Showing posts with label Museum of the Absurd. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Museum of the Absurd. Show all posts

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Back to the Absurd !

Tidying up my desk this afternoon I came across two small booklets that had been buried for quite some time, both of them purchased a few years ago at Bertrand Chenu's Museum of the Absurd, near Cahors, France. I've said it before in these pages, but I'll say it again, le Petit Musée de l'Insolite, The Museum of the Absurd, is an absolute must to visit if you are going to be travelling in France. Bertrand Chenu is overflowing with imagination and contagious enthusiasm. . . I did this portrait of Bertrand in July, 1999.
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This was the view in the back garden at the Museum, an ancient car hiding in the wings, waiting to be transformed into another fabulous work of art. . .
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Friday, February 27, 2009

Telepathic Tricycles . . .

Back in October in these blog pages, a piece under the title of "Found Art" shows a rather flat tricycle hanging on a door which I photographed in 1987 in Pennsylvania ; and which led to meeting someone who has been a friend ever since. In July, 1999 near Cahors, France, it was another tricycle hanging provocatively in view from the road as a sign of sorts that led me to stop and discover another artist. . . Bertrand Chenu, the keeper of the Museum of the Absurd, or in French, le Musée de l'insolite. An Ali Baba's cavern of the miraculous, the magnificent in the mundane, the immortal imagination of a true magician when it comes to taking objects from all walks of life and transforming them into unforgettable masterpieces of mythic proportions. Don't miss it ! And if you can't get there physically in the immediate future, at least take a look virtually on the Museum's website here. And thanks for that titanic tricycle Bertrand ! ! ! In my dreams I will be riding it through a starscape to the land where the wild things are. . .
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Museum of the Absurd !

Two earlier posts below focused on the Museum of the Absurd (Le Petit Musée de l'Insolite) near Cahors, France, and its curator, the inestimably creative Bertrand Chenu. (See "Tanned Car" and "Wisdom Tooth") This remarkable museum may be one of the best kept secrets in France, and is certainly worth making a detour to Cahors the next time you're on vacation in Europe. It is chock full of some of the most astonishing artistic creations I've ever had the good fortune to stumble on. Bertrand Chenu is a sculptor, a painter, a welder, a woodworker, a scavenger of junkyards, and a genius on the level of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, or Marcel Duchamp. Here is the sign that greets visitors :
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I did this portrait of Bertrand on a trip to Cahors in July, 1999 :
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This is just one example of the wonderful creations to be found in the Museum of the Absurd ; a motorbike equipped with a helicopter rotor blade to take to the air with, and on the wide front end a mobile distillery so as to have constant and fresh supply of liquid refreshment while travelling. . . what more could one want out of life ? ! ? So again, don't miss the Museum of the Absurd on your next trip to France !
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wisdom Tooth : Dent de Sagesse

As previously mentioned below in the "Tanned Car" posting, Bertrand Chenu, the curator of the Museum of the Absurd (Musée de l'Insolite) near Cahors, France, is a creative genius. No ifs, ands, or buts ; when it comes to sheer raw force of originality, if there was a Richter scale for artwork as there is for earthquakes, Bertrand Chenu would weigh in regularly at 9.4 to 9.8 . . . artistic quakes that would level whole cities, indeed whole galaxies of limited vision and sweep away vast seas of boredom. Visiting his Museum of the Absurd while in the region around Cahors is to offer oneself a marvelous afternoon climbing out of your old carapace like a cicada molting, and re-discovering that the human mind is capable of far, far more than what 99/100ths of normal life requires of it... This image is from a booklet I picked up on my last visit there, I sincerely hope it is not objectionable to post this image here, given that it is done with the express purpose of encouraging you to pack your bags, get on a plane, a train, or a donkey, and make your way to Cahors, France, and from there track down the Museum of the Absurd, le Musée de l'Insolite... and say Hi to Bertrand for me...
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