Musée d'Orsay: L'après-midi d’un Faune : Mallarmé, Debussy, Nijinsky

L'après-midi d’un Faune : Mallarmé, Debussy, Nijinsky


Auguste RodinMinotaure© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / DR
The Musée d'Orsay is a meeting place, a crossroads for all the arts of the period 1848-1914. Dance, prisoner of its instantaneity, can be presented only through the prism of visual arts. This first documentary exhibition recalled, through various plastical works and manuscripts, the creation of an exceptionnal piece : L'après-midi d'un Faune.

A poem by Mallarmé published in 1876 with illustrations by Manet ; a symphonic work (1894) written by Debussy as a prelude to the poem he admired ; a choreographic tableau, finally, imagined on this music by Nijinsky, first performed in Paris in 1912 amongst shouts and abuse : three works of art that gave birth to this unique piece and that count among those that founded our modernity.


Jean-Michel Nectoux, curator, Musée d'Orsay

14 February - 21 May 1989
Musée d'Orsay

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