Part two of Histoires Croisées will be shown at the Goethe-Institut, 448 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne from 11 August to 05 September 2014.

Download the PDF file of the entire photo exhibition.


Le 22 janvier 1963, le Général de Gaulle et le Chancelier Adenauer signaient un traité de coopération destiné à sceller la réconciliation entre la France et la République Fédérale d'Allemagne - Photo : (c) MAEE

Élysée Treaty also known as the Treaty of Friendship, was established by Charles de Gaulle of France and Konrad Adenauer of Germany in the Salon Murat of the Élysée Palace on January 22, 1963 for reconciliation between the two countries. With it, Germany and France established a new foundation for relations that ended centuries of rivalry between them.

The treaty called for consultations between France and West Germany on all important questions and an effort to come to a common stance. Regular summits between high-level officials were also established.

Among the direct consequences of the Treaty are the creation of the Franco-German Office for Youth (l'Office franco-allemand pour la jeunesse/Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk), the creation of Franco-German high schools and the twinning between numerous French and German towns, schools and regions.

The first meeting between the two heads of state took place at the private home of General de Gaulle at Colombey-les-Deux-Églises in September 1958. Since then French and German heads of state have kept up this strong relationship.

Further ressources regarding the Elysee Treaty:

This exhibition is the inaugural celebration of the Franco-german friendship day in Melbourne and is:

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