Publications


- Exhibition catalog, edited by Béatrice André-Salvini, joint publication Louvre Editions/Hazan, € 42

- Exhibition album, joint publication Louvre Editions/Hazan, 48 pp., € 8

Both books are printed on Arjowiggins papers.



Documentary film


B … comme Babylone ! (B as in Babylon!)

France, 2007, 52 min., color
Written by Christine Tomas, directed by Bernard Georges
Coproduction Les Films du Tambour de Soie/Musée du Louvre/Arte
The film will be shown in Alvéole 7 at the Group Meeting Point throughout the exhibition.
Available on DVD, Montparnasse Edition/Musée du Louvre, approx. € 28
http://www.editionsmontparnasse.fr/titres/b-comme-babylone
This documentary provides a dramatic encounter with a vanished civilization: a fascinating comparison between past and present, history and fantasy.



At the Louvre Auditorium


Three lectures
Babel and Language Diversity—Myths and Reality: The Tower of Babel and the Languages of the World
Irving Finkel, British Museum, London
March 6, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.


Babel, Babylon and European Myths of the History of Writing
Walter Stephens, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
March 20, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.


Babel: destins de la fable des langues, de la Renaissance au créationnisme (Babel: The Fate of the Language Fable from the Renaissance to Creationism)
Marie-Luce Demonet, Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours
March 27, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. (lecture in French)


Introductory talk on the exhibition


Babylon exhibition curators Béatrice André-Salvini and Sébastien Allard
March 26, 2008 at 12:30 noon (lecture in French)

Films on art: A Tribute to Jean Bottéro (1914–2007)


Jean Bottéro, nouvelles de Mésopotamie (Jean Bottéro: News from Mesopotamia), March 12, 2008 at 12:30 noon
Il était une fois la Mésopotamie (Once upon a Time in Mesopotamia), March 17, 2008 at 12:30 noon

Reading


Autour de Babel (All about Babel)
April 7, 2008 at 8:30 p.m.
The birth of scripts and the birth of writing: Confusion of languages and the dawning of talent
As part of the Babylon exhibition, we are taking a novel approach by inviting the public to discover—or rediscover—a series of founding texts.
Many authors have looked at, looked into or been influenced by the Babel/Babylon theme. This evening talk will provide an opportunity to hear readings from the earliest works of writers some of whom went on to become major figures of their time. Imagine the thrill of recognizing the great Voltaire or the mighty Victor Hugo in pages signaling the birth of a language, a style, and an entire way of thinking!
This celebration of the adventure of literary creation will be driven by the energy and talent of a group of young actors.

Art on Stage


The Queen of the Night: A Babylonian Terracotta Relief from the 13th Century BC
Dominique Collon (subject to confirmation), for the Department of Near Eastern Antiquities
April 9, 2008 at 12:30 noon (lecture in French)


International Symposium


La Tour de Babylone (The Tower of Babylon)
April 19, 2008, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Free admission (subject to space)

The lectures will be given in French or in the native language of the speaker and translated simultaneously into French.
10:10 a.m.: "Considérations historiques sur “La Tour des langues”" (Historical Observations on the "Tower of Language"). Béatrice André-Salvini, Musée du Louvre (lecture in French)
10:50 a.m.: "Italian Archeological Research in Babylon." Giovanni Bergamini, Museo Egizio, Turin (in French)
11:30 a.m.: "Iraqi Excavations in Babylon." (subject to confirmation) (in English)
12:10 noon: "The Gate of the Gods: The Religious Topography of Babylon as Revealed in the Cuneiform Texts." Andrew George, School of Oriental and African Studies, London (in English)
3 p.m.: "Outlining Babylon: Past and Present from Above." Carlo Lippolis, Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi, Turin (in English)
3:40 p.m.: "Le Palais de Nabuchodonosor: problèmes d’architecture et de fonctionnement" (Nebuchadnezzar's Palace: Architectural and Functional Problems). Jean-Claude Margueron, École Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris (in French)
4:20 p.m.: "La Tour de Babel: une ziggurat repensée" (The Tower of Babel: A New Approach to the Ziggurat). Juan Luis Montero-Fenollós, University of Corunna (in French)
5 p.m.: "Frank Lloyd Wright's “New Babylon” Project." Phil Allsopp, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona (in English)

Cinema


Intolerance (Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages)
USA, 1916, approx. 3 hours, color, directed by D.W. Griffith
Cast includes Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, and Robert Harron
Music (1985–2007) by Antoine Duhamel and Pierre Jansen: Symphonic Suite for "Intolerance", performed by the Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, conducted by Jean Deroyer
In this megalomaniacal masterpiece made just after Birth of a Nation (1915), Griffith demonstrates unprecedented formal daring in a narrative embracing four different stories from four different historical periods: the Fall of Babylon, the Passion of Jesus Christ, the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre, and the Twentieth Century
April 20, 2008 at 3 p.m.

“(oeuvre)²” Concert


The Jeune Choeur de Paris with instrumental ensemble
Conductors: Laurence Equilbey, Geoffroy Jourdain
Presentation: Geoffroy Jourdain
Klag Babylonis
Telemann, Motets
Kirnberger, An dem Flüssen Babylons
Strasnoy, Babel, for a capella choir. World première, commissioned by the Jeune Choeur de Paris
Mantovani, work for a capella choir. World première, commissioned by the Musée du Louvre and the Jeune Choeur de Paris
Mendelssohn, Te Deum
May 5, 2008 at 8 p.m.


Guided tour of the exhibition


The guided tours of the exhibition (in French) are led by qualified lecturers.
Information: +33 (0)1 40 20 52 63 or consult louvre.fr