The Petite Galerie exhibition for 2017–2018 focuses on the connection between art and political power. Governing entails self-presentation as a way of affirming authority, legitimacy, and prestige. Thus art in the hands of patrons becomes a propaganda tool; but it can also be a vehicle for protest and subverting the established order. Spanning the period from antiquity to the present day, fifty works from the Musée du Louvre, the Musée National du Château de Pau, the Château de Versailles, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris illustrate the evolution of the codes behind the representation of political power. By providing keys to the observation and explanation of different artworks, the Petite Galerie sets out to make the visit to the museum an enjoyable and enlightening experience. Informative labels and digital touchscreen displays encourage attention to detail and help to establish context. Five themed tours of the Louvre’s permanent collection are also proposed.
@ Louvre, Paris, France
The theme of this exhibition is interesting and relevant but seemed to outdo the experience itself. It was a highly-publicised but small show so perhaps the mediocre experience is as much a question of expectations as it is about story.