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I spent a few days in Malaga prior to Easter which was not invoking excitement in anyone who asked us where we were going. However, if you like art (and cheese, red wine, great tapas, beach bars and amazing easter processions) then this is the city for you.  Malaga has the Museo Picasso, Centro Pompidou, CAC Contemporary Art Museum (with great grafitti nearby) and the ones we didn’t make it to: Carmen Thyssen Museum,   Russian Collection, Glass Museum and the Wine Museum (not art but sounds like it is worth spending time there!).  Within a short drive is the Ralli Museum near Marbella which we had to ourselves and was right by the beach.  Malaga is an interesting and beautiful city and worth a weekend away.

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The trip to Paris was arranged to see the new Fondation Louis Vuitton, the new building designed by Frank Gehry.  It is an impressive building all wood, glass and water with several floors going up onto the rooftop.  As an admirer of Gehry buildings, and having travelled distances to see them, I was not disappointed and will return again to enjoy the space.  We were very lucky that Olafur Eliasson had an exhibition on designed to fit the space – he is the chap that installed the sun in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern.  The exhibits were full of light, shadow and mirrors, disorientating but fun.  Cannot recommend this enough.

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I cannot remember the Musee Picasso from 25+ years ago but apparently this newly laid out museum has much more space and more work on display.  I wasn’t that excited about going back there as the trip was mainly to see the Fondation Louis Vuitton.  However, the wide range of print, sculpture, drawings and paintings, mainly in chronological order but sometimes themed, does leave you in awe as the body of work Picasso left behind.   It is a 15 minute walk from Pompidou so easy to take in the Koons and Picasso together.

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Before Xmas I booked the Eurostar to Paris for a day trip to see the new Fondation Louis Vuitton designed by Frank Gehry.   Looking to fill in some time we also booked tickets to see the Picasso Museum redesign having visited it almost 30 years ago.  However, I then read that Jeff Koons had a retrospective at the Pompidou and that we were going to be very lucky in seeing Olafur Eliasson within the Fondation.  Wonderful day out starting with Koons.

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Took the Eurostar to Paris for the day.  Sounds extravagant but I am a big Chagall fan and between this show, Between war and Peace, and the show just opened at the Tate in Liverpool, I am getting in more Chagall viewing in 2 shows than a lifetime of seeing the odd ones dotted about galleries across the globe.  What can I say, if you like Chagall you will love this show – colour and image overload – I just walked about with a big smile on my face and the only way I forced myself away was knowing I would be in Liverpool in 2 weeks to see his work again.

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Also took the chance to see Ron Mueck at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.  He operates out of North London and shows rarely as it takes so long to make the pieces.  You can get an idea of the scale of  Couple under a Umbrella by the blurry shot with people standing alongside it.  It is incredible – you can see the hairs on the bodies, creases in the flesh, unbelievable detail and so real.  The other pieces in the show are smaller but amazing; in Mother and Baby the baby is so real it’s almost creepy. Show been extended to October so take the train to Paris and take a look.

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Not been out and about in London recently but sought out culture wherever I could on a long trip to California/Nevada and Arizona.  I spent a few days in LasVegas and really enjoyed it despite having no interest in casinos and gambling as it surprised me. Vegas is an enormous gallery with casinos that are like interactive art installations; the Venetian with its gondolas; Caesar’s Forum with its ceiling that changes from day to night and The Wynn with waterfalls inside. The buildings themselves either have a cartoon like character like New York New York or are modern and stunning like The Aria or the Libeskind Crystals at City Center with its water sculptures.  And other art such as the Bellagio chandelier Fiori di Como by glass sculptor Dale Chihulyin the lobby.

And at night it all changes as the lights come on and the neon appears.

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And that is Vegas to me, a huge gallery of neon signs whether they are lit or unlit.  And I loved it…. (more…)

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