Warhol/Basquiat, Mucha, hares, peonies and a volcanic lake: May in review
Just to educate ourselves a little before returning to cultivate our garden, we spent the beginning of May in the Paris region, visiting two very different but both fascinating exhibitions:
- At the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Warhol/Basquiat ?four-hands ?exhibition; personally, I found it magnificent but a little less rich and diverse than the one devoted to Warhol alone, which we had visited previously at the same place; we also took the time to appreciate the setting, the building, the work of architect Frank Gehry; we had had the opportunity to discover another of his successes, the Biomuseum in Panama. In the extravagant setting of the Foundation, near the Jardin d'acclimatation, we also enjoyed the restaurant (named "Franck" in homage to the architect), where we were treated to a very reasonably priced, extremely inventive and delicious "composition",; I recommend it! A tip if you want to avoid the queues at the entrance to the museum: go round to the north, on the garden side.
- The other exhibition that enchanted us was the one devoted to Mucha, aat the Grand Palais Immersif, in the basement of the Opéra Bastille. I was first introduced to Mucha's work in the 60s and 70s, when it inspired posters by artists such as Pink Floyd and Janis Joplin; I even had fun imitating his style (very modestly) for the cover of my third album "Madame Laure Messenger, Claude, Jérémie et l'existence de Dieu". At the Grand Palais, we could spend hours in front of the impressive video montages, in total immersion, based on the posters that Mucha had created at the end of the 19th century for Sarah Bernard's plays or food products such as LU biscuits!
And then we headed back to the Auvergne mountains, where we are only disturbed by the appearance of a couple of hares who have settled in one of the barns, and who come to kiss each other on our terrace (we also regularly see tits ( of the bird species !) and even deer, very close to the buildings); I happily wield the spade and plant flowers and vegetables, tomatoes, zucchini (Francette is waiting for the first flowers to make her famous "poupetons"); hydrangeas, peonies, strawberry plants, peppers and herbs are also on the agenda; I know I've already told you about California poppies, but they're showing such exuberance at the moment that I'm going to mention them again!
The drought has given way to some rain, grass has grown well and we're tending to it with our ride-on mower, which we bought to share with our neighbour Sébastien. And when we feel like going for a ride, we set off on our electric bikes to visit some of the region's beautiful sites, such as the remarkable Gour de Tazenat, a 66 m deep, almost perfectly circular lake of volcanic origin.That's all for today, and we hope you have a great June! Antoine
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