Musée d'Orsay: Christodoulos Panayiotou, Dying on Stage

Christodoulos Panayiotou, Dying on Stage

Christodoulos Panayiotou© Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet
In this work specifically designed for the Musée d’Orsay, and echoing the exhibition ‘Degas at the Opera’, the Cypriot artist Christodoulos Panayiotou (born in 1978 in Limassol) combines the performance Dying on Stage with an exhibition that questions the relationship to time within the museum institution.

Dying on Stage eis a meditation on the impossible representation of death on stage. Developing a parallel installation, in the form of a contemporary alchemy, the artist collects fragments from the past within the museum - a prime example of how the past lives on - to create new works. He also questions the two aspects of his project, the norms that govern works of art and museums as a whole: fame and anonymity, splendour and wastage, the individual and collective.

Christodoulos Panayiotou’s explorations focus on identifying and revealing the stories hidden in the visual archives of history and time. In 2018, his work Sectile was unveiled as a permanent installation at the entrance to the modern collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou. In 2019, an exhibition on Emma Kunz was designed in dialogue with the artist at the Serpentine Galleries in London, and a solo exhibition was dedicated to him at Camden Arts Centre, also in London.

With the support of the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay (AFMO)


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