Exhibition | Sade: Attacking the Sun

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on October 5, 2014


Edgar Degas, Scène de guerre au Moyen-âge, 1865
(Paris, Musée d’Orsay, RF 2208)

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From the d’Orsay:

Sade: Attacking the Sun / Attaquer le soleil
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, 14 October 2014 — 25 January 2015

Curated by Annie Le Brun, Laurence des Cars, and Leila Jarbouaï

Alphonse Donatien de Sade (1740–1814) completely transformed the history of both literature and the arts, first as an underground writer, and later by becoming a veritable legend in his lifetime. Following the analysis of the writer Annie Le Brun, a specialist of de Sade, the exhibition will be focusing on the revolution of representation opened up by the author’s writings. Topics addressed will be the ferocity and singularity of desire, deviation, extremes, the weird and the monstrous, desire as a principle of excess and imaginary recomposition of the world, through works by Goya, Gericault, Ingres, Rops, Rodin, Picasso…

The press release (as a PDF file in French) is available here»

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From Gallimard:

Annie Le Brun, Sade: Attaquer le Soleil (Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 2014), 336 pages, ISBN: 978-2070146826, 45€.

indexLe propos de cet ouvrage est de montrer comment, avant d’avoir une importance majeure dans la pensée du XXe siècle, l’oeuvre du marquis de Sade a induit une part de la sensibilité du XIXe siècle, quand bien même le personnage et ses idées y auront-ils été tenus pour maudits. Car si Baudelaire, Flaubert, Huysmans, Swinburne, Mirbeau…, sans parler d’Apollinaire, s’y sont référés à titres divers, tout porte à croire que la force de cette pensée est aussi d’avoir rencontré, révélé, voire provoqué ce qui agite alors en profondeur l’expression plastique, concernant autant l’inscription du désir que son pouvoir de métamorphose. C’est l’image du corps en train d’être bouleversée de l’intérieur, annonçant une révolution de la représentation. Que ce soit évident chez Delacroix, Moreau, Böcklin…, ce qui est en jeu n’est pas sans inquiéter aussi Ingres, Degas ou Cézanne et bien sûr Picasso… Et cela tandis que Félicien Rops, Odilon Redon, Alfred Kubin se rapprochent d’une expression restée jusqu’alors marginale (curiosa ou folie), avant que le surréalisme, se réclamant de Sade, ne reconnaisse le désir comme grand inventeur de forme. A retrouver ce cheminement, il sera possible de mesurer combien à dire ce qu’on ne veut pas voir, Sade aura incité à montrer ce qu’on ne peut pas dire. Ou comment le XIXe siècle s’est fait le conducteur d’une pensée qui, incitant à découvrir l’imaginaire du corps, va amener à la première conscience physique de l’infini.

Annie Le Brun, commissaire général de l’exposition, auteur notamment, chez Gallimard, de Soudain un bloc d’abîme, Sade (1986), On n’enchaîne pas les volcans (2006), Si rien avait une forme, ce serait cela (2010), et Les arcs-en-ciel du noir : Victor Hugo (2012).


Exhibition | The Kama-Sutra: Spirituality and Eroticism in Indian Art

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on October 5, 2014

Though thematic rather than chronologically-based, the exhibition seems to include a substantial number of eighteenth-century objects, with some attention to the Western reception of the Kama-Sutra. From the Pinacothèque de Paris:

Le Kâma-Sûtra: Spiritualité et érotisme dans l’art indien
Pinacothèque de Paris, 2 October 2014 — 11 January 2015

Curated by Alka Pande and Marc Restellini


Acrobatic couple, Tamil Nadu; late 18th or early 19th century, carving on wood, 91 x 49 x 14.5 cm
(Collection of Michel Sabatier, La Rochelle)

For its Autumn-Winter season 2014–15, the Pinacothèque de Paris will put on an unusual exhibition: The Kama-Sutra: Spirituality and Erotism in Indian Art. Attributed to a Brahman who might have written it in the 4th century of our era, the Kama-Sutra makes up one of the major texts of medieval Hinduism and is not a pornographic book, as it is often described in the Western world. It is divided up into seven sections (adhikarana): society, social concepts, sexual union, as regards the spouse, as regards extra-marital relationships, as regards courtesans, as regards the arts of seduction.

