Musées Dessinés exhibition: Christelle Téa sketches Paris museums at the Musée Cognacq-Jay

Published by Cécile D. · Published on 5 October 2021 at 10h08
Palais Galliera dresses, the collection of moldings from the Musée Bourdelle, the architecture of the Petit Palais… Christelle Téa invites us to rediscover the most iconic museum in Paris through her very detailed drawings with an inimitable style. She expects us all at the Musée Cognacq-Jay from September 9, 2021 to January 2, 2022 to enjoy “Musées dessinés” exhibition for free.

Remember this name: this young artist is about to take over the world of art. Therefore, museums in the City of Paris have no longer secrets for her… For a season, Christelle Téa has walked the exhibitions areas of 14 museums in Paris, sketching the atmosphere, the identity and the activity enlivening these places of culture.

Through a free exhibition displayed from September 9, 2021 to January 2, 2022 at the Musée Cognacq-Jay, Christelle Téa unveils her Musées dessinés, a series of eleven drawings taking us into the life of these museums we have visited multiple times.

Exhibitions, workshops, renovations, storage areas and backstage, architecture and works of art… The artist mixes portraits, life scenes and landscapes in one drawing, managing to recreate on paper the life living in these iconic museums in Paris. Palais Galliera, Zadkine museum-studio, Victor Hugo’s House, Musée Carnavalet, Archeologic Crypt, Petit Palais, Musée Bourdelle, Musée Cernuschi… each drawing by Christelle Téa is a whole universe both very realistic and a bit fantastic.

The fine lines and the countless details to discover in each work invite us to dive into lively décors to explore these museums again as they were used as models.

These drawings, made with India ink, are made freehandedly, on the spot, without preparatory study. Scenes recreated then become extremely alive and animated, like a shot of a full day. This is the very magic and poetry showing through Christelle Téa’s talent: the drawer knows how to seize the soul of each place and visitors on a simple sheet of paper.

Like a photograph, I set on my drawing décors with the ambition of showing all details, sometimes historic, sometimes contemporary. I always leave from one detail: the organic and complex shapes call me the most”, the artist explains.

To complete this exhibition, Christelle Téa exclusively unveils at the Musée Cognacq-Jay 20 self-portraits where she staged herself with her collection of fascinators. Watercolor pops of colors give a merry look to these self-portraits in a collection of works made in black and white. The exhibition wraps up with a video telling the artist’s working season spent in Paris museums to prepare this exhibition.

Discover now this talented drawer’s work!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 9 September 2021 to 7 December 2021



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