kate5kiwis: français friday


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Friday, November 10, 2006

français friday

I know that Parisians debated most passionately when the Louvre had its glass pyramids addition, completed in 1989 (the year we were married!).

The Palais du Louvre, which houses one of the most stunning collections of artworks in the world, is known first and foremost as a museum. Yet for almost seven hundred years the buildings constituted one of the principal residences of the kings and emperors of France. In 1793, the Louvre became a museum, and has been given over ever since to the conservation and presentation of thousands of artworks and legacies of past civilizations.

The construction of the pyramid triggered considerable controversy, many people feeling that this futuristic edifice looks quite out of place in front of the Louvre Museum with its classical architecture. Others came to appreciate the juxtaposing of contrasting architectural styles as a successful merger of the old and the new, the classical and the ultra-modern.

I understand the feelings of hesitation re: mixing vieux et nouveau. (it's just like eating nuts with chocolate: no. NO.)

and i had exactly the same reaction when, after mooching through this beautiful garden, basking in the sparkly magic of exquisite structures,

ponds and fronds, and statues.... including Mr Tumnus lol..

we came across this:

I do love the Louvre's pyramids: they add a breathtaking quality and provide a wonderful place to chat and cool off on a hot summer's day..
but français-ly, that surreal face gave me a fright.


Blogger BeachMama said...

That is a bit freaky, I wonder if it is the same as that one in the river where every year a new part of the body appears above the water. First it was a nose and mouth, then came a knee and a foot and a hand...kinda weird, but fun at the same time.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's when they go under you have to worry!

10:02 PM  
Blogger Marie N. said...

The impressionists are rolling over in their graves. There does seem to be an absence of taste for this piece to be in this setting. Is it a permanent installation or a visiting display?

12:54 PM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

yeah, it is all too weird.
i have no idea... i hope it's an alien visitor, and will be gone by the time i return. chances are very high that it will...

10:17 PM  

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