La Maison Rouge

L’intime, le collectionneur derrière la porte (Behind Closed Doors: The Private World of Collectors) was the inaugural exhibition of the private foundation La Maison Rouge. Filled with sixteen near-replicas of collectors’ salons, offices, bedrooms, and even bathrooms and WCs, all filled with artworks and posh furniture, and representing extracts of larger collections, its rooms were constructed like linked stage sets leading viewers from house to house to peek through open windows and doors. None of the collectors were named, except the Maison Rouge’s founder, Antoine de Galbert, who showed about seventy small works in a model of his vestibule.

Over 500 works crisscrossing cultures, styles, and media represented 200 artists (mostly, like the collectors themselves, European)—among them Bernd and Hilla Becher, Damien Hirst, Claude Lévêque, Ettore Spalletti, Michelangelo Pistoletto,

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