Pop group Air provides groovy backdrop to museum collection

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The group Air. Photo: Luciana Val & Franco Musso

You don’t often hear disco sounds within the hallowed walls of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille. But visitors to the museum can now savour the songs of the hip French group Air as they peruse the prestigious paintings there. This pop-tastic experience launches the “Open Museum” series, allowing leading creative figures from other disciplines to interact with the museum’s collection and space. Air has composed music to accompany a varied slice of the collection’s masterpieces, from Veronese to Sonia Delaunay, as well as contemporary works scattered throughout the museum’s stately halls. The dashing music duo is even making an appearance in the Medieval and Renaissance department in the form of two Makassar ebony sculptures by Xavier Veilhan (Jean-Benoît and Nicolas, 2012). Their run of the museum continues until 24 August.

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