Friday, May 18, 2012

Center for Contemporary Art

Is this what you expected to see inside yesterday's Cistercian monastery? Me, neither! In 1959, the abandoned  monastery was purchased by Pierre Brache and Genevieve Bonnefoi who began restoration on it in 1960. In 1973, the restored building and the couple's collection of contemporary art were given to the State, the Centre des monuments nationaux, and became a center for contemporary art. There is a permanent collection housed in what used to be the lay brothers' dormitory; the church itself holds traveling exhibits. This one is a collection of fabulous papier-mache gargoyles.
I've never been a huge gargolye fan. In fact, I think the ones on the Notre Dame in Paris are a bit scary-looking. But these guys were so charming and fun, I couldn't help chuckling as I looked at each one perched on the high walls of the church. Like this one who is made from...
crossword puzzles.
How about this fantastical sea monster made with maps of the world with mostly the oceans showing? Makes him look blue.
This monster's slightly green cast comes from the topo maps he's made with..
I think this skinny Asiatic dragon was my favorite, though. He's constructed using...
Chinese newspapers. Clever, eh?
Don't forget to wave as you leave!

I've posted these photos and few others of the gargoyles on my Facebook page.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't been to this summer's exhibition yet. It's on my to-do list. But someone else told me it's worth seeing.