Composer Pascal Dusapin Loves Old Books and Modern Art

Le 17 février 2021, par La Gazette Drouot

The world-renowned French contemporary composer has created a permanent sound installation for the Pantheon, inaugurated at the end of 2020 alongside a project by the German artist Anselm Kiefer.


What do you like most: painting, objects, photography?
I don’t like objects at all. I spent my childhood with a father obsessed with collecting all kinds of objects. He was funny about it, but it rather put me off the idea.

An artist or work that has caught your eye recently?
A painting by Rauschenberg I saw last summer in Salzburg, at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

A work you'd like to own?
That very painting, but I can only dream…

The artist who moves you most?
Currently, Anselm Kiefer. I was able to see his studio recently; he’s an artist without equal.

Do you prefer the FIAC or Biennale Paris?
I don’t ever want to visit those fairs again…

Is there a guiding theme behind your acquisitions?
I’m not a collector and buy almost nothing, except a lot of books and some photographs. I have works by Mario Giacomelli, Josef Sudek, Walker Evans, Edward Weston and a few others, which I enjoy seeing every day. I don’t have the means for my other ambitions…  But I like old books—I have some very beautiful and rare ones which are very dear to me.

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