Thursday, 13 March 2014

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Also known as the City Museum of Modern Art. There's only so food and drink a person can consume before they need a little break, even my family, and we sure do love our food and our drink! My parents and I decided it was time to have our first dose of culture together during their Parisian trip. There are loads, and I mean loads, of wonderful galleries, museums, exhibits and shows all over the city, so it wasn't an easy task to pick from the bunch - especially because my Mum and Dad are big gallery fans so I didn't really want to re-do something they'd already ticked off. Also there are all sorts of big, showy adverts for different museums and galleries because March is a big month for new spring exhibition openings. I hadn't a clue where to even start so I really needed some inspiration!

I think Tripadvisor is absolutely great, it's jam packed full of up to date info on things to do, eat and see, and it hasn't let me down yet on my Paris adventure. It works best by area I think, so I picked out roughly the arrondissement where I wanted to be, in the West of the city. Two minutes of scrolling and clicking was all it took before I happened upon the Musée d'Art Moderne page, and I suddenly remembered a friend talking about it and telling me it was well worth a visit. I read a couple of reviews which practically glowed with praise, and it was sold to me. I scribbled down the address and Metro directions and we were on our way to the gallery. 

Located on the Avenue du President Wilson, it's just a short walk away from Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower. The gallery is immaculate and airy, with white walls, tall ceilings and long windows.

It wasn't very busy at all, so it had a very peaceful feeling inside, especially seeing as this was the first exhibit we walked in to.

A huge, dimly lit room with illuminated walls. The 'tapestry' ran all the way around you, I think showing the passage of  time, depicting primitive scenes from centuries ago to the scientific advancement of the present day. At least I think that's what was going on, the only information was in French so I couldn't tell for sure, but it was so very beautiful to look at. 

We spent ages wandering round, talking about what we liked and didn't like, and reading about cubism, fauvism and surrealism, which is great because I am in big need of some surrealist essay ideas for uni! Lots and lots of information about different kinds of isms basically!

The great thing about this gallery is that there's art from loads of different artists and periods, such as Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani, Kandinsky, Dali, Miro, Magritte, the list continues. Oh and one really big attraction for me is that this museum has art in lots of different medias. I get a bit bored if I just see all sculptures or all watercolour paintings, but that no issue here because there's paintings, ceramics, lighting displays, textiles, sculptures, metallics, collages, even furniture... basically all sorts, which made me very happy! Oh and entry in to the permanent collection is 100% free for all, no matter if you're a student or not. How good is that?!

Sometimes the simplest things are the best. A big set of matches, mounted on the wall.

My Mum, Dad and I all loved this racing day painting too and said it'd look good in our hall. It reminded me that the Grand National is coming up very soon, which I love and cannot wait for! I'm not betting woman, except on Grand Nash day, it's good to have a flutter I say!

There were loads of amazing artworks, but this next piece was my star exhibit... At first I saw this in the corner of my vision and thought that it was just some rolls of fabric that had been left lying around propped up in the corner, but then I realised it was actually a bunch of big birthday candles!

These really made me smile, and I had to get a picture of me with them to show you them to scale. You'd need a very big cake to put these on!

We spent a good 2 and a half hours in here, so if and when you come wear comfortable shoes! This is well worth a visit if you are in the area, and there are plenty of lovely bars and brasseries to recharge your batteries and talk about which bit of art was your favourite afterwards. Jenny-sized candles all the way!

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