Monday, 31 January 2011

Mondrian and Georges

The other morning my husband and I went for breakfast at Le Georges restaurant, yep that's the one, the fancy one on the top floor of the Beaubourg. He had won breakfast for two plus a private guided tour of the De Stijl exhibition at the Pompidou Centre (Eurostar frequent traveller competition). Let's just say, we don't get out much, certainly not to places like Georges, so this was quite a treat. It started off very well!
After filling up on viennoiseries and coffee we were guided round the exhibition, much of which revolves around Piet Mondrian, the Dutch artist born in 1872. Mondrian spent quite a number of years in Paris and the French have adopted him as one of theirs. Here in France Mondrian seems to be a mandatory part of l'Éducation Nationale curriculum for three to six year olds. Later when the exhibition was open to the public the place was swarming with very young school kids. Here are two Mondrian oeuvres produced by my kids in the École Maternelle, at the ages of three (left) and five (right). 
At the end of the guided tour the first photo I took was this. I was apparently influenced by all the squares!
I then took pictures of Le Georges restaurant, a frankly spectacular space designed by architects Dominique Jacob and Brendan McFarlane. What a venue, amazing interior and amazing views. Amazing prices as well, but that was of no concern for us!
The chefs are stylish too.
I was rather partial to the red 'room'.
And then of course there's the view.
For more of my photos of Le Georges Restaurant, please click here (thumbnails) and here (slideshow)

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