Around 330 outstanding works including those of Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, maharana of Udaipur and the remarkable collection of Beroze and Michel Sabatier—sculptures, paintings, miniatures, objects of daily life, and ‘pillow books’, illustrated works that were offered to the newlyweds until the 19th century in order to give them an erotic education—organized according to the seven sections of the Kama-Sutra, will be exhibited in the Pinacothèque de Paris. The exhibition, unadvised for minors, will explain the erotic aesthetics specific to the erotic aesthetics of Indian cultural life and to Hinduism. It will also attempt to understand why the Western world casts such a deformed look on that very unusual book.

From the French Embassy in New Delhi:

Alka Pande, renowned art historian and author of many books on erotic art, has been appointed as the curator for this exhibition. Dr. Alka Pande’s first book was itself an introduction to this great Sanskrit treatise, the Kama Sutra, that she wrote in 1999. Since then, she has been constantly exploring the frontier of love, desire, longing, sexuality and genders in her many books: Indian Erotica, a visual journey along the erotic art of the Indian subcontinent (2002); Ardhanarishvara: The Androgyn, an exploration of the frontiers of the genre, based upon the Hindu concept of Shiva as half-man half woman (2005); The New Age Kama Sutra for Women, her first attempt to transpose this text to the modern times (2008), Kama Sutra: The Quest for Love, a visual journey through some of the most explicit erotic works of art (2008); Leela: An Erotic Play of Verse and Art, an illustrated collection of Indian Poetry (2009); and Shringara: The Many Faces of Indian Beauty, a reflection on the Indian concept of feminine beauty (2011).

Marc Restellini is an art historian and a Modigliani scholar. He has been working in Japan for many years, and has been the artistic director of the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris, where he has exhibited masters like Rodin, Raphaël and Modigliani. In 2007, he has opened the Pinacothèque, the first private art museum in Paris, situated Place de la Madeleine. In less than a decade, it has become one of the most visited museum in Paris, close on the heels of the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre. What sets the Pinacothèque apart is the artistic vision of Marc Restellini whose ambition is to look at art history with an fresh perspective, creating bridges and transversality in the way exhibition are conceptualised, and reaching out to a wider public.

The press release (as a PDF file in French) is available here»

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Call for Papers | Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Domestic Interior

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 5, 2014

Making A Home: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Domestic Interior
University of Sussex, Brighton, 7–8 May 2015

Proposals due by 30 November 2014

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Flora Dennis, Senior Lecturer, Art History, University of Sussex

I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one’s skin, at the extreme corners of one’s eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.
—Maya Angelou

The late Maya Angelou once wrote, “The ache for home lives in all of us.” This nostalgia for home—be it a physical space or geographical place, a moment in time, a person / people, or a state of mind—continues to be of central interest to artists, writers, and thinkers. Crossing lines between the private and public spheres, and extending
into important explorations of nationhood and belonging, different areas of research into the home seek to expand our understanding of how physical space has been used, transformed, and conceptualised throughout history. Some aspects of this pursuit include less-tangible features: Interactions between people, objects and spaces; the complex process of memory-making; the role of sentiment; and creating a sense of belonging can transform a dwelling into a home. In turn, these interactions have the power to transform the individual and the home, and to shape a sense of identity, whether as an individual, family, or nation.

This two-day interdisciplinary conference invites proposals from doctoral students and early career researchers for 20-minute papers that explore the question of what makes a home, and how homes make us. Papers may consider homes both past and present and from a variety of perspectives such as material culture studies, art history, gender
studies, anthropology, postcolonial studies, critical race studies, and geography. Topics may include, though are not limited to:
• Historical constructions of home
• Public versus private spaces/spheres
• Domestic production and consumption
• Notions of domesticity, gender and identity
• Representations of home in art, music and literature
• Religion, ritual and belief in the home
• Institutional or non-familial homes
• Historic homes and heritage sites
• Architecture and interior design
• Sociability and sociality
• Ideas of nation / nationhood
• Diaspora and belonging
• Colonial and postcolonial histories

Please email an abstract of no more than 250 words to Michele Robinson and Emma Doubt at MakingAHome2015@gmail.com by 30 November 2014. Along with your abstract please include your name, institution, paper title and brief biography. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 February 2015. All speakers will be invited to attend a complimentary dinner in Brighton the evening of 7 May 2015.

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