< Claudio Parmiggiani
Claudio Parmiggiani
Apr 5, 2007 - Jun 25, 2007
Musée du Louvre, Paris (France)
The third "Contrepoint" is taking place this year in the sculpture department. Initiated in November 2004, this event invites contemporary artists to engage in a dialogue with works from the Louvre's collections.

Eleven major artists from the international contemporary scene present, in the spaces of the museum that they have chosen, works largely created especially for the Louvre: Luciano Fabro, Claudio Parmiggiani and Giuseppe Penone, leading figures in Arte Povera; Richard Deacon, Robert Morris and Anish Kapoor, key figures in English and American sculpture; Elisabeth Ballet, Gloria Friedmann, Didier Trenet, Michel Verjux and Jacques Vieille, active representatives of the French revival.

The choice of this department was made for various reasons: the specificity of certain architectural spaces - such as the Cour Marly or the Cour Puget - whose dimensions allow the presentation of monumental works; the desire to encourage the public to discover the unique collection of French, Italian and German sculptures from the Middle Ages to the 19th century; and the desire to show the permanence of certain practices and themes in contemporary sculpture. Indeed, sculpture has evolved considerably over the course of the 20th century: while some artists explore new fields (light, installation, film) and use new materials (resin, plastic, aluminium), others continue to work in plaster, wood or stone, but in a completely different formal and iconographic register.

"Counterpoint III" invites the viewer to re-read old sculptures in a new encounter with the works of the present.