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Soirée au Louvre

Nan Goldin channels the Louvre

His Excellency, Ambassador Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations will be hosting the Young Patrons Circle of American Friends of the Louvre’s annual benefit, Soirée au Louvre, at his Park Avenue residence on Thursday, May 12th, 2011.

Taking the 21st century firmly in hand, the Louvre recently introduced a contemporary art initiative in which they’ve invited artists to engage the Museum’s vast collections in a creative dialogue. Soirée au Louvre will be screening Nan Goldin’s work entitled Scopophilia. Pictured above, Goldin references Ary Scheffer’s 1855 “The Shades of Francesco da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta Appear to Dante and Virgil,” skillfully channeling the spirit of the work photographically.

Goldin here gives us a closer look at the impulse behind her Louvre show:

The first time I was totally alone in Le Louvre, when the museum was closed to the public, I had a very intense reaction that surprised me. In my solitude in the silence of the space, I was suddenly reawakened. The paintings provoked the overwhelming feeling that has been defined to me by other artists as scopophilia–the intense desire and the fulfillment of that desire, experienced through looking. That was when I understood what I was doing there. –Nan Goldin

I’m just beyond ecstatic to get a preview of this marvelous exhibition and quite happy to join the Young Patrons Circle of American Friends of the Louvre in lending my support. I’d be thrilled to see many of you there joining me in support of one of the world’s most celebrated museums. A Bientot J’espere!


  1. Dean says:


    How fab! Nice building the party is being held in!


  2. Marc de Paris says:

    When you come and visit the exhibition about the “France” at the Musée National de la Marine, you will also be welcome at the Louvre.

    A bientôt!

  3. James Andrew says:


    That will be just beyond fantastic!

    Thank you for all your help and support!



  4. I recently spent the afternoon at the Houston Museum of Fine Art, where they have mounted a stunning show titled “Neoclassicism in the Eighteenth Century” in conjunction with the Louvre. Marvelous! The photographs by Nan Goldin you show here are quite lovely, indeed.

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