Today we visited the Centre Pompidou with Sophie and her mom to see the exhibit entitled The Movement of Images. The modern architecture of the Centre Pompidou serves as a contrast to the mostly historic buildings we have visited. We first went up to the 6th floor which offers a magnificent view of Paris. Because the Centre Pompidou is not as tall, we got a more close up view of the streets of Paris than from some of the other buildings.
One of the more memorable works of art in the museum is Leveque’s Valstar Barbie. It is more of an experience as opposed to just a work of art. It consists of a room shaded pink-red with a red stiletto shoe in the middle. The combination of lighting and music in the room makes it have a bizarre effect. Another memorable piece was a smashed-up car made by Lavier. What especially makes this piece disturbing and powerful is the careful placement of the broken glass which made me feel as if I have witnessed a spectacle frozen in time.
In the afternoon, we visited Parc Monceau with Vincent. Emilie told us about how she used to walk and play in this park when she was younger. Of all the parks we visited in Paris, this was probably my favorite, perhaps because it was a Sunday afternoon and the place felt vibrant with people strolling: parents or grandparents and children, lovers, friends. We even saw some children riding ponies. If I ever spend more time in Paris, I have decided that I will spend my Sunday afternoons reading and people watching in this park.
In the evening we went to the Opéra Garnier. When it started construction, in the 1860’s, Emperor Napoleon III’s wife asked Charles Garnier, the architect, whether the opera would be constructed in Greek or Roman Style, and he replied, “Neither. It will be in the style of Napoleon III.” The ceilings were painted by Marc Chagall in 1964, and although this was controversial at the time because of the contrast to the rest of the building, I really liked the paintings on the ceiling and thought they made the opera house more unique and memorable.
That night, there was a concert which was a tribute to Shostakovich. I liked some of the pieces, although others were a bit too modern for my taste. I hope to one day come back to see a ballet in this amazing theater.