Philippe Djian

The exhibition will finish on 23 February 2015 but not to worry, the travels can always continue! This book accompanies an original hanging: the partial and biased and piecemeal (hence the interest) choices made by author Philippe Djian in the immense collection of the Louvre, on a universal theme: the journey. In a time when everyone waits around in airports and goes to the other side of the globe in 12 hours, it is hard for us to imagine the precautions, the anguish and the time the slightest move represented for our ancestors. We should experiment it by proxy: a ritual of protection to travel by cart in Mesopotamia, the model of a funerary boat with nine rows of rowers, not to mention what we should put into one’s tomb (New Empire, Egypt), or a panorama of Istanbul in 1818 to clearly see the difference between Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. The introduction text is by Philippe Djian himself who declares, “A writer is like a painter, with the difference that he must prepare the colors himself.”

Philippe Djian, Voyages, Gallimard/Musée du Louvre, 2014, 204 p., €29.

Voyages - Philippe Djian

Review published in the newsletter #376 - from 19 February 2015 to 25 February 2015

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