Thursday, 4 September 2008

But is it Art?


I took time out last week and paid a long delayed visit to the Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain. I've been meaning to go for ages and that's the wonderful thing about this blog: it provides me with a reason to escape the mundane, to wander down new streets, to explore far flung corners of the city and to talk to and snap complete strangers. Now how satisfying is that?

So, to MAMAC. The official web site is here and you can read it in English if you wish.
The Museum faces the Theatre of Nice across a broad plaza and as you could guess both are modern in architecture. The plaza is home to three stunning works of art which display so well on this plain, open space one of which is by Niki de St Phalle of whose work I'm a devoted fan. It's called, and you could probably guess this one too, The Loch Ness Monster. I love the sheer exuberance of the piece and its bright shininess appeals to the Blackpool landlady in my nature(Blackpool Landladies please note: no offence intended)
There's a whole gallery devoted to Niki de St Phalle so we'll have a look at more of her work another day.

11 comments:

Virginia said...

Exuberance for certain. This is delightful. Oh how I wish i could have tagged along with you to this museum. Stop by my blog today. A little salute to France!

Olivier said...

je suis un fan de Niki de St Phalle, et je trouve cette sculpture magnifique. J'adore

Abraham Lincoln said...

I must say the name for this is appropriate and fitting. I like it and your photograph of it.

Tanya said...

Very shiny to say the least! Interesting!

Lisa Wilson said...

It looks like something out of a children's book or cartoon! Interesting.

Ineke said...

you are so right, we have some niki de st.phalle too.
will look it up soon and post about it :)

Kuanyin Moi said...

Really love this whimsical sculpture...good photo as well!

JM said...

Well, I like that 'little' monster! Very eye-catching indeed!

Hilda said...

I think it's fun! I love it and I think my nieces would to. :)

Knoxville Girl said...

what a fun sculpture! Blackpool Landladies sound like Southern US ladies - loving those sequins & spangles.

babooshka said...

I had to laugh at the blackpool landladies quip. I lived their for a few years. This is definitely a hello I'm here piece.