LAB-CINEMA A special feature combining movie screenings with a visit to the current Museum Lab Presentation Orpheus (Fr. Orphée), a remastered HD version

"Changing views and viewpoints" in looking at artworks is the experience Louvre - DNP Museum Lab aims to share with an ever-growing audience. Its LAB-CINEMA special programme combines the discovery of the currently featured presentation with screenings on topics related to the said presentation or on the Musée du Louvre and its activities.

The current Louvre-DNP Museum Lab presentation at Gotanda, "A Masterpiece of Ancient Greece: a World of Men, Gods and Heroes", showcases the art of ancient Greece, one of the foundations underlying Western art and culture. The LAB-CINEMA programme combines a visit to the exhibition with a screening of a remastered HD version of Jean Cocteau's famous 1950 movie Orpheus (Fr. Orphée) and its take on one of the most famous Greek myths, the story of Orpheus.

Jean Cocteau's timeless masterpiece, Orpheus,inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus,revamped in a remastered HD version.

Orpheus is one of the most popular poets of his day. At their local haunt, the Café des Poètes, he often incites the jealousy and envy of his fellow writers. One day a woman who styles herself "the Princess", escorted by the poet Cégeste, enters the café. A drunken brawl breaks out and, during the uproar, two strange motorcyclists appear and kill Cégeste. The Princess asks Orpheus to help her carry the body to her car and take it to a mysterious mansion. While Orpheus waits in another room, the Princess revives Cégeste and makes him disappear into a mirror, along with herself and the strange motorcyclists who ran him down. Orpheus tries to follow them but loses consciousness as he hits the mirror. When he wakes up, the building has disappeared without a trace. He returns home to find his wife Eurydice waiting for him; but Orpheus is distracted, as if bewitched by the mysterious events of the previous evening and under the Princess's spell. His behaviour becomes increasingly strange as he listens to encrypted messages broadcast on the car radio and forsakes Eurydice, who despairs to see her husband becoming estranged from her. She then suffers a similar fate to Cégeste, hit and killed by mysterious motorcyclists. When he hears the news, Orpheus is grief-stricken and decides to go through the mirror to bring her back. Thus begins his journey to the realm of Death.

  Year: 1950
Length: 93 mn
Director: Jean Cocteau
Voices : Jean Marais, Maria Casares
Languages: French (with Japanese sub-titles)

Tenth presentation Louvre-DNP Museum Lab A Masterpiece of Ancient Greece: a World of Men, Gods and Heroes
Red-figure calyx krater
Red-figure calyx krater
Signed by the painter Euphronios, attributed to the potter Euxitheos
Athens, c. 515–510 BC
H. 44.8 cm; Diam. 55 cm
Provenance: Cerveteri (Italy)
Campana collection, 1861
Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities.
G 103 (Cp 748)
Paris, Musée du Louvre
© Photo DNP / Philippe Fuzeau
The mythology of ancient Greece is rich in stories of men, gods and heroes. Many of these tales are illustrated by the sculptures and painted ceramics that have come down to us. One such story is depicted on the "Krater of Antaeus" ‒ a masterpiece of Greek pottery that visitors will be able to admire at our tenth presentation, entitled "A Masterpiece of Ancient Greece: a World of Men, Gods and Heroes". The krater depicts the most famous Greek hero, Heracles, the son of Zeus and a mortal woman, renowned for the legendary strength that enabled him to fight monsters and brigands; the scene shows him in the act of slaying the giant Antaeus.
This superb scene was the work of Euphronios, an Athenian painter active in the late 6th century BC; the theme of the fight was a pretext for a detailed representation of figures in movement.
On display near the krater is a bronze copy of a work by the Greek sculptor Lysippos, "Heracles Resting". Here, the hero's magnificent musculature is highlighted as he leans on his club after completing his twelve labours.
The multimedia displays give visitors an unusual and unforgettable insight into painted ceramics and Greek sculpture, while drawing their attention to every detail and providing keys to a better understanding of the works. Visitors will learn to recognise the gods and goddesses of the Greek pantheon while following the development of the representation of the human body in Greek art ‒ the result of anatomical research and a constant quest for perfection.
The krater—the centrepiece of this presentation—also provides an introduction to a key aspect of Greek society: the banquet or symposion (Greek for "drinking party"). This occasion for conversation and entertainment was presided over by Dionysos, the god of wine, a mask of whom is also on display here. Visitors can enter a space devoted to this aspect of Greek social life, to get a feel of the festive and musical atmosphere at these gatherings.
This presentation is designed to introduce visitors to the artistic expressions of a civilisation whose influence on Western art and culture was considerable. With these artworks from the distant past, the vibrant history of the men, gods and heroes of ancient Greece comes to life before our eyes.

  Viewing times June 15, June 29, July 27, 2013 (all dates are Saturdays)
Screenings: 14:30 (Doors open at 14:15) + Special admission to Museum Lab Tenth Presentation at 16:10 (Closes at 18:00)
DNP-Museum Lab
DNP Gotanda Building, 1 F
3-5-20 Nishi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Six-minute walk from Gotanda Station
JR Yamanote Line (West Exit) / Toei Asakusa Subway Line (Exit A2) / Tokyu Ikegami Line
Seven-minute walk from Fudomae Station on the Tokyu Meguro Line
Location map
  Capacity Seating is limited to one hundred people. No others may be admitted once the seats are full.
Admission is free but advance reservations are required.
* Crowded conditions may make it necessary to wait for admission to the presentation or to specific exhibits within it.

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