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Elias Crespin, L’Onde du Midi A new permanent piece for the museum

The Louvre has commissioned another major public artwork, inviting Elias Crespin to design a permanent piece for the museum. The Venezuelan artist chose to install his kinetic creation in the Colonnade of the prestigious Escalier du Midi designed by Napoleon I’s architects Percier and Fontaine.

A mobile sculpture made up of 128 metal tubes hanging from motor-powered cables, L’Onde du Midi performs a subtle choreography consisting of several configurations: as the stage of a mute ballet, the Colonnade becomes a space where museum visitors can enjoy a moment of rest and contemplation.

This ambitious project continues a long-standing tradition at the Louvre, which has since its beginnings provided an ideal architectural setting for painted and sculpted commissions from living artists. Crespin thus follows in the footsteps of Georges Braque (The Birds, 1953, Salle Henri II), Anselm Kiefer (Athanor, 2007, northern staircase of Perrault’s Colonnade), François Morellet (L’Esprit d’Escalier, 2010, Lefuel staircase) and Cy Twombly (The Ceiling, 2010, Bronzes room).

Integrating L’Onde du Midi into the Louvre’s architecture means reconnecting with the history of the palace, which has been adorned with contemporary creations throughout its existence.

This artwork benefited from the support of the  ARTEXPLORA endowment fund.

L’Onde du Midi, a film directed by Nathalie David and Valery Faidherbe. Music: Hervé Rigaud

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From January 25, 2020
Escalier du Midi, Sully wing, level 1

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