Make it new. Conversations with medieval art - carte blanche to Jan Dibbets

Jan Dibbets puts opposite a selection of manuscripts illuminated by the IXth century with works representative of minimalist and conceptual art as well as land art.

  • Exposition
  • Création artistique
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  • Muséal
Louange à la sainte croix de Raban Maur, vers 847. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Manuscrits

medieval art establishes(constitutes) one of the sources of inspiration of Jan Dibbets, major face(figure) of the contemporary artistic stage(scene). Curator of the exhibition, the artist puts opposite a selection of manuscripts illuminated of Her Commendation in Sainte-Croix, an extraordinary book of Raban Maur dating the IXth century, celebrates for her figurative poems, with around thirty works representative of minimalist and conceptual art as well as land art.
Exhibition(Exposure) carries a new look on medieval art and lights(enlightens) the artistic approach(initiative) of Dibbets and those of contemporary artists among the most powerful of its generation as Carl Andre or else François Morellet.
An invitation to to be contemplated and to make have talks works of art which more than 1 000 years separate.
Jan Dibbets
Charlotte Denoël, chief conservative(curator), department of Manuscripts, BNF
Erik Verhagen, contemporary lecturer in history of art, university of Valenciennes

About the venue

25 rue Émile Durkheim 75013 Paris
  • Patrimoine XXe

The French National Library gathers(collects) national documentary heritage, keeps(preserves) it and makes it known. The collections of BNF are quite unique: fifteen million books(pounds) and magazines(reviews), but also manuscripts, engravings, photographies, cards(maps) and plans, partitions(scores), currencies, medals, audio materials, videos, multimedia, decorations(sets), suits(costumes) in constant(continual) increase. All intellectual, artistic and scientific disciplines are represented in an encyclopaedic spirit. His(Her,Its) physical spaces are frequented every year by more than a million visitors and his(her,its) online resources receive more than 30 million visits. His(Her,Its) digital library, Gallica, allows to consult free more than four million documents. BNF spreads(displays) on 7 distinct geographical sites having each their specificities, their collections, their missions. Five of these sites welcome the public. Two others are devoted to the preservation of collections.

Access: Access by the entrance(entry) EAST, facing 25, street Émile Durkheim (walking(steps)) or avenue of France (at the same level), close to the entrance(entry) of the cinema MK2-BIBLIOTHJQUE, 75013 Paris. Paid(Profitable) public parking lots nearby, street Émile Durkheim and street Abel Gance. Subway Lines 6 (Quay(Platform) of the station), 14 and RAPID-TRANSIT RAIL SYSTEM C (Library(Bookcase) François-Mitterrand). Access by bus via lines 89, 62, 64, 132 and 325

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