Monday, January 30, 2006

The pairing of Contemporary Artists with Museum Masterpieces.

We need the Hirshhorn Museum or the Smitsonian American Art Museum to do something similar!

Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art
From January 31, 2006
to April 30, 2006

The concept is simple: a contemporary artist is invited to present one of their pieces alongside a work which they have selected from the Museum collections. The resulting dialogue enables the collections to be perceived in a new light and lends a fresh resonance to their lasting modernity.

Gustave Courbet, The Trout
Brice Marden, Extremes
The American artist Brice Marden has chosen The Trout by Gustave Courbet (1873), a painting which evokes the artist's imprisonment following his involvement in the Paris Commune. With its palpable sense of anguish, Courbet's painting far transcends the traditional role of the still-life. Marden, an outstanding figure of minimalist abstraction, is exhibiting his Extremes for the first time, a diptych in which space vibrates with layers of matter in a complex play of linear colour.

Edward Steichen, Balzac
Alain Kirili, One Toss of the Dice Will Never Abolish Sculpture
Fascinated by Rodin's energy; his dazzling sensual vigour and revelation of human passions, Alain Kirili has chosen a series of photographs of Balzac shot in Meudon by that champion of Pictorialism, Edward Steichen, and published in Camera Work in 1911. Finding in them a clear parallel with Rodin's masterpiece, Kirili is exibiting a group of six sculptures from his series Segou and Totems.

General curator
Serge Lemoine, President of the Musée d'Orsay, with the participation of Olivier Gabet, Curator, Musée d'Orsay

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