Mark Lewis — Invention au Louvre


Film, installation, sound - music, mixed media...

Mark Lewis
Invention au Louvre

Past: October 9, 2014 → August 31, 2015

Mark lewis louvre grid Mark Lewis — Invention au Louvre Avec Invention au Louvre, Mark Lewis propose, au sein même du musée et ce, jusqu'au 9 janvier 2015, un programme de vidéos hypnotiques qui invite à regarder autrement ses collections et encourage à repenser la valeur même du regard.

From his earliest work in the 1990s, the art of Mark Lewis seems to have traveled backwards through the history of images. Painting, photography, and cinema engage in silent conversation in his films.

By referring to the Lumière brothers, the Canadian artist places optical exploration at the heart of the artistic experience. A new temporal space is created, where the paths of the eye and memory, the blended times of moving images, and the internal durations of perception all intersect.

With “Invention at the Louvre,” Mark Lewis has created three new films based on the museum collections. Observing The Blessed Ranieri Frees the Poor from a Prison in Florence by Giovanni Sassetta, Child with a Spinning Top, by Chardin, or the gallery of the Venus de Milo, the artist rekindles an age-old tradition of artistic literature, that of the imagined movement. In his review of the Salon of 1763, Diderot invited the viewer to look right into the heart of paintings through an opera glass; Goethe recommended rapidly blinking the eyes to watch the Laocoon group at the Vatican flicker to life; in his poem The Painter, Girodet identifies with the myth of Pygmalion, aspiring to breathe life into images. Mark Lewis suggests that film came before cinematographic technology, invented in the eye of the viewer.

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Palais royal, musée du Louvre

75001 Paris

Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre

Opening hours

Every day except Tuesday, 9 AM – 6 PM
Late night on Wednesday, Friday until 9:30 PM
Lundi, jeudi, samedi, dimanche : fermeture des salles à partir de 17h30

Admission fee

Full rate €15.00

D’octobre à mars : le premier dimanche de chaque mois, l’accès aux collections permanentes est gratuit pour tous.

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The artist

  • Mark Lewis