"Opening the Senses" Vol. 3 / The work of art and myself

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. 3
Event combining a visit of the Louvre - DNP Museum Lab's Ninth Presentation and a talk-show
Talk-show between Hideki Nakajima (art director) and Daisuke Miyatsu (art collector)
The work of art and myself

The current presentation proposed by Louvre - DNP Museum Lab around El niño azul, the portrait of a child painted by great Spanish master Goya, recounts the history of this painting until it was acquired as a donation to the Louvre's collections. After belonging to John D. Rockefeller Jr., it was possessed by iconic French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé. After Saint Laurent's death, most of their collection was put on sale during an auction organised at the Grand Palais in Paris. It was Pierre Bergé's wish to donate this painting to the Louvre as a tribute to the late designer. With this exhibition in Gotanda, it is the first time the painting leaves the Louvre museum since its acquisition. Museum Lab visitors will of course be able to admire the original work on display, but they will also be given an opportunity to look at it from various viewpoints: as an art lover visiting a museum of course, but also as an art commissioner, collector, painter, researcher or curator...
This is the reason why in its third chapter of the 'Opening up the Senses' programme, Museum Lab proposes a dialogue between art director Hideki Nakajima and art collector Daisuke Miyatsu on the theme of 'The work of art and myself', two men whose experience has helped them shape a different approach from that of a simple art lover. They tell us about their personal rapport to art, the way they decypher it, gather up works and best display or highlight them. Nakajima is indeed known as the art director behind many books on painting and photography for artists such as Daidô Moriyama, Yayoi Kusama or Ryûichi Sakamoto, or also for supervising the graphic design of cultural magazine Cut or artwork for CDs for many musicians. Miyatsu, for his part, has made his mark in the world of arts, also outside Japan, by building up a compelling collection of contemporary art whilst working as a company employee.
After listening to this free discussion, visitors are welcome to go and shape their own impresson of Goya's Boy in blue...

Presenters' Profiles
Born in 1961 in Saitama prefecture. He set up his own creation agency Nakajima Design in 1995. He has already received numerous awards such as the New York and Tokyo ADC prizes (Artistic Directors' Club). His creations have been purchased by such prestigious institutions as Boston University, the French National Library (BnF), the Musée de l'Imprimerie in Lyon-France, the Guangdong Museum of Art (GDMoA, China), or the Fukushima Centre for Contemporary Graphic Arts (CCGA) in Japan, proof to the high level of interest that his graphic design work has generated both in Japan and abroad. Hideki NAKAJIMA is a member of the International Graphic Alliance (AGI), the New York and the Tokyo ADCs, as well as the Tokyo TDC (Type Directors' Club). A personal exhibition is currently being presented until 31 August at the Daiwa Press Viewing Room in Hiroshima.

© Yoko Asakai 2010
Art collector and part-time lecturer at the Kyoto University of Art and Design.
The collection of contemporary artworks he accumulated as a simple company employee ("salaryman"), as well as his house which he built with the contribution of various artists, have extensively been covered by the Japanese and international press or displayed in exhibitions in places such as Tokyo Opera City's Art Gallery or the Daelim Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul (South Korea).
In 2011, a great exhibition of his collection was organised at the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Taiwan, and now the BEXCO convention centre in Pusan (South Korea) is preparing an exhibition with the video and visual works of his collection for June 2012. Daisuke MIYATSU is the author of Gendai Art wo Kaô! [Let's buy contemporary art!], published in Japanese as part of the Shinsho de Shûeisha collection, and in traditional Chinese at Unibooks Taiwan.

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.

  Practical information
  Viewing times Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
Talk show from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (door open at 2.45 p.m.) and special visit of the Louvre - DNP Museum Lab Ninth Presentation (from 4 p.m. until doors close at 6 p.m.)
Louvre - DNP Museum Lab Hall
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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