Art | Case Study Collection

L’Art De L’Automobile.  When Ralph Lauren’s private collection of luxury and vintage racing cars were revealed at the Les Arts Decoratifs, suddenly the phrase ‘Art in Motion’ took on a whole new meaning.  Any credible, fine car enthusiast will inform you that to truly take in and enjoy the exquisite craftsmanship embodied in a say a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Millie Miglia, you’ll need to make a complete 360-degree circle around the circumference of the display stand, because only then can you admire each and every angle, curve, and detail as the original designer intended you to do.  After encircling premium automotive engineering feats such as the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder and the 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa I grew enlightened as to why auto shows put each vehicle on a spinning circular stand.

‘Guns & Rituels’ @ Fondation d’entreprise Ricard.  When an artist puts antique rifles on circulating disc tables (that could be borrowed from Will.I.Am – we don’t know….) and exhibits their work at a swanky, hip art gallery over in the 8th – you’d naturally do a double take and walk around the piece and debate about what the artist is contemplating related to death, life’s natural progression, and metal.  We also discussed that brownie points would have been awarded if Billy Idol’s classic hit ‘You Spin Me Right Round‘ had been playing at the same time.

Cite Nationale de l’Historie de l’Immigration.  Museums are to Paris as Delis are to New York, you’ll see one approximately every ten minutes when walking around.  But off the beaten art history path (think the Louve, Orsay, de l’Orangerie), this aquarium/social museum, which was launched in 2002, by former French President Jacques Chirac.  Each space discusses the colonial history of immigration patterns, ethnic migration trends throughout the country over the last 100+ years, and of course what ideas surround French Imperialism.  Although these themes make up the bulk of one’s visit to this site, there is also an extensive modern art gallery with various multi-media art objects.  For example a visitor can interact with the below touch screen and here french words make up a sentence depending on how one moves the words around and arrange a phrase.  It is also one of the first museums that started using the word médiathèque (meaning a multi media center where vistors can look at extensive resource collections) instead of the traditional word for library – bibliotechnique.

‘Peacocks & Rituels’ @ Fondation d’entreprise Ricard.  3D art is cool.  I dig eccentric sculptural motifs, jarring angles, dismembered branches hanging on by a thread, etc.  But don’t assume that all 2D art is flat, meant to be looked at face forward, and square.  The, let’s call it a peacock rug’ of sorts on display at the opening of ‘Rituels‘ addresseeshow a viewer must encompass the entire piece from various angles, and more importantly, the work shows how as humans we’re constantly moving between ‘rituals’ in our personal myth and nature.  Now that’s a different type of media mobility altogether.


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