The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, October 4, 2015

Louvre Offers Visitors a Dense and Luminous Work by Joseph Kosuth
Joseph Kosuth, "ni apparence ni illusion". Détail d’installation. © Musée du Louvre, October 2009/Antoine Mongodin.
PARIS.- Sentences written in French using neon tubing are suspended along the walls of the medieval Louvre. Joseph Kosuth, a major figure of the contemporary international art scene, temporarily lays claim to the excavated ancient Louvre, offering visitors a dense and luminous work.

The influential American artist Joseph Kosuth is widely regarded as a leading proponent, and one of the founders, of conceptual art, a movement which emerged in New York in the 1960s. His work considers art to be the production of meaning and thus the idea, or concept, becomes the defining component of a work of art, often eliminating the materiality of the art object altogether. Since the mid-1960’s, Kosuth’s work has focused on the connections between words and things, between language and representation. As his work is conceptually based and not media defined, he employs various strategies for his work, from photos with common objects or neon tubing (Centre Pompidou Collection) to texts sandblasted in stone (Champollion Monument, Places des Écritures, Figeac). Kosuth create installations with texts, often monumental in size, usually comprised of quotations from different sources: literature, philosophy, anthropology, among others. His public works, as well as works in most public and private collections, can be found in most countries in Europe, The United States and Japan and elsewhere. Joseph Kosuth’s most recent installations include a project on the Isola di San Lazzaro for the Venice Biennale in 2007 and another at La Casa Encendida in Madrid in 2008.

This time, the artist has decided to work in the moats of the medieval Louvre and to write on the old walls of the medieval palace, encouraging the visitor to rediscover this mysterious, underground space.

The title of this installation, "Neither Appearance nor Illusion" ("ni apparence ni illusion") is taken from a quote of Friedrich Nietzsche. The installation’s fifteen sentences, distributed in various positions along the walls, suggest a quest both experiential and introspective. They play on the complex relationships between history, archeology and the role of the visitor to complete the work themselves. The artist, an originator of appropriation and well known for the use of texts and quotations of others for his works, has decided in this case, and for the first time since 1979, to construct the texts himself.

‘Fifteen stones in place, all out of shadow, these lit words make visible both the viewer and the viewed. The wall, the passage’.

Louvre | Joseph Kosuth | "Neither Appearance nor Illusion" | Dense and Luminous |

Today's News

October 24, 2009

Norman Foster Receives Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts at Ceremony in Spain

Basquiat, Warhol, Koons and Judd to Highlight Christie's Sale

Leading Center for French Impressionism Outside of Paris to be Created

Regen Projects Presents an Exhibition of Works by New York Artist Marilyn Minter

Trek Lime Bike Wins the 2009 People's Design Award

Nelson-Atkins Museum Announces Unprecedented Gift of American Indian Art

Louvre Offers Visitors a Dense and Luminous Work by Joseph Kosuth

Magnum Gallery to Open in Saint Germain des Prés in Paris

National Portrait Gallery Announces Portrait Competition 2009 Awards

Southeast Asian Art Leads Recovery in Asian Market: Auctioneer

New Series of Photographs by Roger Ballen at Gagosian

Faggionato Fine Art Presents an Exhibition of the Californian Artist Wayne Thiebaud

Tony Oursler Shows His Immersive Media Installations at Kunsthaus Bregenz

Royal Museums of Fine Arts Once More Explores the World of Paul Delvaux

Valérie Favre Exhibits Her Visions at Kunstmuseum Lucerne

Booming Business and Record Crowds at International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

National Gallery Creates Pieces of Sound Art for New Gallery Audio Tour

Winner of the 2005 Turner Prize, Simon Starling, will Give a Lecture at Vassar College

Lucite Handbags from the Caryn Scheidt Collection on View in Memphis

Ryan Trecartin Named Recipient of World's Largest Juried Individual Fine Art Prize

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Archaeologists find skeletons of 200 Napoleonic troops buried in western Gemany

2.- Janis Joplin's Porsche 356C Cabriolet set for RM Sotheby's New York auction stage

3.- Landmark exhibition of Ai Weiwei's work opens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

4.- The Broad opens with panoramic exhibition of masterworks from its collection

5.- Major Van Gogh landscape + radical Malevich masterpiece join Sotheby's NY sale

6.- Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier charged in France with stealing Picasso works of art

7.- Ambitious exhibition in Amsterdam brings together Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch

8.- Tourists fume as unions shut down Rome Colosseum

9.- Art stars Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei stage refugee solidarity walk in London

10.- Sotheby's celebrates 10 years of exhibitions of monumental sculpture at Chatsworth

Related Stories

Louvre opens $196 million branch in an abandoned coal mining town in northern France

80 outstanding 19th century French drawings from the Louvre go on view at the Morgan Library

Louvre Pays Tribute to the 18th Century With a Special Series of Four Exhibitions

Paris Louvre Asks Public for Help to Buy Lucas Cranach the Elder's Painting "The Three Graces"

Abu Dhabi Launches Tender Competition for Louvre Museum

Cy Twombly: Third Contemporary Artist Invited to Install a Permanent Work at the Louvre

Louvre Acquires 17th Century Painting "Saint Peter's Denial" with Help from Private Sponsors

Louvre Museum Reports it had 8.5 Million Visitors in 2009

France Returns the Louvre's Wall Paintings Sought by Egypt

From Coal to Culture: Louvre Museum at Lens Site Inaugurated

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site