Kamel Mennour is not only a successful art dealer, he also is very inventive and showing “Judith and Holofernes” by Caravaggio in his small gallery of 6 rue du Pont de Lodi with “Pyramidal” by Daniel Buren is a true find. One goes downstairs, entering a dark tomblike room, and the two works of art face each other in a light conceived by Madjid Hakimi, responsible for lighting at the Paris opera. It is very dramatic and very interesting. Daniel Buren’s prisms of aluminum partly reflect the Caravaggio. I found the painting terrifying with a lack of the usual harmony in Caravaggio’s characters.
Eric Turquin, the expert in charge of authenticating this painting found by a local auctioneer in an attic in Toulouse in 2014, dialogues with the contemporary art galerist on the pretty brochure given to each visitor. The painting is very terrifying with the third character showing a monstrous throat.
There was a constant flow of high level experts and curators in the gallery as well as art lovers who are familiar with the premises. And you can sit down upstairs, and look at a few beautiful books on Caravaggio on the way out, to compare this new “find” and the original Holofernes… But hurry up, both works are only visible until May 4.
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