Exhibition Claude Lévêque
Sous le plus grand chapiteau du monde (Part 2)
from October 19, 2015 to January 25, 2016
With the support of Coton Doux Paris for the exhibition Sous le plus grand chapiteau du monde (Part 1 and Part 2) and kamel mennour for the work Sous le plus grand chapiteau du monde (Part 1).
The second segment of Claude Lévêque’s intervention under the Pyramid reactivates the sensory space of Charles V medieval moat through its use of light, sound, objects, and materials.
In their encounters with reality, one’s own memory and that of the venue, these components ambush visitors “between coercion and delight.” After almost two years spent immersing himself in the atmosphere of the Louvre and its collection, Claude Lévêque has opted for a continuation of its artistic vocabulary. The narrative elements created in the medieval moats are an extension of the lightning bolt under the Pyramid and directly reference the museum’s collection.
“Light and sound enact a complete metamorphosis. They are the twin primordial elements in any sensation. After that come texture, visual images, atmosphere, objects, and the rest.” Claude Lévêque
Martin Kiefer, Musée du Louvre, and Elie Morin, the artist's assistant.
Etching with aquatint. Inv. 11482.
The “Chalcographie du Louvre”, overseen by the museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings, commissioned a print from Claude Lévêque.
It will be available in the museum bookstore from October 19, 2015.
The Louvre is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.