The circuit in the exhibition is itself a sensorial experience, a visual journey. It opens with the contribution of the contemporary artist Ann-Veronica Janssens in a bath of light where the spectator can get acquainted with the stages of colour perception. The exhibition then unfolds along two main axes exploring the extent of vision, each covering the period 1800-1914.
The first part, entitled "The Solar Eye", examines the question of the boundaries of the visible. How has the translation of light, from Turner to Delaunay, led painting to free itself from the representation of shapes?
The second part, entitled "The Musical Eye", tackles the visual translation of sound to analyse the crucial impact of the musical model in the sources of abstraction.
This exhibition will be the occasion of the publication of an important catalogue including many contributions by specialists on the question of the links between the new modalities of vision and the historic birth of abstraction.
Serge Lemoine, director of the Musée d'Orsay
Curator Pascal Rousseau, professor, Université François Rabelais, Tours
This exhibition was organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris
It is sponsored by Unilever Bestfoods France