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Lady Gaga lands a place in the Louvre

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Nov 27, 2013 | 8:40am EST

Lady Gaga has earned herself a place in France's famous Louvre museum as part of an art piece by Robert Wilson. The pop superstar has collaborated with a number of famous artists to mark the release of her latest album ARTPOP this month (Nov13), including Jeff Koons who made a sculpture of the singer to feature on the record's cover. She also worked with theatre director/artist Wilson and their collaboration has gone on show in the legendary Paris museum as part of his Living Rooms exhibition there. Gaga recreated Jacques-Louis David's famous painting The Death of Marat as part of the piece, while she was also filmed hanging upside down naked and tied up in rope for a performance art video. The singer posted a picture of herself suspended from the ceiling during the shoot on her Littlemonsters.com website, revealing she endured 45 minutes of incredible discomfort to make the film. She writes, "I did this piece (in) London. Bob Wilson filmed it. I hung upside down for 45 minutes in this position. This was the first piece he allowed me to do myself. I'm discovering my passion in performance art is seance. Allowing old souls to pass through me. While I suffer for their art, and leave mine and my vanity behind. This is how I can be vehicle for my monsters all over the world." Gaga also reveals the meaning behind her decision to recreate famous works of art like The Death of Marat, adding, "It will take a while for the concept of ARTPOP to catch on... Instead of the painter painting 'me,' (like (Andy) Warhol printing Marilyn (Monroe)) I am painting (performing) the painting. I am not on the canvas I am part of it. This is ARTPOP." She also boasted of her place in the Louvre in a post on her Twitter.com page, writing, "I know my artiness + musical goals may seem lofty, but there is a pop star in the Louvre, right next to the Mona Lisa."

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