Early Bird Sale
13 Sep 2018, 9am - 28 Sep 2018, 12am
13 Sep 2018, 10am - 27 Sep 2018, 8pm
28 Sep 2018, 12am
28 Sep 2018, 10am
LOUVRE CITY / LA VILLE LOUVRE
By Nicolas Philibert
What does the Louvre Museum look like without its thousands of daily visitors? In late 1988, the Museum was closed for refurbishment, I.M. Pei’s now-iconic glass pyramid was still being built, and the world’s largest art institution was at the beginning of a colossal transformation birthed by French President François Mitterrand’s Grand Louvre plan. Louvre City takes us into the heart of this historic period. Director Nicolas Philibert was originally authorised to only record Charles Le Brun’s massive canvases being taken out of the reserves, but filmed at the museum for five months on a hunch that something momentous was about to happen.
Shot on Super 16 film without commentary, Louvre City recalls the silent “city symphony” films of the 1920s, which chronicled the life of the urban dweller from daybreak to nightfall. Similarly, this film depicts the Museum as its own city-state, and the daily lives of its employees—rather than its artworks—are the focus of the film. What is usually off-limits to visitors is made visible: miles of underground passages and chambers containing countless treasures, curators arguing over the painting selection, and cleaners wiping down the display case housing the Mona Lisa. In describing his approach, director Nicolas Philibert said “(he) filmed the people in the Louvre the way you might film a ballet.” The result is a masterpiece that transfigures the seemingly mundane work of museum employees into a captivating story.
Louvre City won Best Documentary at the Prix Europa (1990) and the Intermedia Award at Cinéma du Réel (1990).
The programme includes a post-screening dialogue with Ong Zhen Min (Deputy Director, Artwork & Exhibition Management, National Gallery Singapore) on contemporary practices in collections management, with a focus on the processes adopted by the Gallery.
Early Bird Sale
In French with English subtitles
Approximately 86 minutes
Rating / Age Limit
- Rating: PG (Some nudity)
- No admission for infants in arms.
- Admission is subject to tickets and valid IDs produced at the entrance.
Photography / Video Recording Rules
- No flash photography or videography is permitted in the galleries.
- Still photography (no flash) for non-commercial use is permitted.
- Photography may not be permitted in the special exhibition galleries.
- Use of selfie sticks and tripods is also not permitted in the galleries.
- No food and drink (including bottled water) is permitted in the galleries.
- Tickets are only valid on the stipulated date, and for one entry.
- Tickets cannot be refunded, sold or exchanged, and are void if altered.
- Concession tickets are only valid for visitors who meet the concessionary requirements.
Through All SISTIC Channels
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird Adult
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird Senior (with valid ID)
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird Student (with valid student pass)
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird NSF (with valid 11B card)
[Applicable from 13 Sep 2018 till 27 Sep 2018]
Nicolas Philibert (b. 1951) is an acclaimed French documentarist. After studying philosophy, he worked as an assistant director for filmmakers such as Rene Allio and Alain Tanner. His works include Animals and More Animals (1996), which documents the renovation of France’s Natural History Museum, and To Be and To Have (2001), which screened at Cannes Film Festival in 2002. Numerous retrospectives have paid homage to Philibert’s work, organised by institutions including the British Film Institute (BFI) and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).