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Carambolages means “carom shots,” where the cue ball hits a ball that then hits another ball on a billiards table. It’s also the name of a unique art exhibition at the Grand Palais that Jared R and I saw on Tuesday.

The concept is to include art and artifacts from all periods and places, each linked to the next by some aspect of appearance or concept. We were at first puzzled but soon got into the spirit and by the end were adept at spotting the links between otherwise wildly disparate pieces.

Jared and Jackson Pollock were both initially stumped by Carambolages at the Grand Palais

Jared and Jackson Pollock were both initially stumped by Carambolages at the Grand Palais

What's going on inside these heads?

What’s going on inside their heads?

The eyes have it.

The eyes have it.

Beastly!

Beastly!

A puzzling but dramatic sequence

A puzzling but dramatic sequence

Chess game between the forces of Good and Evil!

Chess game between the forces of Good and Evil!

Ancient History?

Ancient History?

What churlish TSA officer would stop you from taking your crucifix on board? Ooops...

What churlish TSA officer would stop you from taking your crucifix on board? Ooops…

Things with wings

Things with wings

Time clipping the wings of Love. So true, and so sad!

Time clipping the wings of Love. So sad, and so true!

For adults only, here’s a video clip from an amazing multi-screen video show that morphs images of women following the principles of the exhibition: https://youtu.be/0_B_YcSQRh8

It’s on until early July. Recommended!