Contemporary artists at the Louvre. As a consequence of the strengthened partnership between the Louvre and the FIAC, and in collaboration with cultural Department of the Jeu de Paume, three musical performances, in the Auditorium and the Cour Napoleon, honor the alternative approaches of three artists at the intersection of visual arts and music: Tony Conrad, Rodney Graham and Jeremy Deller.
In October 2008, as a consequence of the strengthened partnership between the Louvre and the FIAC, and in collaboration with cultural Department of the Jeu de Paume, Auditorium du Louvre will host a new series of events involving the participation of contemporary artists. Entitled “Ouvertures/Openings”, this series explores current performance trends.
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Three musical performances, in the Auditorium and the Cour Napoléon, thus honor the alternative approaches of three artists at the intersection of visual arts and music: Tony Conrad, Rodney Graham and Jeremy Deller.
The work of Tony Conrad, a composer, violinist and experimental filmmaker, focuses on sensations, enveloping the listener in a blanket of sound, accompanied by hypnotic projections, thus inspiring a variety of perceptions and ideas. As Conrad always designs his musical and light performances for specific venues—here the Louvre’s Auditorium constructed by I. M. Pei—the artist creates a unique experience.
Rodney Graham, also known for his works on film as well as his sound and video installations, will perform in a rock concert with The Rodney Graham Band, making a rare appearance in France.
Jeremy Deller, co-initiator of the Folk Archive, a collection celebrating contemporary folk art in the United Kingdom, will present an evening of Acid Brass in the Cour Napoléon, a musical piece that has now attained mythical status, a fusion of acid house anthems created by the artist in collaboration with and performed by the Fairey Brass Band. In conjunction with the outdoor concert, the artist will present a program of video projections in the Auditorium.
Following the exhibition “Picasso/Delacroix”, to be presented at the Louvre from October 2008 to February 2009, in connection with the exhibition “Picasso et les maîtres” and with a view to delving once again into the rich mine of confrontations between contemporary artists and earlier masters, in February 2009 the museum will host an exhibition by the Franco-Chinese painter Yan Pei Ming. The artist will present several monumental paintings emulating and encouraging comparisons with the abiding reference for American abstract painting, namely outsized mural paintings. Using this approach, Yan Pei Ming will attempt, through his own canvases, to convey his singular perspective on certain masterpieces exhibited at the Louvre. In extending an invitation to this artist, the Louvre reveals its increasing interest in contemporary works inspired by earlier masters. Furthermore, as an initiative reflecting its wish to provide greater recognition for conceptual art, the Louvre, in association with its partner institution, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, has commissioned a work to be created specifically for the museum by Joseph Kosuth, an American artist who has been invited to create a number of exhibitions within traditional museums, and to whom we owe the sculpture in honor of Champollion commissioned by the city of Figeac in 1991.
Lastly, Marcelline Delbecq has been selected to create this season’s visual identity for the “Louvre Jeunes” card, available to youths between the ages of 18 and 26. For the design, the artist has chosen a detailed view of a painting by Pierre-Narcisse Guérin, Portrait of a Young Girl, which she has associated with a sentence inspired by the often paraphrased quote from Plato: “Since beauty is also in the eye of the beholder”. The figure depicted, in its delicateness and its inaccessibility, evokes an ideal of beauty. Above all, the viewer is confronted with the desire to behold.
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