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