Every Tuesday, discover the vision of a contemporary figure: an artist, a writer, a philosopher, a designer, a musician, an actor, a film or theatre director, or a scientist, on a piece chosen from the collections of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie.
Alex Katz - Water Lilies by Claude Monet
Alex Katz (b. 1927 in Brooklyn, NY) is undoubtedly a figure of pop art. He lives and works today between New York and Lincolnville (Maine). A figurative painter, he has been, since the 1980s, a protagonist of Cool Painting.
Claire Tabouret - Water Lilies by Claude Monet
Claire Tabouret (b. 1981) is a painter. Solo exhibitions have been devoted to her work at the Collection Lambert and the Festival d’Avignon in 2018; at the Yuz Museum, Shanghai, at the Friche de la Belle de Mai, Marseille, and at the Villa Medici, Rome, in 2017. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Olivier Saillard - Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel by Marie Laurencin
Olivier Saillard (b. 1967) is a fashion historian. As Director of the Palais Galliera – musée de la mode de la ville de Paris, he has conceived many exhibitions devoted to figures such as Madame Grès, Rei Kawakubo, Azzedine Alaïa. As a poet, he is the author of performances with actresses such as Tilda Swinton and Charlotte Rampling. In 2018 he was appointed Artistic Director of JM Weston. He lives and works in Paris.
Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in the Basque Country. She has published twenty books, novels, short stories, biography, theater, non-fiction, and translation. Since Truismes in 1996 (American translation under the title Pig Tales, 1998), she has remained faithful to her French publisher POL. A laureate of the Prix Médicis and of the Prix des Prix (award of awards) in 2013 for her novel Il faut beaucoup aimer les hommes (English translation Men, 2016), her work is translated in many languages.
Yan Pei-Ming (born in Shanghai, 1960) is a painter. His participation in the 2003 Venice Biennale manifested his role on the international art scene. Widely acknowledged for his portraits, he in parallel reactivates the tradition of history painting. He lives and works in Dijon, France.
Annie Le Brun comes from Surrealism. In parallel with poetic activities, she has published many critical essays. He has also curated exhibitions, including Les Arcs en ciel du noir (The Rainbows of Black) at the Maison de Victor Hugo and Sade, Attaquer le soleil (Sade, Attacking the Sun), at the musée d’Orsay. With the generous support of VSI Paris - CHINKEL SA.
Paolo Roversi is a widely regarded fashion and portrait photographer best known for his striking, intimate portraiture and classical visual language. His photographs occupy a realm between the past and present, resulting in imagery that feels at once progressive and familiar.
With the generous support of VSI Paris - CHINKEL SA
Catherine Malabou (b. 1959) is a philosopher. She is the author of many books dedicated to the relation between biology, neurology and philosophy, such as Plasticity at the Dusk of Writing (2009), The Ontology of the Accident (2012), Before Tomorrow, Epigenesis and Rationality (2016). She is a Professor at Kingston University (UK) and UC Irvine (US).
Dominique Issermann (b. 1947) is a photographer and filmmaker. She is the author of many portraits of artists and celebrities. A leading fashion photography, she has directed advertisement films and famous clips for Leonard Cohen. Her work has notably been exhibited at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie (Arles) and at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris).
Philippe Parreno (b. 1964) is an artist. Through his films, his exhibitions, his situations, his drawings or in his texts, he explores the relations of human beings to their environment, and dramatizes duration. His works have been exhibited in numerous museums over the world – notably in the totality of the Palais de Tokyo in 2013. He lives and works in Paris.
Vanessa Place (b. 1968) is a criminal defense attorney. She is the author of several books of poetry and law theory, and has performed at institutions such as the Whitechapel Gallery, London; the European Parliament, Strasburg; the Getty Villa, Los Angeles; the Whitney Biennial, New York. She lives and works in New York.
Emanuele Coccia is a philosopher. An Associate Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), he is the author of seven books including Sensible Life (2010, English translation 2016), Goods (2013, English translation 2018) and The Life of Plants (2016, English translation 2018). He lives and works in Paris.
Agnès Troublé known as agnès b. (b. 1941 in Versailles) opened her first store in 1975 in Paris. Since then, she has opened over a hundred shops worldwide. In 1984 she created an art gallery, the galerie du Jour, with an adjacent bookstore added in 1997. In 2019 she opened la Fab, a cultural center in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.
Abdellah Taïa (b. 1973 in Rabat, Morocco) is a Moroccan writer and filmmaker. The author of twelve books translated in Europe and the USA, he was the laureate of the Prix de Flore in 2010 for Le Jour du roi (The King’s Day). He directed the film The Salvation Army (2013), which premiered at the Venice Mostra and the Toronto Film Festival. He lives and works in Paris.
Abd Al Malik (b. 1975) is the author of a feature film, six books, and five records – including Gibraltar for which he won the Victoire de la musique (Best music of the year award) for the best artist. In 2019, in relatin with the exhibition Le Modèle noir (The Black Model) at the Musée d’Orsay he has conceived the performance and the book-record Le jeune noir à l’épée (The Young Black Man with the Sword). He lives and works in Paris.
Blanca Li is a dancer, choreographer, and director. She was born in Granada (Spain), and draws her inspiration from an exceptionally rich cultural interbreeding: flamenco, contemporary dance, classical dance, urban dances… She has created dozens of performances, which have been performed in France, in Spain, in the United States, and in many other countries. She lives and works in Paris.
Ruth Mackenzie CBE (b. 1957) serves as Artistic Director of the Théâtre du Châtelet. She previously served as Artistic Director of the Holland Festival, as General Director the Scottish Opera. In 2012 she directed the Arts Festival of the London Olympics, and she is today chair of the Arts Council London. She lives and works in Paris.
Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968) is the Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London, and the Senior Artistic Advisor to the Shed, New York. Since his first exhibition “World Soup” (1991), he is the author of over three hundred exhibitions and has contributed to, edited, and co-written several hundreds of books. He lives and works in London.
Jonah Bokaer has cultivated a new form of Choreography merged with Visual Art and Design. He is the author of 60 original works, produced in 34 nations, 27 of the U.S., and 292 cities, including 41 Museum Exhibitions. He is Tunisian-American, touring and exhibiting worldwide, with distribution out of Paris. Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit which oversees both the choreography and artspaces of Jonah Bokaer, including 3 permanent buildings in New York State, which serve over 1,500 multi-disciplinary artists, supporting future generations of performing arts talent.
Maylis de Kerangal is a writer. After studies in history, philosophy and ethnology, she was an editor of travel guides and then documentaries for young people. Amongst her books published in French by Verticales, Naissance d’un pont (Birth of a Bridge, English translation, 2014); Réparer les vivants (Mend the Living, English edition, laureate of the Wellcome Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize; The Heart, A Novel, American edition, 2017); Un chemin de tables (The Cook, A Novel, American edition, 2019).