|Self Portrait in a mirrored circle under the cupola|
|The Sun arrives in Paris|
I have never really understood the excitement over Daniel Buren’s stripes. I like the pillars in the Palais Royale because they break up the weight of tradition. And I love their accessibility: my students enjoyed jumping from one to the next when I took them on a walk from the Comédie Française up to the arcades. Beyond the fun factor, I am not convinced there is so much more to say about Buren’s stripes.
|footprints on a mirror made to look beautiful|
There was one perspective – on film in the café inside the installation – from above. The camera looked up the length of the nave, and down onto the colored perspex giving the impression of a floor covered by a carpet of lilypads. Unfortunately, visitors were not allowed to see this perspective as the stairs leading to the viewing balcony were closed. So while it may be that different perspectives of Excentrique(s) Travail in situ create different installations, I was disappointed not to be able to discover these different perspectives and thus, different dimensions to Buren’s work.
The view on leaving the Grand Palais