The 2011 event: Pierre Cornette de St Cyr's Imaginary Museum
Following Histoire(s) de carnets,which marked Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain’s move to the Carrousel du Louvre last year, we have decided to introduce a new concept to the trade show. Remaining loyal to the idea of showcasing every aspect of drawing, we have designed a new format for DRAWING NOW PARIS whose content, entrusted to a loving and expert eye, will play on contrasting perceptions of the future.
To do this, we have adopted a method – the Imaginary Museum – previously proposed by one of the most discerning aesthetes of the 20th century, André Malraux. This method encompasses all formats, styles and techniques, thereby promoting the diversity and variety of contemporary drawing. Although, for Malraux, the museum without walls evoked all masterpieces, we intend to put it to a use which is more practical, more humble, but possible just as exemplary. To achieve this we needed to enroll a leading figure to put together "his" own museum without walls for contemporary drawing, by inviting him and supporting him in the organization an exhibition curated entirely by him.
He is a familiar figure in the art world who has always demonstrated his passion for drawing – he is Pierre Cornette de Saint-Cyr. What is less well known, however, is that the famous auctioneer was one of the very first – if not the first – to offer, in 1976, a contemporary drawing prize which existed for several years. We wanted to pay him the tribute of inviting him to inaugurate this new approach.
So it is therefore "Pierre Cornette de Saint-Cyr’s Imaginary Museum".
Philippe Piguet, artistic director