After being closed for renovation for eight months, the Musée Bourdelle is kicking off its new programme with the exhibition "Mannequin d'artiste, mannequin fétiche". This exhibition with its dramatic design retraces the history of the artist's mannequin from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.
This exhibition is part of the cultural season Paris-London Tandem 2015.
From functional to fetish object
Miniature, life-size or articulated, artist's mannequins have been used since the Renaissance to improve composition and render the way in which fabrics fall, as well as anatomical proportions.
The history of the artist's mannequin is strange, surprising and paradoxical. From the late 18th century, Paris became the centre for manufacturing mannequins that faithfully imitated the human body. Artists made use of these dummies, which had the same 'unsettling strangeness' as fashion dolls and shop mannequins. Over the 19th and 20th centuries, mannequins themselves became the subject of artistic works.
The exhibition has been jointly organised with the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, It is the result of six years of research by Jane Munro, keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Director of Studies in History of Art at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge.
From 1 April to 12 July 2015.
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Exhibition: Full price: 9 € / Concessions: 6 €* / Free: under 18s.
Entry to the permanent collections is free.
Audio guide hire: € 5.