Body in motion

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Body in motion by Esprit de France
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Dance at the museum

Walking, running, dancing are part of the body's natural movements, but can also express the various "movements of the soul" such as the tension of desire or terror. The representation of the Body in motion is thus the subject of the current and second exhibition of the Little Gallery of the Louvre, following that dedicated to the Founding Myths. It is meant to offer an educational appeal to the young and not so young alike, by decompartmentalising the arts and periods through a new dynamic and stimulating approach. To achieve this, Jean-Luc Martinez, Director of the Louvre, has invited the view of a creator, that of the famous choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Together they have analyzed the way movement, not only that of dance, is depicted in the most distant periods of time : what techniques have been used to animate matter, which codifications to represent movement, what decompositions-recompositions to suggest the sequence of a gesture, which repertoires of forms, from the simplest to the most virtuoso, have been constantly observed and reinvented? They have brought together works from antiquity to the 20th century that belong to the collections of many museums.

The exhibition showcases how artists of all times, through sculpture, painting, photography and cinema, have sought to capture the body in motion: examples abound, from ancient Greek figurines in terracotta, such as Terpsichore, the muse of ancient dance, to the dancers modeled by Degas or by Rodin who endeavored to illustrate the novelty of modern dance through various personalities such as Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan and Nijinski at the dawn of the 20th century. Esprit de France has particularly enjoyed the passage leading to the last section of the exhibition devoted to the "dancing body": the display unfolds the serpentine dance of Loïe Fuller, an American dancer who enjoyed glory at the Universal Exhibition of 1900 in Paris and whose life is depicted in a recent film, La Danseuse.

Museum of the Louvre, Paris 1.
Richelieu Wing, La Petite Galerie.
Open daily, except Tuesdays, from 9am to 6pm. Night Sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays until 10pm.
15 €, free under certain conditions.
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