Watch and Listen

Voicing the artworks

Twice a month, an artwork from the Foundation is narrated in pictures. A curator reveals in a short video clip the pecularities of a painting, a sculpture, an artefact, or a group of works from one of the Foundation's five collections. A feast for the eyes and the ears.

Venus and Minerva

Sculpted in a finely polished and chiselled boxwood, these two female statuettes, with their complex poses and fluid folds of fabric, evoke the culture and tastes of Renaissance art lovers.

Funerary stela of the priestess Henut

This stela is of very fine quality and most likely comes from the vast necropolis of Saqqara, located to the south of modern-day Cairo. It was carved toward the end of the Old Kingdom, during the sixth dynasty, a time when famous kings Pepi and Teti ruled.

The Book Shelf 2

Using recycled and embroidered fabrics, artist Kirubel Melke Alemu creates works with a strong narrative potential that question the use of clothing, textiles and their connotations

Ritual scene depicting a volador

Looking for a thrill? Not suitable for people prone to vertigo! This object is a scale model displaying a ritual game which was very famous in pre-Columbian Mexico: the dance of the volador

Le Guerrier, la Colombe et la Chouette [The Warrior, the Dove and the Owl]

An American expressionist painter of Filipino origin, Alfonso Ossorio stands out from the other artists of the era through his completely new colourist and matterist dual dimension. Le Guerrier, la Colombe et la Chouette [The Warrior, the Dove and the Owl], painted in the mid-1950s, highlights his talent as an established painter by the chromatic energy that emanates from it.

The Great Whore of Babylon

A veritable technical tour de force typical of Limousin production during the Renaissance, this large polychrome enamel plate stages a highly symbolic biblical episode, loaded here with satirical connotations.

Panel from a Dionysian sarcophagus

What if death were not the end? Dionysus and his followers invite viewers to share in a joyous celebration in the afterlife...

Polders enneigés [Snow-covered polders]

This major work by Alfred Manessier, who contributed to the revival of landscape painting in the 20th century, immerses us in a winter landscape by means of shapes and colours.

Passage 8

Featuring a woman embarked on a journey with an uncertain outcome, South African artist Mohau Modisakeng's work evokes, among other things, the sinking of the SS Mendi in 1917.

Mask of a spirit of the forest (kavat)

Have you ever seen the spirit of the mosquito? Here it is!

Ivory Pietà

Sculpted by a 15th-century Rhenish-Mosan ivory-maker, this Pietà invites us to explore the sensitivity of a pivotal era that placed increasing importance on human emotions and their representation.

Arbre by Martial Raysse

Produced at the turn of the 1960s, Martial Raysse's Arbre echoes the society of plenty specific to the period. The assembly of everyday objects brings the artist closer to the New Realists such as Arman, Daniel Spoerri and Gérard Deschamps, some of whose works are in our collection.

Book of the Dead papyrus

This papyrus was discovered by the renowned French archaeologist Gaston Maspéro in 1883-1884. It centres on the funerary belief of the Last Judgement, a concept « invented » by the ancient Egyptians.