The Inhabitants of The Louvre
Les Habitants du Louvre
Les Habitants du Louvre
Les Habitants du Louvre
Les Habitants du Louvre
The Inhabitants of The Louvre
Les Habitants du Louvre
Les Habitants du Louvre
Les Habitants du Louvre
Les Habitants du Louvre

The Inhabitants of The Louvre

Christian Boltanski
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All the artists of the Louvre gathered in a single book!

On the occasion of the programme “The Vertigo of Lists” co-ordinated by Umberto Eco in the Louvre’s auditorium in November 2009, Christian Boltanski and Jacques Roubaud conceived The Inhabitants of The Louvre, a tribute to the art of the list.

The book explores the poetic resources of the list: the effects of accumulation, editing, Oulipian games…

The writer Jacques Roubaud first puts forward a series of thematic lists, designed with great humour and finesse, from the global list of the “inhabitants of the Louvre” (a mixture of artists and employees), then the list of “bugs”: BALEN Hendrick Van
BARBAULT Jean
BRAQUE Georges
COLOMBE Michel
CORNEILLE Michel
DESBOEUFS Antoine
POUSSIN Nicolas

Christian Boltanski then produces a series of photomontages by assembling the faces of artists (self-portraits) and the faces of members of staff, photographed for the occasion, along with a single, undifferentiated list of all the staff of the Louvre and the artists featured in the museum’s collection, creating a sort of remote directory of all those who, known or unknown, artists or employees, make the reputation of the Louvre.

Nombre de pages
160 p.
Dimensions
17.5 x 23 cm
Langue
français
Publication
2009
Reliure
Hardcover
Editeur
Éditions Dilecta / Musée du Louvre
ISBN
9782916275635
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