20 November 2005

A riot for art in Paris suburbs ...

It was a different kind of riot that i witnessed yesterday in the surburban town of Vitry-sur-Seine, south of Paris, for the opening of the new MAC/VAL, the first museum of modern art to set foot in the outskirts of the capital: a one hour long queue outside in the freezing cold of winter.

There are many interesting works inside, and a magnificent opening exhibition on french painter Jacques Monory with a greal deal of work done on the display of paintings. This may become a major stop-over for art lovers in Paris.

I have doubts that we'll be able to resolve our difficulties by putting museums in the suburbs, but yesterday definitively had a very good feel of tolerance and mixity...

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