The exhibition Lumières : carte blanche à Christian Lacroix is a study of juxtapositions.
There are a lot of lenses that make up this exhibition. The Musée Cognacq-Jay is a small museum featuring 18th century art and décor, assembled by an early 20th century collector. This exhibition then adds the layer of having Christian Lacroix, a contemporary designer contributing his view on the objects and their legacy today.
The result is an interesting coming together of decorative arts, fashion, painting, photography, sculpture, and playful scenography.
The most exciting parts of the exhibition are where the multiple viewpoints collide. My favorite aspect was the clever juxtapositions of 18th century and 21st century sensibilities. A pair of Manolo Blahniks next to a leathery pair of ancient high heels; a Barbie surrounded by 18th century porcelain children.
Here are some of the most intriguing (and playful) juxtapositions and oppositions, arranged by section:
Musique, théâtre et danse
Paris, forum européen
Enfance et éducation
Le Portrait et l'émergence de l'individu
Économie européenne de l'art
Lumières : Carte Blanche à Christian Lacroix at the Musée Cognacq-Jay (until April 19, 2015)
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