Enjoying a Bit of Art
01.07.2015 - 10.07.2015
My third time in Paris, so I must finally visit the Louvre.
I decided to take a tour in the evening when I found this Louvre Tour on line.
Of course, the Pei Pyramid is an amazing contrast to the former fort.
As I am not a big fan of old religious art, I enjoyed the tour mainly for the architecture of the building, the history, and the wing that was built by Napoleon III for official entertaining and not living.
Interestingly, this wing was built and used from 1848-1870 - the same time Denver was first settled and started to become a city.
Of course, I enjoyed seeing the Mona Lisa and the other famous works. Did not take pictures because you can find much better than mine would be anywhere on line or in an art book.
This family was on my tour.
I was puzzled why he was wearing a Black Flag T Shirt, and so I asked him about. His son started to laugh. He said his son gave it to him and he guessed it was some kind of game. I said it was a bug spray in the US, so I was puzzled about why he was wearing it. They were British and didn't seem to want to find any more humor in this interaction.
I had visited the Rodin and D'Orssey in the past, so I skipped these. Be sure to go. I like the art there better than in the Louvre.
Definitely on my list this visit were the Palais de Tokyo and the Museum of Modern Art.
The Musee d'Art Moderne is a puzzling maze of rooms. Even the guards had trouble helping find my way out. Here the guards were allowed to pursue private interests during their shift.
This female security guard was knitting. I saw others doing word or number puzzles, and of course looking at their phones.
However, sometimes they would try to act like they were concealing their knitting and puzzles - but never their phones. I was just a bit puzzled about all this. I was tempted to try to do some kind of inappropriate museum behavior to see if anyone would react, but I didn't.
The permanent exhibits are free. I purchased the audio guide and spent several hours there before having lunch on the patio with a view of the tip of the Eiffel Tower.
Don't bother visiting the Palais de Tokyo if you don't like Contemporary Art. I do. I loved the experience.
Both this viewer and I had tears in our eyes looking at this piece made of the wings of bees!
I didn't enjoy all the exhibits, but then I didn't enjoy everything in the Louvre either!
This is just an early morning street scene, but I thought it looked like contemporary sculpture.