Idem Paris is an 8-minute cinéma vérité-style documentary about Lynch’s favorite Parisian art studio, built in 1880 and previously frequented by the likes of Picasso, Miro, Cocteau and Matisse. David Lynch himself already created about 170 lithographs and engravings in the 2-story workshop located at 49, rue du Monparnasse in Paris.
Here’s Lynch’s introduction:
Hervé Chandès from the Fondation Cartier brought me over to Idem and introduced me to Patrice Forest. I see this incredible place, and I get the opportunity to work there. And this was like a dream! It just opened up this brand-new world of the lithography and the magic of lithography, the magic of the stones. And it was a great, great thing! This thing of lithography, this channel of lithography opened up and a bunch of ideas came flowing out and it led to about a hundred lithographs. I will say that Idem printing studio has a unique, very special mood, and it is so conducive to creating. Patrice has the greatest attitude for all the artists and he creates this space of freedom and this joy of creating. It’s so beautiful! And I think the place is very important—in other words, the same stone could be moved to another place, and I think that the work that comes out would be different. It’s a combination of the stone, the place, the people, this mood, and out comes these certain ideas.