Mark Lewis Invention at the Louvre

Mark Lewis Invention au Louvre

Palais Royal , Paris, 75001
Admission: EUR 12 (entry to Louvre Museum, this exhibition is free) 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 31/08/2015
Opening Times
Monday: 0900 - 1800
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 0900 - 2145
Thursday: 0900 - 1800
Friday: 0900 - 2145
Saturday: 0900 - 1800
Sunday: 0900 - 1800
Closed 1st May, 25th December, 1st January.
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From Mark Lewis earliest work in the 1990s, his art seems to have traveled backwards through the history of images. Painting, photography, and cinema engaged in silent conversation in his films.

The Canadian artist places optical exploration at the heart of his artistic experience, probably being inspired by the Lumières Brothers. He created a new temporal space, where the paths of the eye and memory, the blended times of moving images, and the internal durations of perception all intersect.

With this exhibition “Invention at the Louvre,” Mark Lewis has created three new films based on the museum collections. Observing The Blessed Ranieri Frees the Poor from a Prison in Florence by Giovanni Sassetta, Child with a Spinning Top, by Chardin, or the gallery of the Venus de Milo, the artist rekindles an age-old tradition of artistic literature, that of the imagined movement.

In his review of the Salon of 1763, Diderot invited the viewer to look right into the heart of paintings through an opera glass; Goethe recommended rapidly blinking the eyes to watch the Laocoon group at the Vatican flicker to life; in his poem The Painter, Girodet identifies with the myth of Pygmalion, aspiring to breathe life into images. Mark Lewis suggests that film came before cinematographic technology, invented in the eye of the viewer.

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