Pied-reliquaire de Saint Adalhard, Italie XIVe siècle cuivre embouti, gravé, ciselé, doré 12,4 x 20,8 cm Paris, Musée de Cluny, musée national du Moyen Age
© Rmn-Grand Palais (musée de Cluny - musée national du Moyen-Âge) / Franck Raux

A hodgepodge exhibit of random works curated by art historian Jean-Hubert Martin.

With no apparent chronology, overarching theme or logical route from one piece to the next, this surprising exhibit really is a ‘carambolage’ (literally a ‘pile-up’) of random works of art. Sampled from across different genres, mediums and epochs, and taking in big names like François Boucher and Annette Messager, the exhibit is a joyous mix of 150 creations apparently selected according to their deeper ‘poetic affinities’. It no doubt all made sense in the mind of renowned art historian and curator Jean-Hubert Martin at some profound level, so come down and try to make sense of it yourself – you never know, you may come away enlightened.


By: Virginie Duchesne


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