Correspondences Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art

The concept consists of inviting a contemporary artist to present one of his or her pieces alongside a work which this artist has 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.


Paul Gauguin, Maison du Jouir Robert Mangold, Column Structure I
Robert Mangold, an American artist born in 1937 and influenced by Newman and Rothko, is conscious of the primary influence of Abstract Expressionism on his work. He raises the question of monumentality in painting and the immediacy of its impact: its presence has an immediate effect: radiating in an unusual way, provoking an expansion of the actual space of the canvas into the space that surrounds it. Whereas minimalism may be defined as a radical restriction of the artist's gesture, giving prominence again to the intellectual character of the idea, Mangold always offers a more complex reality where the primacy of painting and a serene monumentality come together. By opening new possibilities for painting – a renewed liberty, – Mangold constantly places perception at the heart of his work, rejecting demonstrative effects by using a strict economy of means.

Mangold has chosen the wood carving of the Maison du Jouir (1901) made by Gauguin for his studio in Atuana, Tahiti, as a reference for the architectural accomplishment of this work.


Quartier de l'Opéra
Annette Messager, Les Mystères de Paris
Since the early 1970s, Annette Messager has been developing a demanding body of work which enables her to show the different facets of her identity.

Autobiographical details are the essence of her work and art is seen as the means to put across an individuality, Annette Messager the "trickster" or "collector"...

Rejecting all concepts and theories, her work echoes with ideas of surprise, of the weight of irony and distance, of her desire to tell a story, of her relationship with childhood, of her fascination for darkness and of the sudden appearance of unreality in the commonplace.

The model of the Opéra area chosen by Annette Messager reflects her attachment to the idea of circulation; the work denies all previous genius loci and generates its own space. The artists plays on changes in scale, peoples with new beings a part of the city, both immense and minute, with ghostly streets, empty and disquieting, a possible setting for a fantastic tale…


General curator
Serge Lemoine, President of the Musée d'Orsay, in conjunction with Olivier Gabet, curator, Musée d'Orsay


Publications
Gauguin/Robert Mangold
Joint publication Editions Argol/Musée d'Orsay
paperback, 64 pages
bilingual French and English edition
13 euros

Quartier de l'Opérea/Annette Messager
Joint publication Editions Argol/Musée d'Orsay
paperback, 64 pages
bilingual French and English edition
13 euros

Forthcoming Correspondances:
Paul Cézanne, The pont de Maincy / Jeff Wall
Claude Monet, Cathédrale de Rouen / François Morellet
17 October, 2006 to 14 January, 2007

Vincent van Gogh, La chambre de l'artiste / Charles Sandison
Vincent Feugère des Forts, La mort d'Abel / Pierre et Gilles
20 February to 20 May, 2007

Publications

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

Exhibition catalogue
Correspondences 09. Paul Gauguin / Robert Mangold
Argol / Musée d'Orsay
€ 13

Exhibition catalogue
Correspondences 10. Quartier de l'Opéra / Annette Messager
Argol / Musée d'Orsay
€ 13

30 May - 3 September 2006
Musée d'Orsay

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