LAB-CINEMA / A special feature combining movie screenings with a visit to the current Museum Lab Presentation / Yves Saint Laurent: While terribly

"Changing views and viewpoints" in looking at artworks is the experience Louvre - DNP Museum Lab aims to share with an ever-gorwing 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 work currently on display is Goya's Boy in Blue which was part of late haute-couture designer Yves Saint Laurent and partner Pierre Bergé's collections. After the designer had passed away, most of the works comprised in their collections was put on sale at an auction organised at the Grand Palais in Paris, but this particular painting was donated by Pierre Bergé to the Louvre as a tribute to Yves Saint Laurent. Museum Lab now invites the public to discover this canvas outside the Louvre for the first time ever since it came as an invaluable addition to its collections. Yves Saint Laurent's life as portrayed in Mad Love has already attracted much interest among the public since its release in 2010. But LAB-CINEMA has chosen to screen another documentary as part of its programme combined with a visit of the exhibition: Yves Saint Laurent, tout terriblement (YSL, While Terribly), a self-directed film made by the designer himself.

Yves Saint Laurent, While Terribly: the other documentary film about the celebrated fashion genius, made in his own lifetime. Hitherto unreleased stock images with YSL's own voice to comment in the most sensitive way the creator's joys and sufferings.

"I invented a past for the contemporary woman and gave her a future, which will endure well beyond my own time", YSL.

This film, shot in the summer of 1994 in their Paris, Marrakech and Deauville abodes, takes us behind the curtains to witness the process of a haute-couture collection in the making. Tapping into the wealth of thirty years of creations collected from his personal archives and donned by YSL's favourite models, the film recounts the history of designer Yves Saint Laurent's fashion and secret inspirations, whether literary or musical. The magic of places, colours galore, sheer splendour of the attires (evening dresses, lady suits, evening suits...), the beauty of women.. Designed as an ultimate confession, but also a tribute to his most magnificent creations, the film delves into the secret artisitic and philosophical aspirations of Yves Saint Laurent who casts an ambitious, tender, albeit uncompromising and sometimes contradictory, eye on his life and the world of fashion.

  Year: 1994
Length: 46 mn
Director: Jérôme de Missolz
Voices : Jeanne Moreau, Yves Saint laurent
Languages: French (with Japanese sub-titles)

Ninth presentation Louvre-DNP Museum Lab / El niño azul, Goya and Spanish Painting in the Louvre
El niño azul (The Boy in Blue)
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
Luis María de Cistué y Martínez
Oil on canvas; H. 118 cm; W. 86 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris (RF 2009-5)
© Photo DNP / Philippe Fuzeau
A little boy dressed in blue is holding a dog on a leash. Hitherto rarely shown in public,The Boy in Blue painted by Goya in 1791 may now be viewed at leisure ever since it became part of the Louvre's collections in 2009.
The model, Luis María de Cistué, godson of the king and queen, and future hero of the Spanish Peninsular War, is depicted here at the age of two years and eight months in a simple composition that acts as a foil to the blue and pink hues of the garment and sash, as well as to the softly suffused background lighting.
After long being handed down from generation to generation within the Cistué family, the work was purchased by American industrialist John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1928. In the early 1980s, it became the property of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. After the former's death in 2009 it was donated to the Musée du Louvre.
This is the first time that the painting is exhibited outside of the Louvre since it entered the museum's collections. The Ninth presentation, entitled El niño azul, Goya and Spanish Painting in the Louvre, offers a variety of approaches to encountering the work. Visitors are first drawn into the intimate world of the model and the collectors who owned the portrait, before joining a museum laboratory where they can observe the painting and scientifically analyse Goya's choices and his brushwork on the canvas. The tour continues with an area that conjures up the Louvre's collection of Spanish paintings where The Boy in Blue is usually to be found, introducing the great masters of Spanish painting, from Greco to Goya and Murillo, and showing how the Louvre's collection has been built up over time. At the end of the circuit, visitors are invited to give their own interpretations of Goya's work.
Ever since it left the artist's studio, The Boy in Blue has never ceased to be viewed and admired in different ways by different individuals. By discovering various ways of looking at the same picture, visitors will no doubt in turn be able to forge their own special relationship with the work.

  Viewing times June 16, June 30, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 25, September 15, September 22, 2012(all dates are Saturdays)
Screenings: 15:00–16:00 (Doors open at 14:45) + Special admission to Museum Lab Ninth Presentation at 16:00 (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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