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Patrice Chéreau is the Louvre’s guest of honor for 2010. His program entitled “Faces and Bodies”, comprised of exhibitions, theatre, dance, readings, music and film, is designed like a single work that could also be called “Patrice Chéreau at the Louvre”.

Faces and Bodies

Exhibition by Patrice Chéreau designed with Sébastien Allard and Vincent Huguet.
Staging: Richard Peduzzi.

Invited to design an exhibition at the Louvre, Patrice Chéreau renders visible “what each visitor might do in secret, linking the artworks to their own emotions and innermost souvenirs.”

Chéreau stages some forty paintings from the collections of the Musée du Louvre, the Centre Georges-Pompidou and the Musée d’Orsay… using their interplay to give new expression to the stories told by the other events he has in store for the public at the Louvre.

Behind the Images

Exhibition designed by Sébastien Allard and Vincent Huguet. Staging: Richard Peduzzi.

The Restout room, where the “Faces and Bodies” exhibition is being held, has a “double”. An almost secret gallery, known as the “couloir des Poules” or “corridor of hens”, is where “Behind the Images” will present stage design sketches, set designs and models, as well as previously unexhibited archives that give insight into the world of the stage director.


Slideshow by Nan Goldin.

For the past few years, Nan Goldin has been keeping a personal diary that is no doubt one of the most moving stories ever. Her slideshow of photographs captures the whirlwind of life: love, death, illness, but also celebration, the fragility of human relations, hope and despair. This new work created for the Louvre pairs her own photographs of faces and bodies with photographs she has taken of artworks in the museum.

Highly drawn to this world, Patrice Chéreau invited Nan Goldin to join his exploration of the “faces and bodies” of the Louvre and present her version in a new opus.

This program enjoys the patronage of Pierre Bergé and the support of Louis Vuitton.

Media partners: Arte, France Inter et Les Inrockuptibles.

Scopophilia benefits from the support of The Charles Engelhart Foundation and the Young Patrons Circle in collaboration with American Friends of the Louvre.

Organized by: Patrice Chéreau.
Faces and Bodies et Behind the images:
Sébastien Allard et Vincent Huguet.
Staging: Richard Peduzzi.
Nan Goldin

Practical information

Locations :

Sully wing, second floor, Restout room, “couloir des Poules” and Audiovisual room

This program enjoys the patronage of Pierre Bergé and the support of Louis Vuitton.