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Paris–Day 4: The Pompidou

Today we’re off to the Pompidou: a fantastic modern art museum where the building itself is a work of industrial art. Come with us and see what weird and fantastic things we discover!

Kim and I were both still suffering the effects of jet lag, so we slept in most of the morning. By the time we woke in the early afternoon, we were both invigorated and ready to explore! The first thing we explored was the TINY elevator in the building where we were staying. Tiny as it was, we were still fortunate to have one in a building this old and cramming in there sure beats climbing 6 flights of stairs every day…

Me in the tiny elevator. My hands are touching both sides of the car. Me in the tiny elevator. My hands are touching both sides of the car. You can actually fit four medium-sized people in this elevator... assuming you're all REALLY good friends... You can actually fit four medium-sized people in this elevator… assuming you’re all REALLY good friends…

Next we headed out on foot towards the Pompidou. Kim checked out one of the fruit stands and I spied a car that was perfect for her. It was raining off and on all day, but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits.

Kim checking out the fruit stand. Kim checking out the fruit stand. It's the Flower Power car! It’s the Flower Power car!

Here we are!

A panorama of the Pompidou A panorama of the Pompidou

Once we got our tickets, we climbed to the top of the museum and took in the fabulous views of Paris.

A view from the top of the Pompidou A view from the top of the Pompidou

Then it was off to see the exhibits. Click on any of the images to see a larger version.

This is art? This is art? Art or the IT closet at work? Art or the IT closet at work?

Creating this piece must've been a monumental "feet" Creating this piece must’ve been a monumental "feet" Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!

This isn't art. This is a huge donation to the poverty-stricken areas of India that hasn't been made yet. This isn’t art. This is a huge donation to the poverty-stricken areas of India that hasn’t been made yet. Nope, we're not in a kitchen store. This is "art." Nope, we’re not in a kitchen store. This is "art."

Big Indian head! Big Indian head! No, I can't explain the dildo-box. At least there was a sign warning that the explicit nature of this display might hurt the feelings of children... lol No, I can’t explain the dildo-box. At least there was a sign warning that the explicit nature of this display might hurt the feelings of children… lol

Bad luck! Bad luck! Bad luck! Bad luck! Bad luck! Bad luck! No title - Andre Cadere No title – Andre Cadere

It looks like there's a reflection of another painting showing in this picture, but there isn't. It was painted that way to look like you're staring through glass at these women from a street with parked cars. It looks like there’s a reflection of another painting showing in this picture, but there isn’t. It was painted that way to look like you’re staring through glass at these women from a street with parked cars. Some weird art cave... Some weird art cave…

Arne by Chuck Close. When you stand far away from this painting, the portrait becomes clear. Up close, it simply looks like many various colored blobs on canvas. Arne by Chuck Close. When you stand far away from this painting, the portrait becomes clear. Up close, it simply looks like many various colored blobs on canvas. "I like Olympia in black face" by Larry Rivers. I like this installation because of the play on Matisse's famous and controversial painting, "Olympia" and the further statement on racial stereotypes. "I like Olympia in black face" by Larry Rivers. I like this installation because of the play on Matisse’s famous and controversial painting, "Olympia" and the further statement on racial stereotypes.

3D computing, heavy geometry, and tons of meticulous assembly gets you... this. 3D computing, heavy geometry, and tons of meticulous assembly gets you… this. Kim in the cave of math. Kim in the cave of math.

Verner Panton - Sofa Living Sculpture. Austin Powers is ready to shag you now. Verner Panton – Sofa Living Sculpture. Austin Powers is ready to shag you now. This photo isn't out of focus, the painting is. It literally hurts your eyes to look at. Fascinating... This photo isn’t out of focus, the painting is. It literally hurts your eyes to look at. Fascinating…

Kim and the giant shroom! Kim and the giant shroom! Mike and the giant shroom! Mike and the giant shroom!

Yves Klein blue on a naked legless dude. Awesome! Yves Klein blue on a naked legless dude. Awesome!

Whew! After four hours of walking and wandering the museum, our feet were tired. So we headed back home for a yummy salmon dinner with leeks, carrots, and potatoes. What a great day! Tune in tomorrow and see what we do next.

2 Responses to “Paris–Day 4: The Pompidou”

  1. on 19 Jun 2011 at 12:14 pm barbara felty

    great shots. having fun of course

  2. on 13 Mar 2014 at 4:52 am francesca

    Olympia painting (1863) is by Eduard Manet.

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