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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Dubuffet Foundation, Paris

Paris is a great place to see the work of artist and sculpture Jean Dubuffet. I must admit I wasn't familiar with him until I met D. and his father who had been fans for years. I'm not really sure using the word "fan" has enough artistic gravitas but lets go with it anyway! On a previous visit we'd seen the gallery of Dubuffet's work at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs and on this trip we revisited a room featuring his work at the Pompidou.
I particularly liked the juxtaposition of  his graphic style with this fish sculpture by another artist at the Pompidou (see below). There's something complimentary about the disruptive textures in both pieces.
Once you know his work, these pieces with their heavy outline and chaotic energy are immediately recognizable as Dubuffet. There were also lots of kids jumping around in one of his installations -a sort of contemporary art cave on the fourth floor of the Pompidou.
After visiting the Pompidou we were inspired to see where else we could go to see his work and we discovered the Foundation Dubuffet at 137 Rue de Sevres in the sixth arrondissement. What a fascinating place, set at the back of an interior courtyard it is marked by a small brass plaque on the outside door, you have to ring the bell and they let you in. The opening photo above is the courtyard outside the Foundation and the one below comes from one of the scrolls on display. 
Set up to allow public access to Dubuffet's personal collection, the Foundation puts on a number of different exhibits each year rather than hosting a single permanent exhibition. The show we saw focused on Dubuffet's graphic style and writing (including scrolls, books and pamphlets) though I found the English translations rather too dense to follow. Enough of this, I think I'll let the images speak for themselves.



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