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A couple of Miró and Warhol

If you love modern arts, walk past Jardin du Luxeumbourg and the poster of “De Miró à Warhol” would have caught your attention. Quite easily. It’s bright, and it’s colourful, quite the manifestation of twentieth century art really.

I admit it, my interest mainly lies at the name of Miró. His works which I adore, and he of the fame (well, among my friends, that is) of converting me into an appreciator of modern arts. No other big names captured my imagination as much as Miró. Not even the great Dali, although I have come to learn to admire his art pieces too.

Elated and with great expectations, I was in the queue for the Musée du Luxembourg on a beautiful yet slightly chilly Sunday afternoon with a friend. I should have known, there would be a considerable number of visitor to this exhibition of which 74 pieces of work had travelled all the way to Paris from Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon. Little did I know, beyond the ticket counter, the arts audience would be uncomfortably packed for leisurely appreciation.

Armed with an audioguide, I found myself unable to move beyond the ticket scanner. Oh yeah, it was packed right from the start. The visit was conducted with a number of snaking manouvers in between the other visitors, while at times tip-toeing to see some of the works behind some 3-4 rows of art lovers. Not easy when one is vertically challenged like me.

There are quite a number of gems on display, and I started a new lesson of contemporary arts. There are a few general sections to the exhibition – eclectic collections (really, quite a mish mash), Surrealism (spotted, two Miró pieces), abstract geometrics (think bold shapes and lines), Pop Art (spotted, two Warhol pieces) and post-war arts explorations (I absolutely love Julian Schnabel’s Portrait of Jacqueline from this section).

All in all, I was impressed with this collection of temporary exhibits, and I found myself jotting down on the back of the ticket (I left my Moleskine at home) of the names of artists/works that I intend to look up more information on at a later stage. However, given the relatively small venue, the crowd in there dampened my enjoyment to some degree. It also was not helped by the fact that I wished there were more than just two works of Miró on display.

The exhibition “De Miró à Warhol” runs now until 22 February 2009. Opens daily (time varied).
Tickets at €11 adults, €9 concessions, free under 10 years old. Audioguide at €4.50 each.

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