I came back here through an internet cafe with French keyboard so can't type quickly. I can't do photos yet...the other guys have gone to The Catacombs...
Very hot again, and now we have bags to carry...time for a coffee or a beer...
On 23rd mosbunall of us spent 3 great hours at the Traces of the Sacred exhibition. A really fantastic collection.
Check out this video on YouTube (not sure Blogger will let me embed it these days)
from the online description:
At the end of the period commonly known as "disenchantment of the world", a section of modern art reinvented itself in a landscape of overturned beliefs, which continues to contribute to the invention of contemporary forms. Following a journey that embraces the entire history of art in the 20th century, from C.D. Friedrich to Kandinsky, from Malevitch to Picasso and from Barnett Newman to Bill Viola, the exhibition investigates the way in which art continues to demonstrate, often in unexpected forms, a vision that goes beyond the ordinariness of things and how, in a completely secular world, it remains the secular outlet for an irrepressible need for spirituality.
Art would seem to be a characteristic of Homo sapiens; since prehistoric times, it has always appeared in close conjunction with our fundamental interrogations on the questions of who we are, where we come from and what will happen to us. This link between spiritual disquiet and creativity has been deepened by all the great religions. Since the 18th century, in the Western world, the relationship between art and religion has changed considerably. The Reformation, the growth of capitalism, the ideas of the Enlightenment, the cult of reason, and the expansion of cities all led to what Max Weber called "disenchantment of the world". At the same time, the feeling of withdrawing from God as expressed by the Romantic artists, then the announcement that God was dead by Nietzsche at the end of the 19th century, plus the beginnings of psychoanalysis, and advances in physics and Marxism, all led to a rethinking of Man's place in creation, and as a consequence his relationship to religion.
Into this landscape of overturned beliefs, modern art was born. Although during this long process, the secularisation of society delivered artists from their subjection to the Church, the religious crisis did not mean the disappearance of metaphysical questioning. The thesis of this exhibition is that a section of modern and contemporary art was born out of these preoccupations.