On our first day in Paris we went to the Centre Pompidou. I love it there and we’ll probably go there every time we go to Paris (which hopefully will be less than the four years between trips this time round). They completely changed the permanent exhibition round from when we’d been before, and it was almost all great, especially the the contemporary floor. I really loved that floor, sometimes the really recent stuff is just too conceptual for me (and I dislike video art in museums) but most of what they had here was visually appealing as well. In the floor with the older work, I really loved all the Robert Delaunay they had. Those colourful circles are just beautiful! And for some reason I really love that picture of the baby. It reminds me of that baby clown by Picasso, which I loved as a child (and still do!)
They sell tickets just for the permanent exhibitions, which is what we got last time, but this time they also had a special exhibition on Frank Gehry on so we got the ticket for everything. Dave in particular had been hoping that the Gehry exhibition would tell us a little bit about the engineering of building those organic curves, but there wasn’t an awful lot of that. What there was was lots of models. Some of which were really rubbishy looking, made out of random bits of cardboard and with the Sellotape and glue gun glue showing in a really obvious way (see here on insta). I get that that’s all you need while you’re working things out but you’d think that someone in a practice as big as that could afford to employ someone to build a proper model out of more permanent materials once it’s all agreed. If I was spending millions on a building I’d want a proper model!
Anyway, the other thing that’s cool about the Pompidou is it’s location in the heart of the Marais, so after we were all done there, we could go straight into having a wee mooch around the little arty shops.
P.s. sorry for photo overload, although I gather you guys don’t mind that too much!