Exhibition: Mannequins d’artiste, mannequins fétiches

For its newest exhibition dedicated to artists' mannequins from the 18th century to the present day, the Parisian Musée Bourdelle presents over 150 works. Photographs by Man Ray and Denise Bellon, plates from the Encyclopédie, paintings by Courbet, Burne-Jones or Gainsborough, patents... this rich retrospective gives the opportunity to understand the story of these mannequins in art. Incidentally, in the late 18th century, Paris became the center for manufacturing full-size mannequins that faithfully imitated the human body. The artists use them in their creative process, playing with their realistic, almost unsettling aspect.

"Mannequins d'artiste, mannequins fétiches" exhibition, from April 1st to July 12th 2015.
Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm.
Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Anonymous, Italy, Neoclassic mannequin, circa 1810 wood with metal articulations,
oil-painted head and body, Accademia Carrara, Bergame - © Comune di Bergamo - Accademia Carrara

Musée Bourdelle
18, rue Antoine Bourdelle
75015 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 49 54 73 73
Metro: Montparnasse-Bienvenue (lines 4, 6, 12 and 13).

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