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Beaubourg - Big Bang

The Centre Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art in Paris (we have several actually... The Tokyo Palace is the other big one), has done a "re-vamping" of their collection to present it in a thematic way demonstrating the way Modern Art de-constructed then re-invented Art. And they call it "Big Bang".

And so, pictures :

It was opining the exhibition and I like it. Reflections in the glass aren't meant.
But it'll stick in my memory also for the comment of a young-ish woman looking at it and telling her mate "It's very powerful on a spiritual point of view", which came out as a totally snob and lame comment you can hear in modern art galleries...

I think this was a model for furniture. They include design, fashion and architecture in "Modern Art".
Arrm. Whatever.

There is no scale, but this is like 6 feet long... A giant white leak.

This is a sort of cupboard...

And this is a bookcase, but I like this idea.

Woaaah, giant madeleine pans! Ah, no, it wasn't the concept. But still. Imagine the HUGE madeleines you could cook in that!

I included the woman for the scale. It was apparently a "trend" of art. Proportions.

That... is a "soft drum kit". Made of white fabric. Sort of like Dali's "Melting watches", but in 3D.

I don't like the French designer Philippe Starck, but I have to admit this is funny. And creepy.

Ooooh, un précurseur du poulpisme! (Pardon my French, but it's a reference that only fans of the late French comedian Pierre Desproges will get).

Yuck... This used to be a dress made in raw meat... that they salted so that it could be preserved. The picture on the wall represents the dress as it initially was, worn by an unfortunate lady, and the pic was called "Meat Dress for An Albino Anorexic".
original pic here

Back full circle, it's a painting that is at the beginning and you can see the reflection of it in the first pic, actually...

Well, that concludes my tour of the museum, which confirms my take on the subject:
No, not ALL of the Modern Art is a talentless fraud. Still, a big part is...


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Jan. 9th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
I only liked the last painting. The colors are nice. The rest seem mediocre.

I tend to like more 19th century stuff, and occassionally some Surrealism.

Ooooh, un précurseur du poulpisme! (Pardon my French, but it's a reference that only fans of the late French comedian Pierre Desproges will get).

Mind if I ask what you're referring to? The first thing that popped into my head was the pope. But I'm probably way off. I'm not familiar with Desproges.
Jan. 10th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Some things I thought were interesting, or practical, but I wouldn't call them art. Like the shell-shaped bookshelf?
The soft-drum set made me smile.
There was also an example of how Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake cuts fabric 3 or 4 times the size of the final clothes, then it's modeled under high pressure press in tiny drapés, giving a very fluid result.

Yet again... Interesting, yes, and pretty, sure, but art?

Desproges had made a TV fake documentary where he played the funder of the "poulpisme" Movement (you'd translate by squiddism). It's a sort of joke variation of nudism or fashion trends, where the adepts wear a (dead) octopus on their head.
I couldn't find screen caps of it, unfortunately (it's a rather old TV show, at least 20 years old. After much Googling, it's from 1982).
Jan. 11th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. And I love the stuffed animal!
Jan. 14th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
I had already visited this museum once, but it was not organized the same and they didn't show the same works, I think.
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