Books in the mirror,
Exhibition of Marguerite de Merode Large gallery of the Mazarine Library, Paris, November 29, 2019 to February 1, 2020
"Through the choice of readings the thinking man is revealed" Marguerite de Merode
The Livres au miroir exhibition is held from November 29, 2019 to
February, 2020, in the great gallery of the Mazarine Library in Paris, and brings together 27 photographic works of the artist Marguerite de Merode around a unique artistic approach: that of retracing the portrait of 27 protagonists of the French cultural and scientific world through the written testimony of the work that transformed their lives. In collaboration with the director of the Mazarine Library Yann Sordet (Commissioner General) and Florine Lévecque-Stankiewicz (Assistant Commissioner), curator in charge of public services and communication, this creation is also supported by the Wendel-Participations and Wendel groups.
Second part of an innovative concept of "literary portraits" that was published in Italy in November 2017 with the exhibition Libri allo specchio at the Angelica library in Rome around 25 figures of the Italian cultural world, the Parisian exhibition Livres au miroir unveils the favorite works and the intimate readings of personalities of the French intellectual world.
Among the personalities invited by the artist, we find a wide range of thinkers, creators, researchers from all horizons, contemporary and representative of the 21st century. French century: writers, philosophers, poets, art historians, anthropologists, musicians, editors, essayists, journalists, to the great world of scientists ... What better place in Paris that the Mazarine Library to accommodate these confidences? The personal collections of Cardinal Mazarin (1602-1661), successor of Richelieu and principal minister of the minority of Louis XIV between 1643 and 1661, allowed the creation. Mazarine is the oldest public library in France. More than three hundred and fifty years after its founding, it is today a book museum, a study library and a research center.
If in the past, painted, carved or photographed portraits convey the social image of their models, Marguerite de Merode proposes through her works to draw up the an intimate portrait of these great Francophone personalities by no longer relying on the figurative representation of the subject but on the personal and intimate image of a book having modified their existence. In a sleek photographic device, each of these works consists of two images of the book and a text written by each of the guest readers. By this process, the artist delivers a work that touches the intimate, with the ambition to offer an unusual portrait of great French thinkers.