Culture Vulture/Photo diary: Institut de Monde Arabe

October 14, 2015

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Le Institut du Monde Arabe is another extraordinary museum in Paris, starting with the gorgeous building by super-hot architect Jean Nouvel.

9-20 institute du monde arabe9-20 roussel exterior detail
The collection is small-ish but beautifully and eccentrically displayed.

9-20 the transmission of learning9-20 free-floating books9-20 geometry textbook
Contemporary stuff (“Zikr” by Etel Adnan, below) mixed in with antiquity.

9-20 etel adnan zikr
Commissioned work by Rodolphe Hammadi, including “Capitaine Achab”:

9-20 captain ahab detail9-20 captain ahab sculpture
And the building is curious and quirky and geometric.

9-20 stairwell9-20 IMA inside windows9-20 benefactors
The elevators have Egyptian figures stencilled on them.

9-20 egyptian elevator9-20 elevator reflection

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