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Une oeuvre, un regard.

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.
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Robert Wilson - Water Lilies by Claude Monet

Hailed as "a towering figure in the world of experimental theater" by the New York Times, Waco, Texas-born, Robert Wilson has created singular works in the realms of opera, performance, video art, glass, architecture, and furniture design since 1963. Prolific yet exacting in his approach to staging, light, and direction, Wilson has been honored with numerous awards for excellence including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, and an Olivier Award. He is also the founding director of The Watermill Center, a laboratory for the arts and humanities in Water Mill, New York.

Patrick Tosani - Water Lilies by Claude Monet

Patrick Tosani (b. 1954) studied architecture in Paris between 1973 and 1979. Since 1975, he has devoted his work to a photographic research in which the process of the image, its potentialities, its relation to the real, are constantly questioned in series on space, objects, the body, clothes… The meticulously elaborated apparatuses produce singular images which become specific and autonomous photographic spaces.
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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.

Zhang Enli (b. 1965) is a leading Chinese painter whose oeuvre has gradually developed from visual interpretations of everyday objects to abstraction. His distinctive style—fluid, spontaneous and gestural—draws on bot Eastern and Western painterly traditions. Zhang Enli has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Italy, Germany, China, England, Switzerland and the United States. He is currently living and working in Shanghai.

Marjane Satrapi (born in Iran, lives and works in Paris) has directed four features films, including the animated Persepolis (2007), adapted from her graphic novels, and, most recently Radioactive (2020). Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in Europe and the United States. She has lectured extensively at American universities.
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Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican filmmaker, author, actor, and former special effects makeup artist. He is best known for the Academy Award-winning fantasy films Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and The Shape of Water (2017), winning the Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for the latter.
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White Frost, by Camille Pissarro
The Floor Planers, by Gustave Caillebotte

Anri Sala constructs transformative, time-based works through multiple relationships between image, architecture, and sound, employing these as elements to fold, capsize, and question experience. His works investigate ruptures in language, syntax, and music, inviting creative dislocations, which generate new interpretations of history, supplanting old fictions and narratives with less-explicit, more-nuanced dialogues.
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Designer Ronan Bouroullec (born in 1971 in Quimper) has been working with his brother Erwan since 1999. From industrial design to craftsmanship, from large-scale productions to research, from objects to public space, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s designs have unfolded across many fields of expression and have progressively entered our daily life.
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Glenn Brown (British, 1966) is known for his use of art historical references in his paintings. Brown transforms the appropriated image by changing its color, position and size. His grotesque yet fascinating figures appear to be painted with thick impasto but are actually executed through the application of thin, swirling brushstrokes. His recent practice explore morphing and layering drawings from artists past, creating his particularly masterful amalgamations of lightness, action and form.
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Portrait of the Artist with Yellow Christ by Paul Gauguin
The open entrance of a Metro station by Hector Guimard

Mathias Augustyniak founded M/M (Paris) with Michael Amzalag in 1992. As acclaimed typographers, graphic designers and art directors, they understand their work to be in the production of a series of signs that they are constantly reordering to build their own language: one that is distinctive and richly experimental.
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For her performances in over sixty films and forty theatrical productions, Ariane Ascaride has notably been awarded the César for best actress in Marius and Jeannette (1998) and the Coppa Volpi for lead actress at the Venice mostra for Gloria Mundi (2019), two films directed by Robert Guédiguian. She is also a director and a screenwriter.
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For the last twenty years, Francesco Vezzoli has aimed to redefine the function of the artist, between art, fashion, pop culture, art history and cultural history, across video, embroidery, photography, performance, media experimentations, and, more recently, classical sculpture. His art has been presented, amongst others, at the 2006 Whitney Biennial, the 26th Sao Paulo Biennial, the 6th Istanbul Biennial, at Performa (2007 and 2015), and at three Venice Biennales (2001, 2005, 2007).

Linda Lê is a writer. Last published books: Héroïnes and Chercheurs d’ombre (Heroins and Looking for the Shadow, Christian Bourgois, 2017).
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Ariana Reines is an award-winning poet, playwright, & performing artist. Her newest book is A SAND BOOK

India Mahdavi is an architect, a designer, a stage designer. She lives and works in Paris. Since the beginning of her career in the 90s, and the opening of her studio in Paris in 1999, she has developed through her realizations a certain take on happiness and color, which she has amply contributed to bring back to the center of attention. In 2003 she launch her first furniture line and inaugurated her showroom, 3 rue las cases. From the Hôtel du Cloître to The Gallery at sketch, from Monaco to Los Angeles, she has designed many places, bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels, stages, and private residences.

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Stéphane Braunschweig is a director, stage director and translator. He has presented nearly seventy theatrical or operatic productions in the most famous houses, which have owned him his international reputation. He has headed several French venues, among which three National Theatres, and is currently director of the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe (Paris).

Tiphaine Samoyault lives in Paris where she is professor of comparative literature at the University of Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle. She is the author of essays, novels and literary translations. Her latest books published: Bête de Cirque (Seuil, 2013) and Roland Barthes (Seuil, 2015, English edition with Polity, 2016). She collaborates with numerous literary journals and runs with Jean Lacoste the online journal "En attendant Nadeau".
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After seven albums in the famous duo Air, which he founded, Nicolas Godin released a first solo album in 2015, Contrepoint, and recently contributed to Angelin Preljocaj’s ballet La Fresque by creating its original music, as well as the soundtrack of the series Au service de la France (Serving France) and of the feature film Taj Mahal (Nicolas Saada). In his eyes the true challenge of an artist is to have a reason of existing. “I made a certain musical style with Air, but I want to keep growing musically and reinventing myself.”
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Mohamed Bourouissa was born in 1978 in Blida, Algeria. He lives and works in Paris, France. Each of Mohamed Bourouissa’s projects is preceded by a long immersion phase, and builds a new enunciative situation. Opposing fakely simple media constructions, the artist reintroduces complexity within the margins of hypervisibility.

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Pierre Guyotat was born in 1940, in Bourg-Argental. Since the publication of Tombeau pour cinq cent mille soldats (Tomb for Five Hundred Thousand Soldiers) in 1967, his fiction work has sparkled scandal and admiration. Idiotie (Idiocy), released in 2018, received three awards, the Prix Médicis, the Prix Fémina Spécial, and the Prix de la langue française (award for French language). His drawings have been exhibited in Paris, Berlin, Rome, London, New York, Los Angeles. He lives and works in Paris.

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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.

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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).