The National Museum Eugène-Delacroix is pleased to welcome, from October 31 to December 3, 2018, the exhibition Today. Eugène Delacroix, Daniel Blaufuks. Presented in the intimacy of Delacroix's last workshop and apartment, the exhibition brings together the diaristic works of Daniel Blaufuks, including Polaroid compositions from his series Attempting Exhaustion, and works by Eugène Delacroix: paintings, drawings , prints and manuscripts.
“Between 2009 and 2016, I photographed a table and a window in my kitchen in Lisbon. I was first attracted by its silence, later by how the objects received the light, and, finally, by their geometrical composition”, writes Daniel Blaufuks (born in Portugal in 1963) about Attempting Exhaustion. Through these works made since 2009 at a pace almost daily and in the intimacy of this private space, Daniel Blaufuks quotes the text An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris (written in 1974) of the French writer Georges Perec. The artist affirms his existence and punctuates his photographs of handwritten comments on the vagaries of his daily practice, the passage of time and the irruption of events in the outside world.
One of the major painters of the nineteenth century, Delacroix was very early noticed by critics for the power and invention of his works. He was also a remarkable writer, whose qualities of literary expression were fed by a deep understanding of classical culture and a keen sense of composition and narration. Held all his life in small notebooks found at his death, his Journal testifies to a lifetime of literary explorations. Delacroix was also a fervent letter-writer. The Delacroix Museum holds the manuscripts of two short novels, Alfred and The Dangers of the Court, as well as that of a play, Victoria. These manuscripts will be presented alongside works by Daniel Blaufuks.
The exhibition Today. Eugène Delacroix, Daniel Blaufuks, presented in the workshop of Delacroix, questions the intimate links between the artist's existence and the murmurs of the world, the challenges of diaristic practices and the relationship of the text to the painted or photographic image.
The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Jean-Kenta Gauthier gallery, Paris, as part of the Photo Saint-Germain festival.
Musée national Eugène-Delacroix
The Musée National Eugène-Delacroix, on Place de Fürstenberg, occupies the great Romantic painter’s apartment and his studio, in a garden behind the building.
In the years 1930, a group of painters (including Maurice Denis and Paul Signac) and historians or collectors of Delacroix decided to form an association, The Société des Amis d'Eugène Delacroix, to prevent his destruction and create a space to be used for exhibitions, concerts, and lectures. The Musée National Eugène Delacroix, first an associative museum becoming a national museum in 1971, came under the responsibility of the state-owned Musée du Louvre in 2004.
The intimate setting of Delacroix’s former home provides a perfect backdrop for the collection, which comprises paintings, drawings, lithographs, autograph works, and personal objects.
An temporary exhibit is organised each year, structured around themes addressed by the painter.
Since January 1rst 2016, the national museum Eugène-Delacroix is a member of the Maisons des Illustres network.