Love is here to stay!
Canadian-American Frank Gehry has had a wonderful week in Paris with his Louis Vuitton Foundation inaugurated on Monday while the George Pompidou Center is giving his work a major career retrospective. Paris continues to enthrall with her capacity to preserve the old and integrate new architecture.
"The harmonious combination of history and modernity in Paris is truly
unique. Other cities, notably many Italian cities, are also steeped in
history and have incredible contemporary art and design scenes. But the
old and the new tend to remain very separate. In contrast, Paris has
learned to integrate the two. It negotiates the fine line between its
rich history and cutting-edge design in fascinating ways. Many other
European cities struggle with this awkwardly and often unsuccessfully." Michael Hermann interview in This Paris Life
- Kevin Elstob
- In my interests below, I list French language, cinema, theatre, politics, art, and wine. And while French brought me to a lot of these things, I also like all of them in a more general way. I really love languages and their connections. I also have a thing about how theatre and cinema, art, politics and wine all hook up in some way. As I think of these ideas, I can hear the thwonk of the cork coming out of the neck of the bottle, and the gentle squeak as the cork is twisted off the tire-bouchon. Ah, that oakey, musty, acidic aroma wafting, wafting and people talking and talking and talking. And, oh they found out we have some sets of boules and they want to play pétanque. "Let's pick teams and play in the shade of those plane trees." The sounds of summer resonate: the crunch of the terrain under foot, the click of the iron bocce knocking in the players' hands, and the soft kiss of the wooden cochonnet as it hits the ground scuttling down to its resting point where it will await the arrival of each team's battle-worn aggies.