Friday, March 13, 2009

Institut du monde Arabe


Here is a building that I only showed once (and a long time ago!) on PDP and though it's really worth visiting if you're around. It's called l'Institut du Monde Arabe (the Arab World Institute) and not only is the building in itself a real masterpiece, but on top of that they often have interesting exhibitions. At the moment, and until the end of March, they have one about Napoleon and Egypt. I took this photo near the entrance, I love the perspective effect. [Note to the people in Sydney who want to join a little PDP gathering while I'm there.]

37 comments:

  1. I've visited this place and loved it! The building is gorgeous and so is the art.

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  2. (and I took a zillion pictures when I was there too. I really liked the walls seen from inside.
    Hope you get to meet plenty of Australian PDPers!

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  3. I like the perspective, too. There's tons of it to focus on here. Well done!

    And no pun intended, but Napoleon rules.

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  4. Alexa may have had an image like this in mind (but I could be wrong).

    I, too, like the perspective and the way the vanishing point is in the black square just to the right of the sculpture. Nice photo! I can see it somewhere in their annual report, if not the cover.

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  5. Yes, this is a great place indeed. Do they still have this panoramic restaurant (le Zyriab by Noura) and a open door roof bar terrace with great mint tea ?!! Cheers, Loic
    http://brohardphotography.blogspot.com

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  6. It looks like a beautiful place, and reminds us that modern architects can create masterpieces. Is this place near the Jardin des Plantes?

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  7. This perspective has a calming effect on me. Would love to see this building - and also the Napoleon in Egypt exhibit. I have a thing for Napoleon I'm afraid.

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  8. I love this place. Jean Nouvel (well, and Pierre Soria et Architecture Studio) was the architect. The facade is quite impressive, and the building is great: restaurant, bookshop and exhibitions...

    I found something really interesting on the net, in French, I'll translate it tomorrow if I've the time:

    "La façade nord est tournée vers le Paris historique, elle symbolise la relation à la ville ancienne, présente de façon allusive sur la façade.

    La façade sud reprend les thèmes historiques de la géométrie arabe dans la conception des 240 moucharabiehs qui la composent. Ces diaphragmes s'ouvrent et se ferment à chaque changement d'heure."

    BTW Eric, what did you think about this exhibition?! How long did you stay there?
    LOOOOL (I know it's a private joke...sorry...)

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  9. TG -- yup, that's pretty close.

    petrea -- yes, not too far from the Jardin des Plantes and also near this place.

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  10. I love this place. I visited the last time I was in Paris. Those mechanical screens on the one side of the building are awesome.

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  11. Beautiful shot, not my favorite kind of building but an interesting one.

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  12. with your mad photography skills, you could get wonderful shots of the stunning light-filtering screens and their fabulous geometry -- I loved this building!

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  13. I love this place.

    BTW, I just moved to China and your blog was blocked for two weeks for me. I guess the censors are napping now. Glad to see you again.

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  14. There was mention of the mechanical windows. They really work just like a kaleidoscope! Each window can be adjusted to allow whatever amount of sunshine the office wants, but the effect outside is to give each window an individual artistic design.

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  15. This building will always remind me of two interesting interactions I had while visiting it.

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  16. I like all the geometrics in this photo. When I visited this place (waaay tooo long ago!), I also appreciated the great view of the Seine and Paris from its terrace.

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  17. Great shot!! We were just there for a visit on Sunday - love the place!

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  18. Those windows are exquisite! And from Eric's perspective, I could almost be in one of those movies where the walls start closing together ...

    Eric, you've chosen a gorgeous spot if you're waking up overlooking Bondi Beach. In Queensland, we have gorgeous beaches too. I can show you. Hint, hint.

    Am I the only one who's now intrigued to know more about Cali's mysterious interactions???

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  19. I'm exactly the kind of audience you've described in your introduction. Love Paris, but haven't been there. I want to go there, in fact live there for some time.. I am starting to follow your blog, it will be very helpful for my Paris aims :)

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  20. I'd like to see this. I love the clean lines. Composition is wonderful Eric.

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  21. Alas, one place I have not yet visited. So many, so many. Well, I prefer to consider that my Paris visits are half full, not half empty.

    Great photo. I remember a story about a guy who received a camera as a gift but he really didn't like photography very much...

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  22. It´s on my list to see the work of art that is this building.
    It looks so good on photos, it must be quite impressive in living color!

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  23. Guille thanks for the little text. I also read that the Cafe de l'Institute du Monde Arabe is fantastic, located on the last floor where one can see the sunset. Is it worth having a cup of mint tea there? Or is the cafeteria better? They say we can see the windows opening from inside..

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  24. Monica, for the cup of mint tea, I'll bring you to La Grande Mosquée de Paris, of course!
    But you're right, the Café is a great place, and the view is amazing...

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  25. Oh yeah Guille that's right! My Paris guide recommends the cafe at the Grand Mosquée de Paris!!!!
    I suppose one is near the other...
    So many things to see, just you wait, I'm still going to ask you for tips about the coolest places in Paris. I mean, wherever you go, it's gotta be a cool point!

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  26. This is a great perspective! I love the angles and squares, but it doesn't seem very Arab-esque to me. I always think of curlicues and curves and beautiful sinuous lines. But maybe I'm putting my own ideas and thoughts into it instead of just taking things as they are. Either way, great photo, Eric!

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  27. I have yet to get to the top of Monde Arabe for a drink (it has been suggested to me several times on visits to Paris). I understand it is a great view from there? Well, yet another reason to return to the beautiful City of Light!

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