Opening of the exhibition Desdemona, between desire and despair

Musée de l'Institut du monde arabe


It is a painting by Eugene Delacroix inspired by the famous drama by Shakespeare, Othello and Desdemona, which is the source of reflection and the origin of the exhibition”Desdemona, between desire and despair”, presented at the Museum of the Arab World Institute until 26 July 2015.

How to transcribe into shapes and colours the sequence of literary feelings which, from desire to despair, will lead to murder? Here is a reflection of this exhibition orchestrated by Marie Maertens and Edwart Vignot, which brings together creations from the 19th to the 21st century, from Paul Cézanne to Sophie Calle, including Gustave Moreau, Pablo Picasso, Mohamed Bourouissa and Camille Henrot. Works from museums, private collections or specially created for the occasion.

An album containing a collection of freely commented works (by Arlette Sérullaz, Dominique de Font-Réaulx, Sidonie Fraitot, Sarah Ihler-Meyer, Guy Cogeval, Pierre Bergé…), interviews with artists and a recording of Louise Bourgoin playing Desdémone is available in limited edition.

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