The ladies are traveling. I was a bit miffed; for despite the risk of getting my feet wet, I had hoped to pay my respects to them again. They hardly ever leave their Paris castle. These chatelaines are usually at home, during visiting hours of the Musée de Cluny in Paris.
The van Gogh Museum currently treats its visitors to an interesting exhibition. Its title is “The Dutch in Paris”. This temporary exhibition can be viewed as a stand-alone one, or as the first to three related exhibitions on the same theme.
Staff had warned me months ago: “The autumn exhibition will be a grand one again!” Despite the The Hague Gemeente Museum’s Mondriaan exhibition being nominated for an important award, it had totally not impressed nor enchanted me. Security and staff noticed, so asked me to revisit this autumn.
Heeding their advice, I visited the museum’s Art Deco exhibition. Staff and security were right. “Art Deco – Paris” is far more impressive than that Mondriaan exhibition!
While waiting for friends,staff at one of the museums I used to work for had a chat with me. They told me about their event, special guest, to sign up quickly. This monthly event is becoming very popular, but the number of tickets remains limited.
Of course you know his “Thinker”. It is one of the best known sculptures in the world. Perhaps you have seen “The Kiss”, or his “Balzac”, or “Burghers of Calais”. Or you may be familiar with his sketches and drawings? Or his unorthodox private life?
“From elite to the street”, is the exhibition’s subtitle. For the van Gogh Museum takes you from elitist collector’s rooms to Parisian streets. This new exhibition explains the craze for prints which took Paris by storm during the “fin de siecle”.
This spring, the French Musée d’Orsay in Paris intends to surprise and delight with a landscape exhibition. This exhibition could be admired previously at the Ontario Art Gallery, in Canada.
Drat! One of my favorite early music ensembles, which I got to know through the Utrecht Early Music Festival, will perform twice at one of my favorite museums! Unfortunately, I may not be able to attend. Merde! Merde! Merde!
Officially, one cannot win France’s literary Prix Goncourt twice. Romain Gary did. After reading his “La vie devant soi” with the English reader group, “Education européenne” was suggested by a French member. We never got round to it, so the novel remained unread in the bookcase. However, after the recent Paris attacks, I craved something by an author with a European, or even cosmopolitan pen.
The two of them nearly caused a major diplomatic row. By now, a kind of “entente cordiale” has been reached, though relations are still cool. The lovebirds will remain together – though they belong to different countries.