Musée d'Orsay: Correspondences Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art

Correspondences Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art

The concept is straightforward: a contemporary artist is invited to choose an artwork in the museum collections and present one of his own alongside it. From the resulting dialogue arises the double possibility to perceive the collections in a new light and to make the continued modernity of the years 1848-1914 appear in a different perspective.

Christian Boltanski will install his shadow theatre, to be visible from the Museum's central aisle, behind the glass wall adorned by the big, Gare d'Orsay railway clock. At the same time, the zinc silhouettes of the Chat Noir, acquired by the Museum in 2003, will be on show in specially designed display cases.

The other invited artist, Joel Shapiro, will use vividly coloured geometric forms in wood to construct a monumental sculpture on the theme of dance, inspired by Carpeaux's celebrated sculpture on the same theme which was made to decorate the façade of Charles Garnier's Opéra building.

General curator

Serge Lemoine, President of the Musée d'Orsay


48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 20, Spring 2005
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux
€ 11

Exhibition catalogue
Correspondences 03. Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux / Joel Shapiro
Hazan / Musée d'Orsay
€ 13

Exhibition catalogue
Correspondences 04. Chat Noir / Christian Boltanski
Hazan / Musée d'Orsay
€ 13

12 April - 10 July 2005
Musée d'Orsay

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