Photographers besiege Orsay

Nave at the musée d’Orsay
5 decembre 2010
Photo : Didier Rykner

6/12/10 – Photography – Musée d’Orsay – Artists and photographers sent out a call for a “flash-mob” at the Musée d’Orsay on 5th December : at noon, they were to disperse throughout the museum and photograph at will (ill.). The purpose was to draw attention to the measure introduced a few months ago prohibiting visitors from taking pictures inside the establishment (see news item of, in French, 13/6/10).

The number of participants (fifteen at most) was almost the same as that of the museum attendants around them. Although there were a few tense moments, overall, the event proceeded in a cordial manner. After briefly summarizing the rules and presenting a few poorly justified arguments (“the works should be respected”…), the museum representatives admitted that they could not do much more however. The demonstrators thus showed how absurd this measure is, since it cannot necessarily be enforced and also because it is not clear if it is in fact legal : this is after all a public establishment, and its collections have been donated or acquired with public funding, therefore the works fall essentially into the public domain.
The organizers are planning to renew the operation every first Sunday of the month, when entrance is free of charge [1].

Didier Rykner, lundi 6 décembre 2010


[1] See this article also on the website Louvre pour tous.

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