The Django Reinhardt Exhibition in Paris, France
Sometime around the end of 2011, I received an email from a person named Vincent Bessieres from Paris, France inquiring about my 1938 Levin Guitar. It turned out that he was the coordinator of an upcoming Django Reinhardt Exhibition to be held at the “Cite de la Musique” from October 2012 – January 2013 in Paris. He wanted to know if I would be interested in “loaning” the guitar to him for the duration of the exhibition. Of course I would never just box up the guitar and ship it over to France, but I would be in favor of delivering it in person. I did some research regarding Mr. Bessieres, and the Cite de la Musique to make sure this was the “real deal.” Indeed it was, Mr. Bessieres had a very impressive resume with regards to organizing large musical exhibitions. A deal was finally struck, insurance papers were signed, they paid for my flight, hotel, and some spending money. Off to Paris, France with the guitar in hand I went. I wasn’t supposed to take pictures during the opening of the exhibition, but I just couldn’t help myself.
Here is the Levin Guitar on Display…
I spent 5 fantastic days in Paris, France and had a great time sightseeing, and took tons of pictures. After the exhibition ended, I went back to Paris (by way of London) to pick up the guitar. The exhibition was a success, everyone was happy, and I got to see Paris and London for free!
Cite de la Musique – Django “Swing” Exhibition Handout