art, Chinese contemporary art, Chinese hot pot, contemporary art, Daniel Buren, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Fondue 59, France, Frank Gehry, hot pot, Kristoffer, L'Observatoire de la lumière, meals, Montorgueil, Paris, Ruben Sarfati, rue Montorgueil, Spontini50, Top Chef Ruben Sarfati, Uniqlo, Xu Zhen, Zhang Huan
After a good sleep Kristoffer and I had lunch on Saturday at Spontini50, which I have been wanting to try.
It turns out to be the restaurant of Top Chef Ruben Sarfati, who was kind enough to pose for a photo with his handsome waiter.
Oh wait, how was the food? Very good. Not cheap, but fairly priced for a gourmet meal.
I had reserved in advance for us to visit Fondation Louis Vuitton at 4:30 — quite necessary! Kristoffer had hoped to get a haircut first, but there wasn’t time so he had to settle for a shopping spree at Uniqlo at Opéra.
As we approached Fondation Louis Vuitton through the Jardin d’Acclimatation (admission to which is included with the FLV ticket) I was horrified to see that Frank Gehry’s elegant and graceful building had been papered-over with gaudy colored panels in the name of contemporary art. One Daniel Buren evidently thought that he could improve on Gehry’s work! Calling this misguided project by a fancy name — L’Observatoire de la lumière — didn’t help.
Fortunately a few elements of the building somehow escaped Buren’s malign attention:
All the galleries were given over to display of work by Chinese artists from the museum’s permanent collection. We both liked the sculptures better than the many video works. The test I propose for art videos is this:
- Would you pay to go see it in a theater?
- Would you keep watching if you stumbled upon it on TV?
If the answer to both questions is “no” then why waste your time watching it in a gallery?
Kristoffer had been craving Chinese hot pot, which doesn’t exist in Norway. Fortunately Fondue 59 is right around the corner from my apartment so we had a leisurely and delicious meal there on Saturday night.