Musée de la Civilisation, Québec (CA)   24 October 2018 - 12 May 2019

My 2000-year-old Double

Combining art with the digital experience while reflecting on the image is what the Musée de la civilisation offers through its bold and avant-garde exhibition My 2000-year-old Double. In collaboration with the photographic artist François Brunelle, the collections of the Musée d'art et d'histoire de Genève and the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art in Geneva, the exhibition brings together nearly twenty contemporary faces from all over the world, all associated with an ancient work of art for their particular similarity.

CURATOR : Sylvie Toupin

This unusual encounter gave rise to a new dialogue between the black and white photographic portraits of François Brunelle, a specialist in look-alike photographs, and their ancient alter ego paintings on loan from the Geneva Museum and the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art. Their confrontation, already eloquent, is completed by 3D printing masks made by the epithetical laboratory of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval. He has done a remarkable job of reconstructing the face in the medical field. They are therefore true current masterpieces that represent the features of the doubles participating in the exhibition.

My 2000-year-old Double offers visitors a random non-linear itinerary that includes four thematic areas. The first presents in particular the photographer François Brunelle, the genesis of the exhibition and the term "look-alike" as well as a making-of of the project. The second zone is composed of the seven almost perfect doubles, i.e. duos that are very similar physically and are self-sufficient. The third area highlights the life stories and stories of the doubles by highlighting the similarities between their lives and those of their counterparts in antiquity. Finally, the last area presents the art of portraiture between Antiquity and today, by exhibiting portraits of memory, portraits of influence, as well as two portraits of babies - My baby is 2000 years old - from a competition held in collaboration with the daily newspaper Le Soleil in May 2018.

Press review

Le Temps — 23.11.2018
« Sosies, jeu de miroirs à travers les siècles »

Lien Multimedia — 26.10.2018
« Mon sosie a 2 000 ans, un dialogue entre le passé et aujourd'hui »

LeSoleil — 26.10.2018
« Exposition «Mon sosie a 2000 ans»: les sosies créent l’engouement »

TV5 Monde — 25.10.2018
« Au Québec, retrouver son sosie antique âgé de 2000 ans »

Pieuvre.ca — 25.10.2018
« Effet miroir et réflexion incongrue au Musée de la civilisation »

Radio Canada — 23.10.2018
« Mon sosie a 2000 ans, une audacieuse exposition sur l'Antiquité au Musée de la civilisation »

Finanzen.ch — 10.10.2018
« Invitation aux médias - Exposition Mon sosie a 2000 ans »

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Works on loan

Relief funéraire d'un jeune homme
IIe siècle après J.-C.
Balsamaire céphalomorphe
Fin IVe - début IIIe siècle avant J.-C.
Portrait masculin du Fayoum
Ier - IIe siècle après J.-C.
Miroir à manche en forme de panthère
IIIe - IVe siècle après J.-C.
Buste balsamaire aux traits d'Antinoüs-Dionysos
IIe siècle après J.-C.
Tête de jeune fille
Ier siècle après J.-C.
Buste d'empereur romain
IIe siècle après J.-C.
IIe-Ier siècle avant J.-C.