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Happy to remember

I am happy to be privileged enough to remember a moment like this one:

Lying back in the gardens of the Louvre

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Three museum moments

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you might have noticed we have a thing about museums. Art museums, history museums, design museums, national museums. We like to engage with the collections, the curatorship, the physical spaces. We like to think about how the buildings enhance, diminish or otherwise interact with their surroundings, their contents and their visitors. And so I have selected three museum moments, instances where the museum we were in at the time took an unexpected twist…

The Chinese Garden Court, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

It was my first time in the Met, and CIA was showing me around some of her favourites. Having seen some of the western art, we decided to check out some of the Asian collection. What neither of us expected at all was to stumble into the Chinese Garden Court. It was nearly empty (a stark contrast to the Impressionist paintings), so peaceful, and the conjunction of modern atrium, tiling, bamboo and rocks just took our breath away. A brilliant moment.

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Love locked in Paris

During the course of one of our many long and winding walks around the city of love (Paris, of course!) in June, we crossed le Pont des Arts, one of the many bridges criss-crossing the Seine (it’s truly impressive the number of bridges crossing the Seine, and these are the ones in Paris alone!). However, this was a bridge with a difference: little did we know when we stepped onto this footbridge that we were about to cross one of Paris’ love-lock bridges.

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Don’t lose your head

Sculpture amazes me, and I have stood for long periods of time in awe of the detail – in different styles – that sculptors such as Rodin, Louise Bourgeois (the sight of her Maman standing aloft in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall still haunts me!), Michelangelo and Alberto Giacometti manage to infuse into their pieces. I also love more abstract sculpture by artists like Richard Serra and Henry Moore, which are often particularly striking through sheer size, shape and vision, rather than minute, life-like detail. Surely though, the human body must remain as one of the most challenging subjects for a sculptor. Perhaps this was one of the reasons why the two pieces of sculpture below caught my eye during our travels over the last few months, and have lingered in my mind. As you can see, both are of human heads but they are separated by centuries and vastly different stylistic techniques. Yet looking at the photos I took of them, I find them both captivating and convincing pieces of artwork, and seeing them here next to each other, I like the contrast too.

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Ninety-nine posts ago, we started this new blog. Our aims for it were — and continue to be — simple; for it to serve as a place where we collect together things that intrigue, inspire and interest us. Crucially, we intended it as a creative outlet for us to share together, and we are really enjoying this joint project so far.

So, to celebrate, here are are a few photos that we have taken over the last few months, in various places when the light has been right, and we cast shadows of ourselves, as we explore the world together.

Here we are inside Le Grand Palais, walking in rainbows.
Paris, June 2012.

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Walking in rainbows: Daniel Buren at le Grand Palais

Today I get the fun task of revealing the amazing Paris experience that we had on the final day of our recent trip (I posted a teaser yesterday!) Hopefully that post and the photo I included was enough to whet your appetite. If you are into art and in particular contemporary installation art, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll enjoy this post, and even if you are not, I think you will too (well, I hope so, at least!).

An external shot of the Grand Palais, with a billboard for Daniel Buren’s MONUMENTA 2012 show

MONUMENTA is an art project organised by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication which has been running for a couple of years now. I’d never heard of it before, and it was only by chance that we got to catch MONUMENTA 2012. Each year a different well-known international contemporary artist has been given the space of the nave in the Grand Palais to create a site-specific art work – no mean feat given that the Nave space is 13,500 square metres! Read more

A moment of self-awareness

A second effort at blogging, with better rules of engagement (a line which lends itself well to a future post…) has been really terrific. This evening though, as I had a search through some photos I had a moment of self-awareness I might otherwise have missed.

Okay, and now check this one out.

See the pattern? Until tonight, I didn’t. How cool is that? Or, does blogging improve your self-awareness too?


Photos by PJD in the Louvre, Paris and on Gamla Stan, Stockholm. The light was provided for free by the sun (for the short-term, at least), and the statues were placed there by others for PJD’s own benefit. This last statement may be exagerrated.

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