Things. A history of still life
The exhibition ”Things. A history of still life ” presented at the Louvre Museum from 12 October 2022 to 23 January 2023 offers a fresh vision of a pictorial genre long considered marginal and even outdated.
Almost 170 works, loaned by over 70 of the most prestigious institutions and private collections, bear witness to the lively character of the genre down the ages. The exhibition reconsiders the genre of still life, from the viewpoint of the eternal dialogue between the artists of the present and those of the past, and an ongoing renewal of the gaze: from prehistoric axes to Duchamp’s readymades, via the astonishing compositions of Arcimboldo, Clara Peeters, Louise Moillon, Zurbarán, Chardin, Anne Vallayer-Coster, Manet, De Chirico, Miró, Nan Goldin, Ron Mueck and many others.
In addition, a monumental work by the Cameroonian artist Bathélémy Toguo, “Le Pilier des migrants disparus”, is on display under the Pyramid, like a prelude to the exhibition. Along a route comprising fifteen chronological and thematic sequences, the works, representing every medium (from painting to video, and including sculpture, photography and film), hold a dialogue between themselves, beyond time and geography, right up to the contemporary era. The representation of things, of which we find traces from Prehistory, offers an amazing deep dive into history. Artists were, in fact, the first people to take things seriously. They recognised their presence, brought them to life and made them interesting by celebrating their shapes, meanings, power and charm, and grasped their faculty of giving shape to our fears, beliefs, doubts, dreams, desires and follies.
The last major exhibition devoted to still life, “Still Life from Antiquity to the 20th Century”, was held in 1952 in Paris by Charles Sterling, a curator at the Louvre and a leading art historian. The new exhibition at the Louvre Museum pays vibrant tribute to it.
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Access and contact
Metro: Lines 1 and 7, "Palais-Royal / Musée du Louvre" station Line 14, "Pyramides" station
Bus: N° 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95
Days and opening hours
From 12/10/2022 to 23/01/2023, daily between 9 am and 6 pm. Late opening on Fridays until 9.45pm.
- Full price: 17 € (Online rate Guaranteed entry in less than 30 minutes 15 euros on site).
Free entry for children < 18 years.
Free for EU citizens under 26.
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- The Phillips Collection