Saturday, July 11, 2009

Celebrating Bastille Day - (Some) Parisian Style

According to New York Times, the departing Paris Opera general director Gerard Mortier's last commission would be a theatrical work by the German painter Anselm Kiefer (conception, mise en scène, décors et costumes, according to Opéra Bastille official website). The new work Am Anfang (In the Beginning) was composed by Jörg Widmann. It has bibilical feature and the famed Trümmerfrauen (Rubble Women), who salvaged bricks in bombed-out postwar Germany under orders from the victorious Allies.

Anselm Kiefer, without unqualification, is my most favorite living artist. I saw his astonishing retrospective at San Francisco Modern Art Museum and would love to see any of his work, no matter what media he employs.

To make things more enticing, the matinee performance on the Bastille Day will be free.

How I wish I could be there, but I have a book group meeting that day, so Paris has to wait.

Hopefully, you'll make it?

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