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Chalcographie du Louvre

'Freedom of Choice' Etching by Jenny Holzer

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On the occasion of her invitation to the Festival d'Automne in Paris in 2001, Jenny Holzer produced a series of projections on monuments including the Panthéon, Louvre and Pont Neuf, and  Saint-Louis chapel of the Salpêtrière hospital. This projection photograph stems from that event, which was reiterated in 2009 for the 20th anniversary of the Louvre pyramid. The photogravure was made by Jon Goodman in New York, and retouched by the artist, who added a moon.
American artist Jenny Holzer’s work is situated at the borders of writing, sculpture and architecture. Active in the public space, she has imprinted her words on the facades of monuments and produced immense light projections on the walls of cities around the world.

Designed and made in Paris.

Dimensions of the sheet of paper: h. 60 w. 71.6 cm 

Technique: Etching 

Dimensions of the copper plate: h. 49.3 w. 59.5 cm

Chalcographie du Louvre

Chalcographie du Louvre

Historic Louvre workshop reproducing statues and engravings

Founded during the Revolution, this under-the-radar bastion of savoir-faire oversees a world-class collection of 14,000 engraved copperplates – spanning 17th-century rarities but also contemporary-artist commissions. At its Saint-Denis-based workshop, intaglio printmakers revisit the mighty horde to produce superb engravings on the historic presses for sale to the public. Printing from old plates requires rare expertise and dexterity. For over twenty years, the Chalcographie du Louvre has been working with a host of contemporary artists to expand a collection of modern art masters. The prints that result from these collaborations go on to be printed as many times as the matrix allows, with no limitations on reproduction or signature. This principle, which runs contrary to the practices of the contemporary art market, perpetuates the tradition of dissemination unique to the Chalcographie du Louvre. It allows prints created by internationally renowned artists to be sold at affordable prices. (The workshop is closed to the public.)


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