|The magnificent Fountain of the Four Seasons by Edme Bouchardon|
caught my eye from the corner
It certainly looked intriguing. I couldn't resist.
|They were having a Murano glass exhibition|
I don't think I'd ever been to a glass exhibition before
and didn't quite know what to expect
It was an amazing exhibition showcasing 700 years of Murano glass, with 200 pieces from public and private collections. Sadly photos were interdit, so my stealth photos are pretty ordinary. There was a very informative audio guide available in English (and French of course, and one or two other languages from memory).
Glassmaking began in Venice in the 10th century, and the industry was moved to the island of Murano in the 13th century because of fears about fire spreading from the dangerous furnaces. The Venetian glassmakers drew on the heritage of both east and west, the legacy of the Roman Empire, and also enamel painting which hadn't been seen in Europe.
|My favourite piece|
Carrona, Javier Perez
a really cool red chandelier, smashed, with ravens
|Everyone stopped to admire it|
|This one has a "sand" walkway of glass|
you can just see the glass steps leading up to the video steps
the glass steps formed then disappeared over again
so that the figure in video was walking away
|A collection of glass turkeys in a wire cage|
I'm not sure why either
I also got to see a glass covered table made for Napoleon. I was less impressed with the rest of the museum devoted to the afore unknown (to me at least) Aristide Maillol. The paintings were impossible to try to catch a picture of, but I did prefer his sculpture work anyway. I was running short of time at this stage, I imagine these are studies for his larger works.
The Murano exhibition is now closed, but you can take a quick video tour here.
61 Rue de Grenelle
Open daily 10.30-19.00 (21.30 on Friday)
Free for children under 11 (The French love imparting art to their children and many museums are free for kids).
February 2015- sad news today as Musée Maillol announced closure due to bankruptcy.
There is a Dallayou very close by, and I may have popped in after my artistic meanderings. Only to help Mr Wicker along on his eclair challenge mind you.
|The lovely man gave me a bonus cerise/pistache macaron!|
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