'Heaven for Artists' The 2008 Centre Georges Pompidou Exhibition
'Heaven for Artists' The 2008 Centre Georges Pompidou Exhibition
  • Hwang Hong Yuhwa
  • 승인 2009.03.02 21:19
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There are many famous museums in France such as the Louvre, Orsay, Cluny. Centre Georges Pompidou is one of the world’s most famous art centers in Paris, France.   It is named after Georges Pompidou, who was the President of France.  Approximately 60,000 paintings, installations and visual arts are housed in it.  However, what about those of us who can’t fly to France?  You can appreciate Centre Georges Pompidou’s famous masterpieces in Korea right now in Seoul.

The exhibition being held in Korea is classified into 10 themes including 'Golden Age,' 'Messenger,' 'Harmony,' and 'Lunch on the Grass.'  This exhibition not only provides a chance to appreciate 39 of the best modern artists ranging from 20th century artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Chagall to contemporary artists including Yves Klein and Gary Hill, but also to take a look at the changes of spiritual flow revealed in Western culture after the 20th century.

To enter the exhibition you have to pass behind a curtain.  On the curtain, a painting by Nicolas Poussin, <Les Bergers d'Arcadia>, is reflected.  This is kind of a gateway to make you ready to enter the ‘Heaven of Artists.’  At first, you’ll meet 24 sheep on a lawn.  These are the installation of Fran?ois Xavier Lalane.  If you look at it carefully you will realize that some of them have no heads.  The fact that they are on a fertile lawn but are shaped abnormally could be interpreted in many ways.  It shows that ‘heaven’ is full of richness and pleasure but there are also nihilism and death.  By finding your own meaning about the installation, you can participate in the exhibition.

You’ll also find world famous paintings by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.  In their paintings you will see that they usually used vivid colors like red, blue and yellow.  This could also refer to ‘heaven’ being full of health, happiness, and nature.  Find your own ‘heaven’ in their paintings.

You can appreciate the paintings online(http://www.centrepompidou.fr/) too.  However, remember that this is a very rare chance to see Matisse and Picasso’s paintings in direct contact.  Even if you are not very interested in art, the paintings in full, vivid and brilliant color will be enough to attract your attention.

Opening time: from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. 
Admission: 12,000 won for adults, 9,000 won for students and 7,000 won for children. 
For more information: 02) 325-1077~9,

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