Make it new – carte blanche to Jan Dibbets exhibition at the BNF, 6th November 2018 – 10th February 2019

Dutch artist Jan Dibbets, known for his photographic works since the 1960s, is the curator of a new exhibition at the BNF (not far from our hotels) where he explores the extroardinarily modern drawings of Raban Maur, a 9th century monk!
Exposition Make it new - carte blanche à Jan Dibbets à la BNF du 6 novembre 2018 au 10 février 2019
An exhibition comparing medieval and contemporary art might sound a little strange, but just one look at the intricate 9th century drawings by Raban Maur brings to light geometric forms and a certain minimalism that have obvious links to the modern day.

The monk’s drawings are filled with letters that form poems, structured around a cross-like matrix, and although Maur’s work did not directly inspire modern artists (as his images were only discovered a decade ago), there are numerous parallels between contemporary art (colour, proportions, perspective…) that the exhibition shows through the juxtaposition with around ten modern artists.
Exposition Make it new - carte blanche à Jan Dibbets à la BNF du 6 novembre 2018 au 10 février 2019
A catalogue of the exhibition is available if you want to delve further into the subject (112 pages, 60 illustrations, 39€ heer at amazon.fr).

And if you’re wonder where the title comes from, it’s a reference to a collection of essays by Ezra Pound, published in 1934, where the writer ‘reactualises’ the literary and poetic qualities of medieval literature from a modern point of view.
Exposition Make it new - carte blanche à Jan Dibbets à la BNF du 6 novembre 2018 au 10 février 2019
The exhibition Make it new. Conversations avec l’art médiéval – carte blanche à Jan Dibbets is at the BNF (here) from 6th November 2018 – 10th February 2019

Open Tuesday-Saturday 9am-7pm and Sundays from 1-7pm. Closed Mondays and public holidays

Admission: 9€ / 7€

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Exposition Make it new - carte blanche à Jan Dibbets à la BNF du 6 novembre 2018 au 10 février 2019