Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Macabre Travel: C'est La Vie Vanities in Paris

I am currently packing for my trip to Paris at the end of the week. I am eagerly looking forward to the ''That's Life! Vanities: From Caravaggio to Damien Hirst'' exhibit at Paris' Musee Maillol
until June 28th.

The exhibit is a collection of work from contemporary and classical artists that examines the relationship of life, death and vanity. Modern artist Damien Hirst's crystal studded skull was a flashy controversial piece when it debuted, but suits the theme perfectly as a representative of today's interpretation of the theme. Contemporary artists seem to view death with a rebellious view. Caravaggio's haunting monk, or Luigi Miradori's Sleeping Cupid showed the macabre respect of the elders in accepting detch.

There is pop art from Keith Haring, surrealism, and historical pieces dating back to the mosaics of Pompeii. If anything is to be learned from such work, it is that life is short, enjoy it any way you can...

1 comment:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sounds like it will be a great exhibit to see!


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