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Exhibition Monique Frydman
The Sassetta Polyptych

Contemporary Art
from September 26, 2013 to January 6, 2014


With the support of
JC Decaux.

Echoing the exhibition "The Springtime of the Renaissance. Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460," the French contemporary artist Monique Frydman presents a monumental work in the Salon Carré.

This new work was inspired by one of the most important commissions of the Quattrocento, the Polyptych of Borgo San Sepolcro (1437-1444) by Sienese painter Stefano di Giovanni, known as Sassetta (1400-1450). In 1437, Sassetta was commissioned by the monks of the monastery of San Francesco in Borgo San Sepolcro to produce a huge double-sided altarpiece, a veritable masterpiece intended to stand on the high altar. This altarpiece was dismembered in the late 16th century; the Louvre has three panels from the front main register (two of which are currently on display), and two panels from the back base, or predella (Denon Wing, Room 4).

Since the late 1970s, Monique Frydman's exploration of painting has been strictly abstract. With this work, she imitates the structure of the double-sided altarpiece, aiming to capture its poetic appeal. "The gap of time is there,"she says. "What is lost and severed revives the idea of time; in this deletion, only the absence remains, but this is restored to existence by our memory and our gaze." With this new work, Monique Frydman continues the exploration of pictorial space and presence that she began with her recent "Witness" series.

Organized by:

Pauline Guélaud

Practical information

From September 26, 2013 to January 6, 2014

Denon Wing, Salon Carré

Opening hours:
Every day except Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Late opening on Wednesdays and Fridays until 9.45 p.m.

Admission with museum entrance ticket: € 12

Further information:
01 40 20 53 17