My husband Jacques and I spent 3 days in Paris this past week. We booked the 10:14 AM train from Avignon and because of a late start, almost missed it, arriving about 7 minutes before the train pulled into the station. In Paris, we arrived to gray skies and rain. But who cares, this is Paris!
I went back to see the marvelous Van Cleef Exhibit. It makes a difference when you go to a museum mid-week. Jacques I also trekked over to the Pompidou Centre for the Dali Exhibit. We took the Metro to the Hotel de Ville station and walked up Rue Renard. After lunch in a cafe, we went into the museum. I apologize about the quality of my photos. There is the no photos sign next to every picture but I took some anyway with my iPhone.
This is a beautiful exhibit with a selection of 200 of Dali’s major works. There were so many pictures that I had never seen. Obviously my education concerning this artist is lacking. Dali was a brilliant Spanish surrealist artist; a prolific painter, sculptor and writer. The exhibit will run though March, so you have time to see it. The curator, Jean – Hubert has divided the exhibition into themed time periods. I was very surprised by the small size of The Persistance of Memory, oil on canvas – 24 x 33 cm, which is housed in New York at the Museum of Modern Art.
Salvador Dali was quite a character. (1904-1989) ” I am destined to do no less than save modern painting from sloth and chaos”, wrote Dalí in his Journal d’un génie (1964). His father and his brother, who died 3 years before he was born, were also named Salvador. Dali said; “My brother was merely a prototype of myself.”
This one was my favorite. Landscape with a girl skipping rope 1936. The painting is a triptych – here is the whole painting from the internet:
The visage of war or The Face of War 1941
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, also known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica; is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is a popular landmark located at the summit of the butte de Montmartre, the highest point in the city. (from Wikipedia)
19, rue Beaubourg
Metro/RER; Metro: Rambuteau, Hotel de Ville
Times and Prices
From Wednesday 21 November 2012 to Monday 25 March 2013 :
– Monday, Wednesday and Sunday from 11:00 to 21:00
– From Thursday to Saturday from 11:00 to 23:00
Admission prices :
– Full price : 13 €
– Reduced price : 10 €