Parisian Polyphonic


Exhilarating and exhausting. Our days have been jammed packed with lectures and presentations in the mornings and museums until dinnertime. I have seen so much art, it is almost a total blur and I am loosing track of what I did on which days :0) Internet has been spotty here as well.

A short recap: we visited Monet’s Water Lillies at the L’Orangerie…I was totally surprised at how big they are and that they are displayed along the entirety of the walls within two elliptical rooms. No photos were allowed there. We also visited the Musée d’Orsay to see Olympia for a second time and the Bellelli Family. I loved seeing all of the Toulouse Lautrecs, Boldini (pictured) and Renoir clown (pictured). We found some great street art to contrast with the ostentatious palaces and museums. The Pompidou Center had an amazing Modernist exhibition entitled “Multiple Modernities.” This exhibit purposely expanded upon the narrow construct of the Modernist movement to include other countries and multiple mediums to demonstrate the actual plurality of Modernist movement in not only the USA, but also in Latin America, Asian, the Middle East and Africa alongside the different movements in Europe. 200 of the works selected for the exhibit are completely unfamiliar to the public and you can absolutely see how painting, graphic design, photography, etc. developed alongside one another around the globe. Here’s  the exhibit description:

Multiple Modernities renews the museum’s traditional presentation, focusing on a more open, wide ranging approach to art in the modern period. All continents are covered in this selection of over 1000 works by nearly 400 artists, marking for a more balanced representation of the various regions in the world, and a wider overview of this period of art. So the circuit now incorporates artistic expression that developed in the USA, Latin America, Asian, the Middle East and Africa alongside the different movements in Europe. This greatly enlarged reading of the history of art also sheds fresh light on a number of unjustly-neglected aesthetics and artists. Organized in chronological order from 1905 to 1970, it shows how key modernist ideas spread throughout the world, and focuses on the artistic expression of regions hitherto considered marginal.

Multiple Modernities reflects a wide diversity of artistic experience, and features experimental film, photography, the applied arts and architecture. The presentation includes a larger number of women artists, and also puts the spotlight on modern artists’ interest in non-Western arts, popular art, naïve art, modern life and the applied arts. In addition, this multidisciplinary exhibition gives visitors a chance to see 200 unfamiliar works illustrating the rich variety of the Center Pompidou collection, together with new acquisitions and major recent donations.

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