The Body in MovementDance and the Museum


6 October 2016 – 3 July 2017

The Body in Movement

Dance and the Museum

Petite Galerie

6 October 2016 – 3 July 2017


For its second season, the Petite Galerie at the Louvre, dedicated to art and culture education, is offering an initiation into representation of "The Body in Movement."

The guest at the Musée du Louvre is one of the performing arts: dance. Observing works from the Louvre and its partners will help visitors appreciate the challenge conveying movement represents for artists, and the solutions they have come up with, using the different materials and techniques available to them. Walking, running, stopping in your tracks—not to mention such "movements of the soul" as terror: what conventions govern representation of the movements and postures involved?

Artworks are by nature static, but artists were trying to anatomize movement long before chronophotography came along and opened up new perspectives for them in the late 19th century. In their efforts to capture movement avant-garde artists like Degas and Rodin turned to the world of dance. Around 1900, drawing on antiquity and the work of dancers like Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, and Nijinsky, the discipline underwent its own revolution: an innovative gestural repertoire and a break with classical ballet that foreshadowed modern dance. Thus choreography and the visual arts intermeshed.

Organized by

Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre
Benjamin Millepied, choreographer

Project manager

Florence Dinet, musée du Louvre

Petite Galerie website

See the exhibition website



Main patronage

Total Corporate Foundation

The project has also received the generous support of

the Foundation PSA.


The RÉUNICA Prévoyance Foundation (held by the AG2R LA MONDIALE Group), the SNCF Foundation and the Fonds Handicap & Société par Intégrance 

The development of the Petite Galerie app and website was made possible by


Expertise in terms of educational innovation


In collaboration with media partners

Libération, Télérama, Trois Couleurs, Time Out, Radio Nova, France 3, France 4, Ludo.

In partnership with

the RATP.