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This exhibition get into the rich collection of drawings from The Musée d'Orsay which possesses nearly 93,000 drawings, 18,000 designs of decorative arts and architecture, plus more than 700 pastels.
Those drawings are kept out of sight because they are too sensitive to light, and can't be exposed over long period of time. They are preserved for their majority in the graphic arts department of the Louvre, sorted by size and school with the works of previous centuries. This drawings are usually only available to the public in a silent reading room. But these works are still alive beyond history to enter the dream.
Originally the other arts that meets the design is closer to creation: the gesture of the artist is not yet frozen. Repentance , times, temperatures , variations and variations in the course of study sheets and books , are the traces of the act of creation itself. Besides these thousands of pages preparatory, "beautiful leaf " find their fulfillment in themselves. Whether they are sketch or finished work, drawings still bear the traces of the intimate hand that traced and colored. Requiring only a few tools and an easily manageable medium, drawing is the ideal field of plastic freedoms , graphics experiments. The diary of the artist, which combines self-portraits, daily notations and fragments of the world, fantastic and dreamlike visions, can write.
The exhibitions presents a selection of 200 drawings. Even they are not representative of the collection, too complex to be shown in a single exposure, they develop an oxymoron and paradox "archives dream" through the demanding and original look Werner Spies who was the friend of the greatest designers of the twentieth century.
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