Temporary Exhibitions Program 2018-2019 at the Musée du Louvre starts with A DREAM OF ITALY: THE MARQUIS CAMPANA’S COLLECTION, made in cooperation with the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.
The Musée du Louvre and the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg are joining forces for an outstanding exhibition based on the collection built up by Marquis Campana mostly between the 1830s and the 1850s. For the first time since its dispersion in 1861, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of the 19th century’s largest private collection. With over 12,000 archaeological objects, paintings, sculptures, and objets d’art, and comprising both ancient and modern artefacts, it was a rich, diverse collection of the highest
The exhibition will showcase over 500 works, including such masterpieces as the Sarcophagus of the Spouses and Paolo Uccello’s Battle of San Romano. It presents the romantic figure of Giampietro Campana, the society in which he lived, the history of the collection, a reconstruction of parts of the Museo Campana in Rome, as well as the collector’s taste for pastiches and forgeries. It will also highlight the immense influence that the Campana collection had on arts and crafts in the late 19th century.
The Marquis Campana aimed to represent Italy’s cultural heritage, both ancient and modern. As such, the collection was a founding moment in the affirmation of Italian culture during the Risorgimento—the emergence of the Italian nation in the 19th century.
ARCHAELOGY GOES GRAPHIC
September 26, 2018–July 1, 2019
Exhibition curators: Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director, Fabrice Douar, Interpretation and Cultural Programming and Florence Dinet, Project Manager.
The Louvre’s Petite Galerie is a special space set aside for art and cultural education for all ages, with a selection of artworks representing different periods and techniques in yearly exhibitions—an eye-opening experience which serves as a starting point for an exploration of the whole museum. For its fourth season, the exhibition Archaeology Goes Graphic will spark a dialogue between archaeology and the 2018-19 guest art form—comic book art. It will invite visitors to follow in the footsteps of amateur or professional archaeologists with a passion for antiquity and see how they discover “treasures,” unearth objects buried at different periods, then classify them and try to understand what they tell us about the past. All this while illustrating how comic book art (known as the “ninth art” in France) has, in a blend of fact and fiction, drawn inspiration from the archaeological finds that have contributed to the Louvre’s collections.
CHIAROSCURO ENGRAVING: CRANACH, RAPHAEL, RUBENS
October 18, 2018–January 14, 2019
Exhibition curator: Séverine Lepape, Department of Prints and Drawings.
In a pioneering miscellany of examples from French collections (Musée du Louvre, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Fondation Custodia, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Besançon) and institutions abroad (British Museum, Ashmolean Museum, Rijksmuseum), this exhibition will offer a chronological and geographic panorama of color wood engraving (known as chiaroscuro in Italy) via the most significant works of the leading masters of the Renaissance and European Mannerism, such as Peter Paul Rubens, Parmigianino, Domenico Beccafumi, and Hans Baldung Grien.
Its sources include recent research into color engraving pigments and watermarks jointly carried out by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France (C2RMF).
Chiaroscuro engraving was first practiced in Europe from the early 1500s to around 1650. It was the outcome of technical and artistic attempts to impart subtle nuances of color in printed form. Both an imitation of other art media—drawing first and foremost—and a medium in its own right, it circulated widely and attracted real interest from certain painters, who saw it as a new way to explore light and shade and experiment with monochrome.
KOHEI NAWA: THRONE
July 13, 2018–January 14, 2019
Belvedere under the Pyramid
2018 marks the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and France, as well as the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Meji period, when Japan opened up to the West.
As part of the Japonism 2018: Souls in Harmony cultural season, Throne will be displayed under the Pyramid of the Musée du Louvre. This monumental work by Japanese artist Kohei Nawa is entirely covered with gold leaf and blends Japanese cultural tradition with cutting-edge technology.
FORGOTTEN KINGDOMS: HEIRS OF THE HITTITE EMPIRE
April 17, 2019–July 29, 2019
Exhibition curator: Vincent Blanchard, Department of Near Eastern Antiquities.
The Hittite empire, a great rival power of ancient Egypt, ruled over Anatolia and held sway over the Levant until about 1200 BC. Its demise gave rise to Neo-Hittite and Aramean kingdoms in modern-day Turkey and Syria, heirs of the political, cultural, and artistic traditions
of the fallen empire.
The exhibition invites visitors to rediscover the mythic sites of this forgotten civilization, such as the majestic remains of the Tell Halaf site, located near the current Turco-Syrian border. This major Syrian heritage site was discovered by Max von Oppenheim, who conducted excavations there from 1911 to 1913. The large sculptures, which adorned the palace of the Aramean king Kapara, were brought back to Berlin where they were exhibited, then very heavily damaged in WW2 bombings. An incredible conservation project carried out in the early 2000s made it possible to rehabilitate them.
The history of this collection makes for compelling testimony to the ongoing efforts to preserve endangered heritage sites, past and present. The Louvre is strongly committed to this cause, particularly in war-torn countries, by mobilizing the international community and, most recently, by participating in the creation of ALIPH in 2017 (International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas.)
LEONARDO DA VINCI
October 24, 2019–February 24, 2020
Exhibition curator : Vincent Delieuvin, Department of Paintings et Louis Frank, Department of Prints and Drawings.
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of the artist in Amboise in 1519, the Louvre will host an unprecedented exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci.
ENGRAVING FOR THE KING: THE CHALCOGRAPHY COLLECTIONS
February 21–May 27, 2019 / ROTONDE SULLY
ANTOINE‐JEAN GROS AND THE SCHOOL OF DAVID
June 27–September 23, 2019 / ROTONDE SULLY
HORACE HIS DE LA SALLE, COLLECTOR
November 7, 2019–February3, 2020 / ROTONDE SULLY
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