Bêtes Off : contemporary art in Conciergerie until march 2012

Wednesday I was invited at the opening of a great contemporary art exhibition I do recommend you : “Bêtes Off” , in this fabulous men at arms room-dating back to Philippe the Fair- located in Conciergerie on city island, the craddle of Paris where french kings established first their royal residence and center of power before they moved in 14th century to the Louvre.

The City Palace became then a prison called Conciergerie from the name of high ranking character : the concierge who was in charge of order, police and registered prisoners.The Conciergerie prison became saddly famous with the Revolution for having hosted queen Marie-Antoinette during 70 days before she was condemned to the guillotine on Concorde Square in 1793.

Since wednesday a strange forest inhabited with no less strange animals established its winter quarters in this fantastic 14th century  Men at arms room ( a rare and outstanding ex of civil gothic architecture in Paris) for a temporary exhibition devoted to animal place in contemporary art.

Art Orienté Objet , Necking(le langage du cou) ,2007. A knitting trophy as impressive as a real one !

Nicolaï Polissky, the trophy room, 2011 (Royal Monceau collection)

Claire Morgan, Here is the end of all things, 2011

This young irish artist who was remarked very much on Karsten Greve booth during the last Art fair (FIAC) in Paris, constructs in her sculptures/installations a very  striking visual work, operating a fusion between life and death, the fragile beauty  and the horror in nature. Fascinating !

And last but not least my friend Erik Nussbiker (I support him for 15 years now !) with Le temps des mouches (the time of flees), 2011 :

A giant but elegant twisted silk strucure-evoking an hourglass- trembling gently with drafts,like breathing from time to time, filled with flees trying to fly toward the top and falling down inexorably…the passage of time, the allusion of vanity in 17th century dutch painting (the hourglass, the flees…) make that installation the peak of the exhibition, under the magnificent vaulted ceiling.

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