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Stories of Paper

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Co-published with Louvre Abu Dhabi and Louvre Paris.

This catalog accompanying the 13th temporary exhibition of the Louvre Abu Dhabi with Louvre Paris. "Stories of Paper" traces the history of paper as a thousand-year-old material used from antiquity to the present day, and provides an original perspective on the history of graphic arts. From manufacturing to circulation as well as technical progress, the book highlights the many aspects of this familiar material, which is now being replaced by digital technology in all aspects of our daily lives. By exploring the different plants from which it originates, as well as the numerous aspects from which its production emanates, the diversity of the artworks on display invites the public to discover the multiple uses of paper as a medium for creativity, ideas, and exchange over the centuries and throughout cultures.

With artworks from French collections, particularly works from the Musée du Louvre, Musée Guimet, Bibliothèque nationale de France, and the Centre Georges-Pompidou. This book and exhibition are also an opportunity to showcase local contemporary artists as well as international contemporary creations on display from the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Art Foundation, Goesan Museum, and the Cultural Institute of Korea.

About the Authors

Xavier Salmon

Xavier Salmon is director at the Department of Drawings and Prints, at the Louvre Museum.

Victor Hundsbuckler

Victor Hundsbuckler is curator at the Department of Drawings and Prints, at the Louvre Museum. He is in charge of French, Italian and Spanish drawings of the 17th century. Before 2018, he was responsible for the historical collections of the Monnaie de Paris, where he led the project of a new museum inaugurated in 2017. In 2019, at the Louvre museum in Paris, he curated the exhibition devoted to the Italian Drawings from the Mariette Collection. He also teaches History of Drawing at the Ecole du Louvre. Beyond his expertise in old masters drawings, his interests direct him particularly towards contemporary art.

Technical Details

Publication Date:
Saturday, April 30, 2022
English, French or Arabic
Open spine soft cover + jacket
20 x 27 cm
Number of Pages:
Kaph Books

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