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JR AU LOUVRE DU 28 MAI A 15 H AU 29 MAI A 15 H POUR UN PROGRAMME MARATHON AVEC ARCADE FIRE

Programme-marathon à l’auditorium et dans le musée : du 28 mai à 15h au 29 mai à 15h
Pendant 24H non-stop, JR s’empare de l’auditorium et du musée pour poser son regard sur le Louvre, et réciproquemen
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Conférences, rencontres, projections, concert de Nils Frahm et Ólafur Arnalds sous la pyramide, ateliers… ce programme exceptionnel met également en lumière les processus de création d’un artiste qui multiplie les collaborations, de ses tournages avec Agnès Varda dans le Nord-Pas de Calais à son spectacle avec les danseurs du New York City Ballet.

28 mai
15h / auditorium du Louvre
Master-class d
e JR
Séance animée par Sam Stourdzé, directeur des Rencontres d’Arles

17h / auditorium du Louvre
L’art de créer dans l’espace publ
ic
Conversation animée par Fabrice Bousteau, directeur de la rédaction de Beaux-Arts magazine, avec les artistes Daniel Buren, Felice Varini, JR et le philosophe Peter Sloterdijk

19h / auditorium du Louvre
Agnès Varda et JR : Visages, visag
es
Présentation d’un film en train de se faire par Agnès Varda et JR avec la participation de Laurent Goumarre, journaliste et producteur à France Inter

21h / parcours dans le musée
Impromptus magiqu
es
Les artistes magiciens Yann Frisch et Arthur Chavaudet réalisent des tours dans l’intimité des salles du musée fermé
(5 séances de 30 minutes par groupe de 25 spectateurs)

29 mai
00h30 / pyramide du Louvre
Une nuit sous la pyramide : concert de Nils Frahm et Ólafur Arn
alds
Le pianiste berlinois Nils Frahm installe pianos, orgues et machines sous la pyramide pour un concert exceptionnel en duo avec le musicien et producteur Ólafur Arnalds… jusqu’au lever du jour.

06h30 / salles du musée
Petit-déjeuner orchestré par le chef Jean Imbe
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Dégustation d’inspiration gréco-romaine devant la Victoire de Samothrace
(100 personnes)

09h30 / auditorium du Louvre
Dans l’atelier de
JR
Ateliers participatifs ouverts aux visiteurs du musée

14h / auditorium du Louvre
Eloge de l’image vira
le
Discussion avec JR

http://www.louvre.fr/

Informations pratiques

Musée du Louvre
Auditorium et salles des collectio
ns

Accès :
Métro : Palais-Royal / Musée du Louvre
Entrée par la pyramide, le passage Richelieu ou les galeries du Carrousel
Parking du Carrousel ouvert de 7h
à 23h

Informations :
01 40 20 55 55, de 9h à 19h du lundi au vendred
i.

The Louvre Pyramid is disappearing from tourists’ selfies.

On Tuesday, French street artist JR will cover I.M. Pei’s 70-foot-high glass monument with colossal black-and-white photos of the 16th-century buildings surrounding the pyramid in a giant, monthlong trompe-l’oeil art exhibition.

“Walking around, I realized people turn their back on the pyramid to take a selfie, they don’t look at it,” JR said. “I am curious to see how people will react now.”

The project, which will be fully visible as of Wednesday, marks a shift for the 33-year-old artist. It is the first time he won’t be showing faces in his work.

“I always seek to attract people’s attention toward something, generally other people. Here, it is the absence of something that will make people bond,” said JR. “When arriving to the Louvre, people will all notice the absence and that will make them talk to each other and seek the right angle.”

Known only by his initials, JR rose to fame a decade ago with his “Portraits of a Generation” guerrilla exhibition. Just weeks after he pasted large photos of local youth on buildings in the Paris suburbs of Montfermeil and Clichy-sous-Bois, violence broke out there after two teenage boys of African descent were accidentally electrocuted while hiding from police. As the unrest spread to other cities around France, JR plastered his large photos of youth from the area on the walls of affluent arrondissements in Paris.

Since then, he has launched similar projects around the world. The artist has displayed his portraits of ordinary people on city walls in Brazil, China, Cuba, Sierra Leone, Cuba and the U.S. “The city is an open-sky museum,” said the artist, who won the 2011 TED prize for his work.

In each of his projects, JR said he seeks to create bonds between people. For his 2007 work “Face 2 Face,” launched with tech entrepreneur and artist Marc Berrebi, JR placed portraits of Palestinians and Israelis side-by-side on walls in eight cities around Israel. As part of “Women Are Heroes,” which took him to Brazil, Cambodia, India, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan from 2008-09, he pasted details of his portraits of local women on the sides of buildings, staircases and other public spaces in the Rio de Janeiro favela Morro da Providência.

To install ”JR at the Louvre,” which will be on view through June 27, a crew of six people have spent several days carefully placing large photos over the pyramid’s 700-odd glass segments, using a crane to ensure the mirage is complete. By covering the pyramid with pictures of the buildings behind each side, it will appear to viewers that the pyramid is not there at all.

As part of the project, the artist will host a 24-hour takeover of the museum, starting at 3 p.m. on May 28. Events include screenings, workshops, magic shows and a concert by Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds. French artist Daniel Buren, filmmaker Agnès Varda, model-actress Cara Delevingne and members of rock band Arcade Fire will also participate.

JR says he hopes the exhibition and the temporary disappearance of the pyramid will reignite the debate on modernism that divided French society in the 1980s, when the pyramid was designed and built.

Back then, many opposed the project, saying the glass-and-metal building would ruin the 16th-century architecture jewel. Three decades later, the pyramid has become one of the city’s most photographed monuments, and is cherished by Parisians as a symbol of the city’s modernity and audacity.

“At the beginning it was criticized, now it is widely accepted,” said JR. “I thought it would be fun to show how the Louvre would look like without it.”

INTI LANDAURO http://www.wsj.com/

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