Installation Christodoulos Panayiotou, October 2019 © Christodoulos-Panayiotou, Courtesy of the artist, Musée d'Orsay and Kamel Mennour, Paris-London

LUX S. 1003 334. Orsay seen by Christodoulos Panayiotou

The exhibition was born in parallel with the invitation made to Christodoulos Panayiotou by the musée d’Orsay and the Festival d’Automne for the performance Dying on Stage.

Encompassing a wide variety of forms, including sculpture, painting, photography and installation, the work of Christodoulos Panayiotou reveals the hidden stories concealed in the visual and material traces of history and time. He turns his attention to the complex temporal inscriptions present in a body of works lying at the heart of the museum’s collection. Drawing upon the time he spent in the museum working alongside the conservation and restoration teams, his project touches upon the very substance of the museum’s inner workings: preservation, the writing of history and the symbolic organization of value in time. The title of the exhibition sheds light upon an inscription on the back of one of the museum’s masterpieces, Auguste Rodin’s sculpture, La Pensée, for which Christodoulos Panayiotou has created a pedestal. The latter bears a hallmark, thereby putting into perspective an element of its materiality and potential lifespan. He explores by a series of correlations the mechanisms and uncertainties of the passage of time, celebrity and history.

The exhibition is organised with support from the American Friends Musée d’Orsay (AFMO).

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