Week 43.1: In the galleries: Maurizio Cattelan at the Monnaie de Paris

Returning from Ireland I had some time with ML to visit a few galleries in Paris and take pictures, in particular the Maurizio Cattelan show at the monnaie de Paris. Cattelan is a contemporary Italian …sculptor, I guess. He is very funny, irreverent and though-provoking. He appears himself: here you can see his head sticking out of a hole they made in the floor. Look over the hole and you will see his surrogate is standing on a pile of books…

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In the hole

One of his most famous sculptures seems to be, from behind, a praying schoolboy (this work is always facing into the wall, so one has to walk close to see what it is). Walking close one discovers that it is actually…

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You may know this man…

The Monnaie de Paris is a monumental location and Cattelan makes a good use of this space:

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In the monnaie

His most famous work is pope Jean-Paul struck by a meteorite. What I really like about photographing in galleries is that people of course think you are taking pictures of the work but that is not always the case :-).

 

Lastly, a few hundred metres away I went into this gallery and saw some Jean Tinguely. I don’t really care for Tinguely, but I didn’t turn around and leave after I saw these two interesting characters. In my haste I made a mistake on the exposure alas, but something came out (I don’t think it is possible to over-expose on film taking pictures inside, and from now on I will dial down aggressively…)

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At the Tinguely

On the Sunday, we were lucky to make a short drive with ML’s family to the seaside: I’ll show those in my next post.


Technical notes. Camera: A Leica M6 with a Summicron-M f2.0/50mm. Film: Tri-X 400 @ 1600 in HC110 B at 14mins.

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