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Vanity post; or, random shots of Luxembourg

These pictures have in little common, besides the facts that I am:

  1. in them
  2. like them

They cover various points of interest (or points of random) throughout Luxembourg City, and this marks the end of our Luxembourg Week special.

But here’s a small question – and it doesn’t have to be rhetorical – has some place left a mark on you from a fleeting visit?

PJD

All photos by CIA, because, of course, PJD can’t very well take pictures of himself. Because he left his tripod in New Zealand in what was, retrospectively, a huge mistake.

Post Script:
Incidentally, some readers of this blog may have seen some of these images. Apologies, to those readers, in the event that they never wanted to see any of those pictures ever again.

Luxembourg, why not?!

The tiny country of Luxembourg  (look, it really is tiny!) was in celebration mode over the weekend with a royal wedding. It’s not a country that you see in the news very often, and it is probably not high up on any list of Europe “must-see” places (aside from if you are keen to do a micro-states-of-Europe tour, which we are, one day). However, it was where we found ourselves for Easter this year, as much a result of opportunity as of design. Luxembourg turned out to be an absolute treat, a place we were both so glad to have visited and which we have since been recommending excitedly to European friends as a fun weekend destination, and encouraging antipodean friends to consider adding to their itinerary if they ever find themselves in Europe. I’ve already written about Luxembourg’s wonderful MUDAM on a previous occasion (or two), but this week, spurred on by reading about Luxembourg in the newspaper over the weekend, we are dedicating a few posts to some of the other wonderful things about this little place. For today, here’s another of our favourite photos of the stunning and formidable city walls (which PJD wrote about earlier this week).

The landscape – manmade and natural – in Luxembourg really is quite astounding. So, I hope you continue to enjoy getting a little Luxembourgish with us this week…

CIA

Photo by CIA, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Easter 2012.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

At first, this week’s photo challenge seemed rather tricky. But with deeper reflection, and a number of conversations travelling to and from Utrecht, CIA and I settled on some photos from the Louvre. It’s been a week heavy with posts about Museums, so hopefully this will not push all you readers over the edge, but here are three efforts at finding a merge in the photographic world – without utilising photoshop™.

Architecture into Art; Art into Architecture

I.M Pei has already been congratulated once in this blog, for his Magnificent MUDAM. And we have MUDAM to thank for introducing us to the glorious work of Wim Delvoye. In this case, we get the interaction of Pei’s architecture-as-art Pyramid in the Louvre, and Delvoye’s art-as-achitecture beautiful, refined twisted gothic tower pointing straight at the pinnacle of the pyramid. The ominous Parisian sky above adds a sense of foreboding to the image.

Art, History, Literature – accident or intention?


When I saw this piece, I immediately thought of Animal Farm, I don’t know at all if Delvoye meant to evoke the novel, but that novel’s excoriating exposition of the perils of totalitarianism certainly would seem to align with the artist’s dislike of establishment. Additionally, this was the Napoleon Apartments, and so:

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

The Louvre, literary references, the weight of history. What more could anyone want?

Architecture and the epitome of modern consumer design

So, an inverted pyramid (thank you again Mr Pei), and in the background, an Apple™ store. What else? There’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

PJD

Photos by CIA and PJD, le Louvre, Paris, June 2012 (Merged).

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

The power of good architecture: entranced and enchanted at Mudam, Part 2

As I wrote about a couple of days ago, Mudam, Luxembourg’s contemporary art museum, is an architectural gem. I promised to take you inside the building, so you can see for yourself whether the building on the inside stacks up to how it looks outside.

The materials on show on the outside flow through to inside, making for gallery spaces that are in many instances beautifully lit by natural light which spills in through the large panes of glass in the roof and widows. The Grand Hall greets you soon after arrival. It is breathtaking in scale and structure, and serves as the main hub of the building, with other galleries leading off on either side and at different levels. Without a doubt, the moment I glimpsed the Grand Hall, I knew that we were in for something special.

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The power of good architecture: entranced and enchanted at Mudam

It’s not very often that you come across a building that really makes you stand up straight and take notice, and which really captures your heart and imagination. When we visited Mudam – the first and magnificent contemporary art museum in the tiny nation of Luxembourg, we experienced one of these rare instances of architectural delight.

As previously shown on foldedcranes.com, Mudam was a place that really did delight us and made us very happy. One of the first things that struck us about this building – designed by Ieoh Ming (I.M.) Pei (perhaps his most well known architectural creations being the Louvre glass pyramids in Paris) was the way in which the new building was integrated into the ramparts of the ancient fortifications which are still standing on the site. Initially when we approached Mudam we wondered if the old and new meshed together as a whole, but as we got to know the building better, we quickly saw that this was far from the case, and instead that this was a building epitomised by a sense of true balance and harmony. Read more

Staircases of Le Louvre

Have you been to the Musee du Louvre? It’s in the Palais du Louvre and is one of the world’s largest museums, housing a vast collection in its sprawling Richelieu, Denon and Sully wings. Perhaps you know the sight of I.M. Pei’s striking pyramid additions (one outside, and one inverted, inside). Here’s the Cour Napoleon, with the pyramid in the middle. I sneaked this photo through an upper window while we were inside the Louvre. I like the ant-like people far below, and the symmetry of Pei’s modern architecture against that of the renaissance style of the old building.

Needless to say, it was exciting to see the beauty of Pei’s work again, after we had loved his MUDAM building so much (we will return to write more about that amazing place again soon!). Inside the Louvre though, the sheer number of staircases in the building’s interior, and the variations in style struck me as quite something, so I took a few pictures of these interesting escalier.

Some are classical in style, as one would expect in such a building (as above), but some are modern, and the contrast is stark, even if the materials used have been chosen to stay in keeping with the rest of the building:

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