Jean-Luc Moulène

Musée du Louvre

Jean-Luc Moulène’s 2005 project Le Monde, Le Louvre (which lent this show its title) took the form of a color supplement to the Parisian daily Le Monde and a small presentation at the Louvre. Stacks of Moulène’s supplement lay in front of the excavated walls of the medieval “Ancien Louvre,” as pointers to an adjacent exhibition space. Here, prints of the photographs reproduced in the paper were exhibited along with a video, Plus d’ordre, moins d’ordre (More Order, Less Order), 2005, that functions like an absurd making-of documentary: a ballet of hands with white gloves carefully handling artifacts to be photographed. Each of the resulting photographs shows one smallish object from the museum’s holdings, seen in isolation standing or lying on a neutral background. In Le Monde, all the photographs were printed in exactly the same size; in the gallery, there were small differences in

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