Thursday 27 September 2012

New modern work of art for a modern art museum in the historical center of Paris

Zinedine Zidane headbutt statue
"Zinedine Zidane headbutt statue" - Adel Abdessemed
On this Tuesday, 25th of September 2012, a strange new piece of Art was installed on the square of the Pompidou center. If you get closer, you can recognize an event that football-soccer fans can't forget (but even if you are not one, you may know it also because it was widely related in the French or Italian media).

Zinedine Zidane headbutt statue (different views)
"Zinedine Zidane headbutt statue" at the George Pompidou Center - Adel Abdessemed

Some explanations => here.
The statue is huge, have a look below, just before its installation:

Zinedine Zidane headbutt statue on a truck before installation
"Zinedine Zidane headbutt statue" on a truck before installation - Adel Abdessemed

Paris is an historic city, nevertheless a modern city, a city which regularly grows rich of new works of art, temporary or permanent. So, if you are use to walk (or run) in the city, you may be often surprised by new artistic appearances.
Have a walk in the district of Beaubourg for example and you'll discover how the city can be rich in history and in modernity.

Pompidou center
Modern art museum George Pompidou Center (also named "Beaubourg center" or "Beaubourg" as the district name)

The Pompidou Center, for instance, created in 1977, was the subject of a big controversy. Its detractors even said that it was the best place to see Paris, because it was the only spot where you can't see the Pompidou Center... (actually, it is a very nice viewpoint!).

In any case, the creation of the museum entailed an important artistic revival of the district.
See, very near, the "Niki de Saint-Phalle" fountain which pays tribute to the different works of the composer Stravinsky.

Niki de Saint-Phalle fountain
Stravinsky fountain or Automaton fountain 1983 - Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely
Near the fountain, see a recent huge street-art creation:
Wide wall art painting representing a man saying "hush"
"Chuuuttt !!!" ("Huuusssh") 2011 - Street art - Jef Aerosol
Close to the Pompidou center, we can admire old creations, as the Saint-Jacques tower, which was modern at the time!
Saint-Jacques de la Boucherie tower
"Saint-Jacques de la Boucherie" tower
If you in Paris in October, you will probably be amazed by the modern art outdoor creations, temporary sculptures or other kind or artistic expressions linked to the FIAC.

Saturday 8 September 2012

Conciergerie - The first public clock

The tower of the clock
The tower of the Clock

If you visit Paris, do visit the Conciergerie.

We had to bear giant advertisements since 2011, big commercial images spoiling the river Seine. I guess there could be other ways to finance the restoration than allowing these huge advertising hoardings:

At least, it is now completely renovated. The result is beautiful.
The clock is now visible in all its beauty.
It was the first public clock being installed around 1370. This version dates from 1535.
The renovation seems to have restored the clock in a state more compliant with the original clock.

The clock

Gilts and paintings are redone. The most considerable change is the background restored in blue with fleur-de-lis (lily flowers).

The clock
The Clock

Go check, the clock is on time!
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