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Exhibition Counterpoint III

from April 5, 2007 to June 25, 2007

On sculpture

Contemporary art – the third edition of Counterpoint focuses on a particular technique: sculpture.

Counterpoint III invites eleven contemporary artists—Elisabeth Ballet, Richard Deacon, Luciano Fabro, Anish Kapoor, Claudio Parmiggiani, Didier Trenet, Michel Verjux, to name a few—to take up the various themes and subjects illustrated by the Louvre's collections of sculptures from France and Northern Europe: funerary sculpture, decorative sculpture, the body, gestures and movement, the animal, group sculptures, etc. The visitor is invited to explore the collections of the Louvre in the light of contemporary art: what techniques and materials do today's sculptors favor? How do they handle space and the environment?

The selection of the Departments of Sculptures and of Near Eastern Antiquities reflects various motivations: the specific architectural features of certain exhibition spaces, such as the Cour Marly or the Cour Puget, whose vast dimensions allow for the presentation of monumental works; the desire to encourage the public to discover the Louvre’s unequaled collection of French, Italian and German sculptures from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, which offers a panorama of techniques and subjects: religious and funerary sculpture, decorative sculpture, portraits, monuments, garden sculpture; and the intention to demonstrate the lasting presence within contemporary sculpture of certain long established practices and themes. Although the 20th century brought a number of major developments in sculpture, with certain artists exploring new domains (light, installations, film) and making use of new materials (resin, plastic, aluminum), others continued to work in plaster, wood or stone while introducing an entirely new visual language of representation.

Although they come from different artistic backgrounds, the participants in Counterpoint III all define themselves primarily as sculptors: Luciano Fabro, Claudio Parmiggiani and Giuseppe Penone, leading protagonists of the Arte Povera movement; the influential British sculptors Richard Deacon and Anish Kapoor; the versatile American artist Robert Morris; as well as Elisabeth Ballet, Gloria Friedmann, Didier Trenet, Michel Verjux and Jacques Vieille, prominent representatives of current French artistic trends.

The artists present their works, some of them created especially for the Louvre, in galleries of their choosing. This encounter between sculptures of earlier centuries and works of the present provides an opportunity of rediscovering the sculptures in the Louvre, putting them in a new, contemporary perspective.

This event was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Caisse des Dépôts.

Organized by: Marie-Laure Bernadac, curator in charge, special advisor on contemporary art at the Musée du Louvre.

Practical information

Visitor Information

The works are presented in the galleries of the Departments of Sculptures and of Near Eastern Antiquities.

Open daily except Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and until 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The installations by Richard Deacon and Didier Trenet are not open to the public during the evening hours on Fridays.
The installation by Anish Kapoor is not open to the public during the evening hours on Wednesdays.

Admission fees
Access to the exhibition is included in the purchase of an admission to the Museum’s permanent collections: € 8.50; € 6 after 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Free admission for all visitors the first Sunday of each month, and for youths under 26 on Fridays after 6 p.m.
Free admission at all times for youths under 18.

Further information
+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17