Paris revealed its rich artistic diversity one freezing day last week when we visited the Musee Carnavalet (http://carnavalet.paris.fr) in the fabulous Marais district in the 4th arrondissement. This treasure house is packed with glorious paintings and furniture from the 15th to 19th centuries, not to mention a sweeping staircase with a stunning 17th century mural by the Brunetti (originally in the Hotel de Luynes, Bd St Germain). And an eerie lock of Marie Antoinette’s hair preserved in glass on the top floor! Then on to Yvon-Lambert’s (www.yvon-lambert.com) amazing contemporary gallery close by on Rue Vieille du Temple where we were bowled over by Louis Greaud’s “World of absolute reality”, 20 plexiglass chairs in different contorted shapes in a white room with stark strip lighting, and Douglas Gordon’s astonishing video projections. Crossing the centuries took on a whole new meaning for us! What a great experience.
Click on the photo to see photos of the interior of the Musée Carnavalet by Karen Knorr.