Get inspired by contemporary art
I am no art connoisseur but if you are looking for a design idea a visit to the contemporary art museum is a must. It is sure to inspire you or at least leave you with a million questions about our existence and the human mind.
Lit de pigment pure
The exposition begins with Yves Klein’s room where a 40 square meters bed of blue pigment steals the spotlight from all the other just as fascinating pieces. Perhaps it is the color, perhaps it is the size, or maybe both, it is sure to move you and stay engraved in your memory for quite a while. Although I am quite a few centimeters past a child’s age, the soft looking texture and the warmth of the color appeared like a giant sandbox & I wondered what it would be like to roll in it.
Human body painting (anthropometries)
When I first looked at the painting, I actually saw a fish, then bird, then a flower, only to be surprised and disappointed with my art analysis skills - in fact the paintings were made with women’s bodies. I don’t have to tell you that you have to be a little bit of a genius, a little bit crazy, better yet a mix of both, to ask women to swim in paint and then roll on paper.
Still in Yves Klein’s room, my favourite has to be the blue sponge. The shape is so familiar, yet the electric blue gives it a mysterious, futuristic flair.
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Yves Klein MAMAC
James Lee Byars
Moon Column & The Concave Figure
The next room of the exposition contained James Lee Byars creations in pure white dedicated to the moon. The deemed lighting made it all the more interesting, allowing shadows to form from the different shapes of the figures. Perhaps there is nothing special in an oversized white ball but put it all together and you are sure to transport your visitors to the moon.
To view more of this artist's work please go to:James Lee Byars MAMAC
Past, Present, Future
Out of the entire five floor of exposition in the museum, Anish Kapoor’s creations intrigued me the most. The Past, Present, Future (pictured here) welcomes you to Kapoor’s exposition room. This 3.5 meter giant is sure to intimidate you but not only by its proportions of 345 by 890 by 445 cm, but also by depth of the artist’s originality. It’s almost as if Kapoor had to make this figure that large to capture all of his talent. As I walked around the room and stared at the figures, at times long enough to attract the security guard’s attention, I was wondering: What is the secret behind this? What is it that he saw, that we “ordinary” people don’t? What would make someone wake up one day and decide to make these enormous pieces of art that resemble oversized pieces of plasticine from a child’s play?
To view more of this artist's work please go to:http://www.anishkapoor.com/
Niki de Saint Phalle
A piece from the permanent collection that fascinated me the most was the White Gremlin by Niki de Saint Phalle. I kept looking at it and trying to figure out how she came up with this creature. Is it something she dreamed of? Is that a human, a dinosaur? How long did she work on it? Did the idea came to her right away or did it transform into a gremlin as she worked on it? What is the message? Is there a message? What was she thinking when she was working on him/it?
To view more of this artist's work please go to:Niki de Saint Phalle MAMAC
Designing is an art, why not get inspired by fellow artists? No need to take the transatlantic plane to Nice. We are convinced that you will find plenty of mind puzzling work to get your creative juices flowing in a museum in your own city.
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