Paris, Fondation Dina Vierny - Musée Maillol

Musée Maillol produces highly approachable exhibitions that are appealing on a basic level to the general public; and there is perhaps no subject of greater interest to most people than vanity. A collection of 160 paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and even jewelry is on display from artists as diverse as Caravaggio, Picasso, Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman.

The uniting theme of the exhibition is the human skull, that has appeared of late as a fashion trend, yet more notably in the form of Damien Hirst’s diamond-incrusted skull entitled “For the love of God, laugh”, also included in the exhibition and a true icon of 21st century art. The skull jewelry piece is, of course, by Codognato from Venice.

This exhibition aims to show that the juxtaposition of youth and power with our mortal bones is a fascination that has existed throughout the centuries, as a mocking sort of comfort. Macabre, haunting, and thought provoking, this is the first exhibition produced under the institution’s Artistic Director Patrizia Nitti and is sure to be a hit.

February 3 through June 28th, 2010
59-61, rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris, France
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