Archaeology Goes Graphic

26 September 2018–1 July 2019

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Unknown, Femme nue aux bras en ailerons [Naked Woman with Arms Raised].

The Louvre’s Petite Galerie is a special space set aside for art and cultural education for all ages, with a selection of artworks representing different periods and techniques in yearly exhibitions—an eye-opening experience which serves as a starting point for an exploration of the whole museum. For its fourth season, the exhibition Archaeology Goes Graphic will spark a dialogue between archaeology and the 2018-19 guest art form—comic book art. It will invite visitors to follow in the footsteps of amateur or professional archaeologists with a passion for antiquity and see how they discover “treasures,” unearth objects buried at different periods, then classify them and try to understand what they tell us about the past. All this while illustrating how comic book art (known as the “ninth art” in France) has, in a blend of fact and fiction, drawn inspiration from the archaeological finds that have contributed to the Louvre’s collections.

(Photo courtesy of © RMN-GP (mdL) / F. Raux.)

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