Musée d'Orsay: Everyone is a Collector! Editions of Carpeaux and Dalou sculptures by the Maison Susse

Everyone is a Collector!
Editions of Carpeaux and Dalou sculptures by the Maison Susse

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Susse Frères (founder)The Genius of Dance no. 1© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / René-Gabriel Ojéda
One notable development in 19th century in France was the production of editions of bronze sculptures. With this mass produced art, masterpieces of sculpture became an affordable pleasure for the middle classes who delighted in demonstrating a certain life style through these small luxuries.

The exhibition Everyone is a Collector! takes you right to the centre of this practice presenting, for the first time, the master models from the Maison Susse, one of the leading foundries of the time, and the last great name still in production. There was a large selection of models for these editions, classical, chosen from museum masterpieces, and contemporary. Quite often, the works chosen for editions had been exhibited at the official Salon, and were those that had attracted the most attention. This was the case both for Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux's work, The Genius of Dance and for the popular figures of Jules Dalou.

The idea for the exhibition was conceived by sixteen students at the Ecole du Louvre, and is part of the first year Masters course. The Musée d'Orsay is delighted to take part in this unusual experiment that entrusts future museum professionals with organising a public exhibition in a prestigious location.

Curated by

Grégoire Alessandri, Emmanuelle Arnauld, Ana Beltran, Maria de Carvalho, Giancarla Cilmi, Marie-Elise Dupuis, Hillarey Jones, Carina Kurta, Virginie Le Bozec, Magali Martin, Ségolène Monsaingeon, Alexandre Mussely-Bedard, Yuko Nakatsumi, Simon Psaltopoulos, Caroline Ragot, Hui-Luan Tran, Students of Master I at the Ecole du Louvre (Museum Studies seminar)
Directed by Catherine Chevillot, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay

This exhibition has been organised by the Musée d’Orsay and the students of the Ecole du Louvre (Museum Studies), in collaboration with the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, and the Susse Foundry.

29 June 2010 - 30 January 2011
Musée d'Orsay

room 56

group reception area – by the scale model of the Museum

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