Well, what to say about this morning? I slept very well and in comparison to the typical Chambley-action-days, very long. We decided not to go to the launch field because of the rainshowers. The flight was cancelled. What I forgot to mention yesterday is that the great line up, the world record attempt, didn’t take place yet. It was rescheduled once again for this evening, July 28, however, the rain radar still shows way too many red thunder spots above the Lorraine area. The weather for the upcoming week looks better though.
Then the brainstorm session started about what to do on a rainy Sunday, when shops are closed and when it’s not too smart to hike around in thunderstorm sensitive areas. Centre Pompidou Metz became the answer! Together with my dad I visited this futuristic museum located right next to Metz’s central train station. The entre fee is 12 euro’s but it’s free for people under the age of 26. Every once in a while the expositions change. We started off with ‘views from above’ about, surprise, pictures taken from aeroplanes, zeppelins and gasballoons. That’s a nice theme for this time of the year, having so extremely many international ballooning freaks around. It was great to see some footage from around 1900, taken out of a balloon. Furthermore there were air pictures once used for military purposes as well as sketches and paintings inspired through landscape lines as seen from above.
One of the other main exhibitions was dedicated to the American born artist Sol LeWitt and his artist colleagues. I read somewhere that his collection now displayed at Centre Pompidou is the biggest one ever in Europe. One of the floors was filled with massive walls and black/white/grey abstract but often symetric art works. Nice place to play around with your camera and shoot a mix of interesting patterns. The other floor dedicated to his work consisted of a variety of paintings, fabric motives and picture series.
We left the ground floor to be visted last. There were some screens depicting interviews, drawings and tv fragments partly about and collected by Allen Ginsberg. A bit dreamy, but inspiring. Nevertheless, since the other two exhibitions kind of soaked up my energy already I couldn’t completely push myself anymore to fully concentrate on all screens displayed.
We enjoyed a stroll through silent Metz in search for some food. Streets were discovered we had never seen before so later on this week when it won’t be raining that much we’ll definetely go back for some nice building spotting.