Au Louvre, Arcadia Revisited.
Photographs by Annelies Oberdanner. Edited by Rainer Iglar & Michael Mauracher.
Fotohof Editions, 2013. 144 pp., 81 color illustrations, 9½x12¾".
Oberdanner's magnificent photographic book is set in the Louvre and focuses on French art and the Enlightenment. The interiors and exteriors of this iconic museum, the employees, visitors and other people found there, and carefully selected exhibits are combined into scenes, which recreate an ideal, fictitious museum visit. The artist explores the art-historical context and highlights artistic qualities, using surprising close-ups and startling details. Almost as an aside, the captions contain encyclopedic facts about the history of the Louvre itself, the political circumstances of the day, and anecdotes on the personalities portrayed. Texts by Marta Smolinska, Suzie Jungeun Lee.