In celebration of its grand reopening, the Musée Cognacq-Jay has offered Christian Lacroix a creative carte blanche.
Established in 1928 by the founder of the La Samaritaine department store, Ernest Cognacq, in 1990 the museum was transferred to the Hôtel Donon, a recently-renovated sixteenth-century townhouse in the Marais district. The Musée Cognacq-Jay is home to a collection of emblematic eighteenth-century artworks, selected by its founder to be displayed in wood-panelled rooms representative of "the artistic décor of French life".
Renowned for his creative collaborations with museums, Christian Lacroix has accepted the dual challenge of reimagining the "guiding narrative" of the exhibition spaces while exploring a concept which has shaped his own approach to his art - the fascination exerted by the eighteenth century. He has curated contributions from over 40 contemporary artists, invited to reflect upon ten key themes identified in Ernest Cognacq's collections with a view to enhancing our understanding of the Age of Enlightenment and its continued relevance in our own era.
Rose-Marie Mousseaux, director of the musée Cognacq-Jay.
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