Correspondences Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art

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

Publication

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

31 January - 30 April 2006
Musée d'Orsay

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