February 6th, 2015
During my week alone in Paris, just before Danielle returned from her ski trip, I decided to go to one of Paris’ most famous modern art museums: Centre George Pompidou. Happily, it is on my metro line, so really easy to get to. The day was freezing cold, windy, with a little rain, so a perfect day to spend inside a museum.
As you can see, the architecture of this building is very unique, and interesting. It is home to a huge public library, and the modern art museum, which was my destination. It was free with my student card, and I started going through the museum. Didn’t take many photos inside, but there are all types of art, which is the thing I like about modern art. There were some Picasso’s, but not really many other artists that I knew. Paintings, sculptures, photos, and some things that I really don’t know how to describe. The crazy thing about modern art is that some things you can look at and think you can maybe understand what the artist was going for, or the message he was trying to get across.. And sometimes you can look at something and have no freaking clue what they were thinking, or what a piece means. Some pieces are just straight weird, ugly, or confusing.. to me. The cool thing about art is that everyone sees it differently. As I said, I didn’t take many photos inside, but here is a little taste of some of the art I saw that day.
This was one piece that was particularly moving to me. Under each globe was a photo of a some type of disaster, and the part that was covered is the part of the world where it happened or the area that was affected. It is about violence, pollution, human’s footprint on the world, etc, and I really liked it.
Saving the best for last, I went up to the top floor to the temporary exhibition the museum had going which was an exhibition of the American artist, who I had actually never heard of, Jeff Koons. It was a large exhibit, and I’ve honestly never seen anything like it. His early art heavily involved household items, particularly vacuums, and lawn ornaments and things of that nature. Later, he started working with stainless steel and marble sculpting. He also has paintings and photography.
The subjects of his art were extremely varied, but what I think he is most famous for is his colored stainless steel sculptures that look like gigantic balloon animals and inflatable toys.
And the centerpiece of this exhibit is this beauty: a balloon animal puppy! (:
And just some other random pieces I took pictures of. He is a really talented sculptor and artist, and what was the most interesting to me was that his work is so varied that some of it was related to such childish things as balloon animals, Popeye, and inflatable toys.. And then there was a section of photos so explicit and sexual that I don’t feel comfortable posting them. And here are just a few more pieces from his exhibition.
The building has a rooftop terrace with a fancy restaurant, which looks really nice with a really view of the city. Stopped to take pictures and admire, although the day wasn’t the best for seeing, and then headed back to the museum lobby. I don’t think I saw the entire museum, because it is really big, but I was happy with what I had seen, and was really impressed with the Jeff Koons exhibit.
When I left the museum, I originally intended to walk around the area, but when I walked out the doors, the wind and cold that hit me was so strong that I didn’t want to stay out so I went home from there, and made myself dinner. So far, my first week alone hasn’t been too lonely!