This vintage adventure novel must have come from my grandmother. That cover … so wrong… on so many levels….
Every time I come across this portrait of Thomas Moore by Holbein, I just want to give up and change to passive knitting or something similar.
On Sunday we went on an art school field trip to Ghent where we visited three different exhibitions. Keeping the short attention span of the general public in mind, including myself I’m afraid, I am going to distribute the events of the day over three posts.
Stop 1: The SMAK (museum of contemporary art)
The relation between the people of Ghent and the Dukes of Burgundy was always a difficult one, but I suppose they have calmed down now and suits of armour and cannons were not in order for this trip. Instead, I took e-versions of Burgundian history books with me to read on the bus.
Our first stop was the SMAK. The SMAK is a bit like the M: huge white spaces with not a lot in them. Last time I was there was for the Gerhard Richter exhibition. This time the featured artist was Raoul De Keyser (1930-2012). The best room was the first with the colourful semi-abstract paintings of everyday objects.
The other works were mostly abstract. Ensued a vivid discussion in our group about the meaning of art and the value of this particular artist. Some loved it, others thought it was rubbish, and the usual ‘toddlers can do better’ cliché was uttered (which is not always an invalid argument, lol). Somebody said you need to know the context and read the plaques but if one needs a plaque to appreciate a work of art, the purpose is lost, imho.
The next one is not by Raoul but by another artist in one of the rooms with the fixed collection. Venus of the anthropocene by Lynn Hershman Leeson. Not sure if this is a relative of Liam Neeson.
I have uploaded the pictures I took of the Seven Sacraments altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden on a separate page under the menu (see above or on the right). I have not yet added my personal thoughts and background information.
The page can be found here:
V. Documents & Background > The Dukes of Burgundy > The Seven Sacraments by Rogier van der Weyden
Inside the Paris metro
On day two of our Paris field trip we visited the Picasso museum and the Fondation Vuitton.
Some impressions of the Picasso museum:
The hallway of the museum
A Picasso painting.
A watercolour of musketeers by Picasso.
A typical cubist painting
The visit was concluded with a drink on the rooftop terrace.
After that we went back to the metro for the next leg of our Tour de Paris.
Small piece of street art at the bottom of a building.
One of the remaining old metro entrances
Our next stop was the Fondation Vuitton. The building was designed by Frank Gehry. It was nearly brand new so I’d never been there before, opposed to the other museums we visited. It looks expensive so it’s probably wiser to change vareers and start making suitcases. Inside there were no handbags, just monumental contemporary art.
The building has an intricate lay-out, resembling a ship or an old airplane. There is a small exhibition about the design and building of this museum inside as well.
If you haven’t seen he Eiffel tower, you haven’t been in Paris
The art collection is spread out over different smaller “galleries” (or rooms if you want).
Monumental kawaii art by Japanese artist Murakami
Another painting by Murakami
More monumental art: a replica of the feet of Michelangelo’s David by an other artist whose name I forgot. The 3D printed kittens are not a replica of a Michelangelo.
Giant inflatable Felix the cat by yet another artist whose name I forgot.
After this we took the shuttle back via the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Very cliché. Just a quick break near the Centre Pompidou and then it was time to catch the train back home.
Over and done.
Page Updates (see menu)
Week of 17.02.2019: Reorganisation of some pages and menu. Enkele wijzigingen aan het menu en bijbehorende pagina’s.
- I. Books / Boeken
- II. Gallery
- III. Expo
- IV. Hiding in the Duchy (the Burgundian series)
- V. The Burgundians / De Bourgondiërs
- VI. The Sword in the Stone
- VII. About this site / Over deze website
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