PARIS: Palais de Tokyo

I had heard some good things about Palais de Tokyo, so that's where Fisk and I headed next. Contemporary art, yes please.

Ulla Von Brandenburg, Death of a King 2012
This skate ramp was especially inviting, but as you can see, no one is allowed on it, and it appeared that no one had even skated on it.  These first images are from the triennial that was currently on display - a nice surprise.

Lili Reynaud, Some Objects Blackened and a Body too 2011

Annette Messager, Motion/Emotion 2012
This piece was not as interesting from afar, but once you step into the installation of floating and flying objects, it actually became quite enjoyable. There was a very playful feeling- probably do to the strange assortment of flying objects. This rat was my favorite. 

Yto Barrada, Palm Sign 2010

Desire Machine Collective, Residue 2011
I recognized the sound of this piece before I even walked into the room. I voluntarily allowed myself to be mesmerized by the vividness of this video for a bit.

Dan Perjovschi
Nearly all the windows on this bottom floor had drawings on them that related to various political themes, a lot of them were funny, most of them were interesting, and some were serious. Fisk enjoyed these a lot. 

Salon Mediation Les Trois Conversations

Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled (Soup/No Soup) (No T-Shirt) 2011
Tiravanija had shirts on sale with the above sayings. After this piece we went on to what seemed like their somewhat permanent collection. The whole of the triennial space seemed to be under some sort of construction, which had it's pros and cons. It make the work more approachable but also succeeded in making the venue seem less serious.

Carol Rama, La Mucca Pazza 2000

Seulgi Lee, BATON 2009

Ivan Kožarić

Chris Ofili, High Plain Drifter 2012

Chris Ofili, The Raising of Lazarus 2007

Jason Dodge, Anyone and Scale 2011

Eugenio Dittborn, The 2nd History of the Human Face, Airmail Painting #66 1989

Sarkis, 2012

Fisk and I enjoyed the Palais de Tokyo, but it was a little difficult to fully appreciate the work after visiting so many incredible and mind blowing works at other museums. On the whole, we noticed that if there is one thing contemporary art seems to lack, it's that rigor that is just so obvious in so many famous works of art. While we understood the significance of concept and intentionality, there was still a desire to see that big E for effort.

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