The first exhibit was black and white photographs by Lucien Clergue
|This is the photo which was used to advertise the exhibition. There were many studies of gypsies|
He was born in Arles and saw the city after the ravages of the second world war. His early work was of people in the ruins, dead animals, bull fighting, and the flora of the Carmargue. There was also an erotic series of nudes on beaches with water swirling around the naughty bits. He was encouraged in his work by Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. We were enthralled by a series of 198 large prints along one wall entitled Kinetic Panorama. These were from the Carmargue showing the flora in sometimes strong and contrasting lighting to give a psychedelic effect - plants, sand and ice patterns, flotsam etc. An excellent exhibition from an artist who died in 2014.
A series of 18 video screens depicting acrobats by David Hockney
A series of three screens by Rineke Dijkstra entitled "I see a woman crying" showed the reactions by a group of Liverpool school children on seeing Picasso's "Weeping Women" of 1937. The reactions and thoughts of the kids were engaging.
|The Grand Palais is an enormous ornate exhibition hall with a glass domed roof. There were four exhibitions being held at the same time|
|This gull was trying to eat a plane tree seed while the starlings were bathing|
|Dinner this evening was at Le P'tit Canon|
|The kidney with pleurottes and potatoes had a wonderful sauce|
|The Theatre Tristan Bernard is in a normal building which would appear to contain apartments and offices. It has a small street presence and the theatre auditorium is set back. It was very well attended and well received.|