Hi, I'm Nancy Burke and welcome to my blog. I've lived in France on the outskirts of Paris for over 20 years with my husband, Rob, and a little more recently, our black cat Cassie. My friends tell me that I know more about Paris than most Parisians. I don't know about that but I do try to make the most of living in one of the world's greatest centers of culture, art and architecture. Most weekdays I'm out and about visiting museums, taking tours, or just experiencing French life. I was a long time director of the Friday Tour Group and I'm still an active member.
14 November 2018
The Center des Monuments Nationaux, in partnership with the Mairie de la 8e arrondissement, presents an exhibition by the artist Le Diamantaire at Chapelle Expiatoire. Another interpretation of this neoclassical monument, that was built to commemorate the "royal martyrs" who perished during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, is offered through works that play using this building’s rigorous lines and light. Several different and ingenious installations reveal a fragmented reading of architecture through subtle mirror games. Don’t miss the metallic shaped diamonds before entering the chapel. Inside the main piece on the floor looks like a crown in high relief surrounded by sixteen stars. It is made with only mirrors surrounding a center that revolves giving the appearance of flickering diamonds. In the crypt, the “diamondoscope,” halfway between the kaleidoscope and the telescope, is totally amazing and captivating. Look through it to see the colorful and multiple reflections of the stained glass window and the installation opposite it. This work is a tribute to the kaleidoscope invented in 1816. Also, try the interactive installation with a crank that moves reflections and multiplies their effects according to speed and direction of rotation. Can you find me fragmented and multiplied in a photo? Starting as a street artist and now considered a contemporary artist, Le Diamantaire invites us to use our imaginations and desire to explore. I discovered all that glitters is not gold!
1. This exhibition runs through 8 December 2018. It is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00AM to12:30PM and 1:30PM to 5:00PM and is located at 29, Rue Pasquier, Paris (8th).
2. Information about the exhibition is available in French. However, it’s a delightful visual experience!
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