"Opening the Senses" Vol. 2 / Dream-like musical Reverie on traditions and rituals —Grappling with the Unseen—

Fulfilling its mission to bring the joy of discovering new ways of seeing and appreciating art to as wide a public as possible, Louvre - DNP Museum Lab has embarked on a new series of events entitled, “Opening the Senses,” through which we hope to offer visitors the experience of the stimulation and broadening of perception that comes through the experience of works of art.

"Opening the Senses" Vol. 2
Event combining a visit of the Louvre -DNP Museum Lab's Eighth Presentation and a talk-show
Talk-show between Tatsuo KOBAYASHI (archaelogist) and Masakatsu TAKAGI (visual artist and musician)
Dream-like musical Reverie on traditions and rituals
—Grappling with the Unseen—

The current Eighth Louvre - DNP Presentation deals with "Offerings for Eternity in Ancient Egypt: A Question of Survival". All exhibits from the Louvre shown here stand testament to the way Egyptians prepared during their lifetime for the afterlife, so they would lack neither food nor drink. Deciphering the iconography and inscriptions of these artworks amounts to understanding their way of life, dedicated to ensuring their survival in the underworld. For 3000 years, the Egyptians were anxious to respect conventions and rituals that would guarantee that their belief in eternal life would materialize. If for us, it is difficult to see the codes behind such artifacts, the ancient Egyptians could recognize and read them at a glance. Visiting the Eighth Presentation will help us discover them.
But before that, this session of "Opening the Senses" will start with a talk-show between Tatsuo Kobayashi, a leading archaelogist of the Jomon prehistoric period, and Masakatsu Takagi, visual artist and musician, on the theme of rites and traditions, focussing on the mediation that sound and music may provide, so as to open our mind and our senses to the world of the Unseen, from the past and from the present, from the West and from the East.
(Japanese only)

Presenters' Profiles
Born in 1937 in Niigata Prefecture. Served as an Inspector of Cultural Properties at the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, before he became Professor at Kogakuin University in Tokyo in 1985. A leading scholar of the Jomon period in Japan, he is known for his novel and challenging approaches, for example his proposal to decypher pottery patterns with the Jomon Man vision of the world. Honorary Director of the Niigata Prefectural Museum of History. Author of Nihon Genshi Bijutsu Taikei I Jômon Doki [Japanese Primitive Art Anthology, vol. I, Jomon Pottery] (Kodansha), Jômon Bunka no Kenkyû [Study on Jomon Culture] in 10 volumes (editor, Yuzankaku), Jômon Doki Taikan [Overview of Jomon Pottery] in 4 volumes (editor, Shogakukan), Jômon Doki no Kenkyû [Research on Jomon Pottery] (Shogakukan), Jômon-jin no Sekai [The World of the Jomon Man] (Asahi Shimbun), among others.
Masakatsu TAKAGI
Visual artist and musician. Active in a wide array of genres : releases of soundtracks and DVDs, exhibitions in museums, concerts in various places around the world. Apart from original creations, he has collaborated with many artists or brands : he took part in David Sylvian world tours, directed video clips of UA or YUKI, or made co-productions with the RIKEN research centre, Audi or Nokia. He was selected in Newsweek "100 most respected Japanese around the world" (Japan edition, 2009), and continues to draw attention outside Japan also.

Louvre - DNP Museum Lab Eighth presentation / Offerings for Eternity in Ancient Egypt: A Question of Survival
The ancient Egyptians believed that existence on earth and in the underworld was essentially the same: in the afterlife, as on earth, having food and drink was a question of survival!
It was therefore essential to place real offerings in front of the tomb, but magic was used too: offerings depicted by images or designated by texts had the same power as real offerings, with the advantage of being eternal.
The objects exhibited during the 8th Louvre - DNP Museum Lab presentation create a powerful evocation of ancient Egyptian funerary beliefs.
This presentation, which focuses on the funerary stela of Sakherty—the name of the deceased—features original multimedia displays that invite visitors to explore a sacred pilgrimage city or participate in an offering ritual.
With this evocation of a bygone civilization, we ask the question: do these ancient objects still have their magic powers in the 21st century?
Stela of Sakherty, chamberlain
Stela of Sakherty, chamberlain
c. 1970–1900 BC
Painted limestone
Musée du Louvre, Department of Egyptian Antiquities
© 2011 Musée du Louvre / Christian Décamps
Seated group of Samut and Mutneferet
Seated group of Samut and Mutneferet
c. 1479–1425 BC
Painted limestone
Musée du Louvre, Department of Egyptian Antiquities
© 2011 Musée du Louvre / Christian Décamps

  Practical information
  Viewing times Saturday, February 4, 2012
Talk show from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and special visit of the Louvre-DNP Museum Lab Eighth Presentation (from 4 p.m. until doors close at 6 p.m.)
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. (Reservations will be closed when capacity is reached.) Free admission but advance reservation required.
* Please be advised that, during busy times, you may be required to wait before entering the exhibition area or experimenting with the multimedia displays. Thank you for your understanding.

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