At the beginning of December I went on a little citytrip to Paris with some female classmates. The main reason for this trip were the exhibitions currently on display, but it was nice to get away from the daily costum and spent some time with friends in a different city. We started our trip with checking in at the hostel and immediately hop on the metro to Foundation Louis Vuitton.
The exhibitions about Basquiat and Schiele (and Franz West in Centre Pompidou) drew us to Paris in the first place. The place was flooded with masses of people. It was hard to take a step back from every piece to look at it properly.
That being said, I’d never seen a piece by Jean-Michel Basquiat in real life before and never had a connection with his work to be honest. It all feels to chaotic for my taste. But after seeing this exhibition I am leaning towards the ‘I like it‘-spectrum. It’s more in the details, the details get my attention and the humour makes me appreciate him more.
Throughout the exhibition I made some photos of the things that caught my eye, so it’s very clear that I liked the details the most.
Besides Basquiat there was an exhibition of Egon Schiele. One of my all time favourite artists, which would be clear if you’ve seen one of my previous posts about my first ever tattoo. The rooms weren’t dressed in white walls but had a warm yellow layer painted on. Since Schiele mostly drew, the drawings were wrapped up in a frame with glass and reflected a little bit of the dim lighting. Which made it harder to take any decent photos with my camera.
I always like seeing pieces by Schiele up close and was glad that the grand mass of people stayed in the Basquiat rooms.
The second and our last day in Paris ended with a visit to Centre Pompidou. They hosted a retrospective of Franz West and I was super, really super excited when they announced this exhibition to the world.
I am a massive admirer of the work of Franz West but I have yet to get to know the artists complete oeuvre. Throughout the years I came across several of his papier-mache sculptures in different museums. The thing I like about his work is that it’s so recognizable. I am attracted to his work time and time again.
West his sculptures aren’t always placed on a pedestal with the only function of admiration. He also made pieces to actually touch and take in your hand. These pieces were ofcourse replicas but it was interesting and fun to actually play with these.
Besides the interaction I really liked the presentation. They placed island after island in this enormous room of the Pompidou. Every island showed different pieces. The thing that I liked about this sculpture below is firstly the pedestal on which it was placed. As you can see every other surrounding pedestal had a clean look, where this one was roughly finished with its own charm. But what attracted me the most was the colour and after reading the little sign next to the sculpture I find out that West didn’t chose this colour himself. Which made my head burst out with ideas for my own practice.
The next sculpture island made me go ‘wauw‘! Why didn’t I ever thought of switching the role of the sculpture and pedestal in which the pedestal becomes part of the sculpture itself. It’s such a simple intervention but has so much effect. I was truly mesmerized by West’s his brain when seeing this.
And ofcourse the pieces that I’ve encountered in several museums before, the papier-mache sculptures. The roughness, the colours and the different pedestals are all just perfect together.
Lastly I want to show these maquettes, I’ve spent a lot of time in front of these.
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