We sifflote Sinatra on entering the Grand Palais. A little dubious about this that can give this exposure control, who surfs the fiftieth anniversary of the first steps on the Moon. This piece of the Earth, away from our soil at a rate of 3.8 cm each year, is too vast a subject. A tank of dreams and fantasies for all men, of all time. And why not a course on the sun? On the day, the night, the sky… We would never stop!

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Fortunately, the curators – Alexia Fabre, director of the MAC/Val for the contemporary works, and Philippe Malgouyres, from the Louvre, for the rest, take them. The actual mission of the astronauts, the science, the star itself is not valid here as for their power of suggestion, their power fantasy. Ambience night in the first room that has some relics and a number of authentic photos of the first shipment. Razor in hand, beef hash dehydrated, glove and helmet are real. The real? We hesitate for a moment, because the fantasy kingdom. Thanks to the work of Mircea Cantor The Second Step , one can put his foot in the footprint of Buzz, “the flash” Aldrin reconstructed in concrete. Sylvie Fleury created a rocket tribute to Hergé (Tintin went to the Moon fifteen years before Neil Armstrong), but pink feminist. Stéphane Thidet has built a capsule in the wood as manifested ecological (2015, collection Antoine de Galbert). Yinka Shonibare has restyled the crews of combinations in wax in africa. In light of Méliès, Fritz Lang, Kubrick and many other directors prophetic, close-novelists – of Dante Verne passing by Cyrano de Bergerac -, these plastic surgeons are as much heirs in terms of visions of imaginary celestial.


These updates next to continue through the course. The first maps of the satellite in the Seventeenth century, allowed by the telescope of Galileo, combined for example with a beautiful set of six drawings, carbon blue Evariste Ticher ( Dislocated Moon #1 , 2012). Ange Leccia has landed her a string of luminous orbs. Atmosphere grey phosphorescent assured.

Then the topic is psychanalysé. A marble hellenistic goddess Hecate focuses the three temperaments of the Moon: a sweet and caring about the dreams of lovers (erotic Sleep of Endymion by Girodet), great organizing of the time (beautiful calendars ottomans), and finally, as the intermediary with the otherworld, a purveyor of magic spells. In Big Bang 2005 , disco ball custom by Kader Attia, past the neon-blafards of François Morellet, these torments of darkness are subject to a room of paintings including romantic-symbolist and ésotérico-surrealists.

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“to Have three faces, one of which is always invisible, it is none at all”, philosopher Philippe Malgouyres, which emphasizes that mood is whimsical with Flightiness , a magnificent allegory of caravaggio Abraham Janssens (Museum of Copenhagen). In societies distant, the star is humanized in Selene, Luna, Diana, Chandra, Soma, Khonsu, Thoth, Tanit… Around ancient sculptures and classic Diane, each of these deities, ancient or alien, therefore, has its niche in a central chapel. Gradually, the explanations stop for the only delight. The large final room is the sum of the poems in the manner of notices under landscapes full moon paintings of uneven quality painted of the Nineteenth century to today.

MOON travel real to imaginary journeys
Grand Palais
Entrance square Jean-Perrin.
Phone: 01 44 13 17 17.
Hours: from Thursday to Monday from 10am to 20pm, Wednesday till 22h
Until the
22 July
Catalog: NMR, 256 p., 45 €.