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Gallery Tours: Le Louvre

Posted on 12/26/2017 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

In 2004, the Louvre Museum’s contemporary art director, Marie-Laure Bernadac, invited ten contemporary artists to engage in an experiment of sorts: to respond in their own ways to works of art currently in the museum’s collections. The result was a fascinating exhibition called Counterpoint. This short film introduces us to a few of the pieces in that collection. One experiment, by sculptor Christian Boltanski, asks us as viewers: Why do we keep objects of the past? What do they evoke or tell us about ourselves and our histories? He takes objects lost and found at the Louvre in 2004—glasses, a backpack, toys—and exhibits them next to a display of everyday relics found from the 15th century—shoes, ceramics, dice. What I love here about the dialogue between past and present is that—like travel—it offers a new lens with which to see not just art, but the world. Fascinating. 

Produced by Veronique Legendre

About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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