The last couple of days in Paris have been full of events linked to art. Let’s talk about one event after the other.
I already talked about the opening of the” Fondation Louis Vuitton” (see here). It was inaugurated with some very official events last week, but opened to public Monday October 27 at 10 am… and I was there. I was among the 30 first visitors… To go there, you can use a small electric shuttle bus leaving from "l’Etoile”.
The top picture is from the roof with a view over the “Jardin d’Acclimatation” and “La Défense”.
Maybe just a reminder of what the new building looks like from the outside.
In one of the ground floor rooms you can study the conception and the construction details of the building and admire Frank Gehry’s (and a great number of other peoples’) job.
The interior offers a lot of spectacular views…
… not neglecting the views from the roof.
The basement level – the “sailing ship” is of course on water – is also fantastic…
… with a number of mirrors. (I couldn't help making some self-portraits.)
Having visited Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (see previous post), I must say that both buildings are spectacular, but I believe that when it comes to the interior I have a preference for the “Fondation Louis Vuitton”.
When it comes to the exposed art, I guess I was a bit disappointed as well by “Guggenheim” as by “Louis Vuitton”. In my opinion (for what it’s worth), both museums are especially fascinating for their architecture.
Before leaving you can of course visit the shop. I found a twisted Gehry version of a Louis Vuitton bag, sold at 3.000 €. I resisted.
During the weekend October 24-26 was held the annual “FIAC” (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain = Intenrational Fair of Contemporary Art). It takes place under the glass roof of the “Grand Palais” (see previous posts), but occupies also “tents” along the Champs Elysées. There are exposed (and for sale) works of the most distinguished artists of modern art. Some samples of modern art can also be found round the city, e.g. in the Tuileries Gardens and along the Seine, e.g. the Niki de Saint Phalle woman. (An exhibition of her works is at present ongoing at the Grand Palais.)
What (possibly) may be described as an art event is the Paul McCarthy exposition, which the same weekend opened at the partly newly renovated “Monnaie de Paris”, the 18th century building on the Seine banks, which is the site for the French Direction of Coins and Mints. The opening was preceded by the installation of an inflated “Tree”, which some people took for a “butt plug”, on Place de Vendome. It was rather soon vandalised by some protesters. I missed that part of the event, so I “stole” some photos from “before” and “after”. The exposition at the “Monnaie de Paris” is basically a Chocolate Factory. Thousands of chocolate copies of the “Tree” and some kind of Father Christmas are manufactured. They are sold in the shop for 50 € a piece. I believe that I normally have a very positive attitude toward contemporary art, but…
.... I preferred to admire the ceiling.
The same weekend there was also a very extensive "Art Shopping Show" exhibiting some 450 artists at the “Carrousel du Louvre”. It included direct performances by street artists like Mosko, Gregos…
Another very important event was of course the reopening of the Picasso Museum October 25. Well, I took the direction, but decided to go back another day. I could just observe a lady who obviously had managed to get in.