12 February 2014

Paris in winter 1 | 冬のパリへ①

My husband and I spent 5 days in Paris last week. It's amazing that after only a 2-hour train journey from London, you have a completely different world!

We visited quite a lot of exhibitions there. Here are some highlights:

先週、ツレアイと5日ほど冬のパリへ行ってきました。 しかし、ロンドンから2時間電車に乗るだけで、全然違う世界が広がってるって、なんだかスゴイ。


 18/09/13 - 09/02/14

The first exhibition was about Etruscan art. I didn't know much about the Etruscans but after seeing this fantastic exhibition, I became a big fan of their art and design.


Look at those content expressions! They seem to have reached Nirvana..

Snufkin from Moomins?

A sculpture by Giacometti?

From their art, I got the feeling that they had a relaxed enjoyable life. A bit like Pompei, perhaps?


Joan Fontcuberta/Camouflages
15/01/14 - 16/03/14

 This is our favourite gallery in Paris. We see exhibitions there every time we go to Paris and are seldom disappointed.

This exhibition was so much fun. A Catalan artist Joan Fontcuberta creates fake events with photos, videos, documents, etc. For example, he shows the life of an astronaut from USSR with a lot of pictures, news footage, and even some his childhood drawings, all of which are fake but very convincing. If I hadn't been told that the artist invented this astronaut, I would have believed he was real. So what is reality??

Maison Européenne de la Photographie は、わたし達お気に入りの写真ギャラリー。パリに行くたびに行ってますが、未だハズレなしです。

さて、今回観たのは、カタルーニャ出身のアーティスト Joan Fontcuberta。これがねー、めちゃめちゃ楽しいのですよ。写真、ビデオ、書類、なんかを使って架空の出来事を見せていく趣向になっていて、たとえば、旧ソ連出身の宇宙飛行士の人生が、たくさんの写真、ニュース映像、はては彼が子供時代に描いた絵なんかで紹介されるわけです。全部偽物なのですが、すごいリアル。何も知らなかったら、本当にこういう宇宙飛行士がいたんだー、と思っちゃう。真実、って何だろう?と考えさせられる展覧会でした。

Le Surréalisme et l'objet
30/10/13 - 03/03/14

This exhibition explores the era in which the Surrealism movement was at its height and also shows some of contemporary "Surreal" works. It was very interesting to see how those Surrealists exhibited their works back then. There was some footage of the exhibitions and you can see that people were shocked by what they saw!

By the way, the next exhibition at Pompidou is one of my favourite photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson. Aghhhh, I wish I could see it!

シュルレアリスム運動が一番盛り上がっていた時代をドドンと紹介する展覧会。現代作家の "シュールな" 作品も少し並んでました。当時のシュルレアリスム展の様子が再現されていて、今見ても斬新。ビデオもあって、作品を見たお客さんが口をあんぐり、という映像がおかしかったです。さぞ、衝撃的だったんでしょうねー。


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