The principle is to invite a contemporary artist to choose a work from the museum and present one of his or her own works beside it. The dialogue between the two creates the double possibility of seeing the collections in another light and giving a different resonance to their surprisingly topical modernity.
Edouard Manet, The Balcony
Anne Sauser-Hall, The Balcony (after Manet)
The Swiss artist, Anne Sauser-Hall, is particularly interested in the challenge of representation and in 2001 she began to work with video. She was strongly influenced by the works of Manet, whose theatricality, taste for disguise and distancing are almost inexhaustible sources of renewal and inspiration. Without copying the reality of the paintings, she extracts gestures, movements, or a moment in time with rare subtlety and whimsy. In response to the Musee d'Orsay's invitation, Anne Sauser-hall chose The Balcony (1868-1869) by Manet as the starting point for a new work.
Vincent Feugère des Forts, The Death of Abel
Pierre and Gilles, Abel
Since they first met in 1976, Pierre and Gilles have worked in a perfectly complementary way. Mixing the techniques of painting and photography, their works have a hybrid status: photographs repainted with acrylic. They play on several aesthetic registers, revamping the genres of official or religious portraits, advertising posters or grand painting, just as they blur the borderline between the everyday and the extraordinary, the common and the sacred. At the invitation of the Musee d'Orsay, the artists chose a sculpture by Vincent Feugère des Forts, The Death of Abel (1865). The obvious sensuality of the pose and the tragic scope of the figure of Abel have inspired a new triptych.
General curatorSerge Lemoine, President of the Musée d'Orsay, in conjunction with Olivier Gabet, curator, Musée d'Orsay
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux