What if a museum exhibition does not a layout submitted to chronology? Is there a mysterious system of composing a gallery? Maybe art leaves its frames and comes to life, and unconsciously we become part of it? Louvre gave me the first chance to discover those connections. Since then every visit to a gallery has been a subtle riddle of combinations.
Louvre Museum – one of the best known galleries in the world, was initially just a fortress. Only in the 14th century, it was rebuilt into a gothic residence, whereas thanks to Francis I (16th century) we can enjoy its renaissance architecture and … Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. French Revolution brought big changes also to the Louvre. The royal palace was transformed into a public museum and officially opened in 1793. With time the exposition was growing thanks to the generosity of French authorities or war trophies. Fortunately, nearly entire collection survived both World Wars and now contains around 554,000 objects. Renovation (1983-1988) brought controversial innovation – glass entrance in the shape of a pyramid by architect Ieoh Ming Pei. Louvre has two satellite museums one in Nord-Pas-de-Calais (France) and the other in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).
Do you notice some subtle bonds?
A corridor leads through exhibition rooms with repetitive dark frames of the doors, it is filled with people. On the left and right side, there are hidden passages with a similar rhythm of vertical accents. Painted passersby are going to the last room with visitors.
A woman in the golden frames is gazing in awe at the struggle of shipwreck survivors – her neighbours. She knows by heart each detail of their drama. The tragedy happens before her eyes on each single day.
Love that should not happen. They are so different. And yet there is something poignant in this woman, something which does not allow him to stop looking at her They are suffering but the distance is impassable.
A maternal feeling is not divided equally, we know a darling. An older child will stay in the shadow, regardless of efforts to exceed his limits.