Maximilien Durand

MaximilienDurand web headshotMaximilien Durand is Director of the Textile Museum and Decorative Arts Museum in Lyon, France.  He is also Professor of Early Christian Archeology and Byzantine Art at the École du Louvre in Paris.  Previously, he was Director of the Preventive Conservation and Restoration Department at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.  Maximilien has led many important research projects and has published extensively. He is a member of the Directing Council of the Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens (CIETA).

Antinopolis: Beyond Life, Beyond Fashion–Shadows of Elegance in the Desert

Abstract: Textiles and garments excavated from a Roman and Byzantine necropolis in Antinopolis (also known as Antinoë) during the late nineteeth century by the French archaeologist Albert Gayet (1856-1916) will be the focus of this presentation. Objects from Gayet’s 1898 expedition, including complete tunics, coats, cloaks, shirts, veils, and belts were the subject of the exhibition, Antinoé, à la vie, à la mode: Visions d’élégance dans les solitudes, at the Musée des Tissus, Lyon in 2013-14. Maximilien will discuss his research and collaborations with Lyon dyers, weavers, the National Opera House of Lyon, a contemporary photographer, and The Louvre, which resulted in a striking museum presentation of the most remarkable artifacts from Gayet’s excavations.

Maximilien talk is part of the LACMA Plenary Session Textiles in Museums