Pictures at an Exhibition

‘Carambolages’ at Grand Palais, Selected by Mark Dion

Jacques-Fabien Gautier Agoty, Woman seen from behind, dissected from the neck to sacrum, called "Anatomical Angel," in Essay on anatomy in printed tables, representing all natural muscles of the face, neck, head, tongue, and larynx, Paris, 1745, color engraved print. ©BNF, DIST. RMN-GRAND PALAIS, IMAGE BNF/MUSÉUM NATIONAL D’HISTOIRE NATURELLE, BIBLIOTHÈQUE CENTRALE, PARIS

Jacques-Fabien Gautier Agoty, Woman seen from behind, dissected from the neck to sacrum, called “Anatomical Angel,” in Essay on anatomy in printed tables, representing all natural muscles of the face, neck, head, tongue, and larynx, Paris, 1745, color engraved print.

©BNF, DIST. RMN-GRAND PALAIS, IMAGE BNF/MUSÉUM NATIONAL D’HISTOIRE NATURELLE, BIBLIOTHÈQUE CENTRALE, PARIS

Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. This week’s shows are selected by artist Mark Dion. Read more about this week’s “Pictures” here.

Today’s show:Carambolages” is on view at Grand Palais in Paris through Monday, July 4. This large-scale exhibition, which includes over 180 objects, presents works from various eras and styles of art history. The presentation of these works is not linked thematically, instead each work is connected to the preceding work, following on the title of the exhibition, which translates to “cannon” and refers to “a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other,” according to the show’s description.

Mark Dion writes:

With a systematic process based on association and affinity, this collection of radically diverse objects and images represents an impressive and exciting experiment. While I would not like to see every exhibition structured in such a method, the project is refreshing and allows viewers to see numerous treasures difficult to contextualize in more conventional exhibition narratives.

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