sample the nightlife and...
sample the nightlife and explore the many ski resorts within driving distance. of course i miss the nearby mountains. I will also miss the people of Grenoble, there is a large international student population and so i have made many friends from all over the world.
Musée de Grenoble : Monsieur Loyal
This 8 meters high stabile was created in 1967 for the Olympic games by Calder and was installed in a college, Lycée Argouges where it was soon coveed with graffitis and forgotten among weeds. It was later transferred to the esplanade of the museum. Monsieur Loyal is a main figure in a circus, acting as a clown and this stabile reminds the famous Calder circus that he presented in the world for 40 years.
Alexander Calder (Pennsylvania, 1898-New-York, 1976), whose illustrious career spanned much of the 20th century, is the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time. Born in a family of celebrated, though more classically trained artists, Calder utilized his innovative genius to profoundly change the course of modern art. He began by developing a new method of sculpting: by bending and twisting wire, he essentially "drew" three-dimensional figures in space. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony. Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheet steel, called stabiles. Today, these stately titans grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.
More on Calder on the website dedicated to his achievments from which I borrowed some of the informations presented here.
Claude Vasconi was the architect of the "Opéra Berlioz" in Montpellier and of the CNET in Grenoble (see tip on Meylan page). Two Grenoble designers work on the site : Bruno Tomasini for the urban furniture and Cochise Agency (Catherine Abrard) for a very elaborated identifying.
Museum of Grenoble
The museum was founded in 1796 from the revolutionary seizures and the consignments of the state. Two curators played a role of first plan: Louis - Joseph Jay (1755-1836), that worked to the museum of 1796 to 1815 and that put it in place; Andry-Farcy, curator of 1919 to 1949, who constituted the collection of modern art of the museum.
Constructs by Jean - Augustus Questel, the first building hit by the harmony of his/her/its volumes and the clarity of his/her/its plan. Before the increase of the collections, he/it yet became too tiny. The construction of a new infrastructure was unavoidable. Renovated by Olivier and Antoine Felix - Faure, Philippe Macary (architects) and Lorenzo Piqueras (loaded of the muséographie), the museum was inaugurated in January 1994.
Historic continuity of the XIVe century on our days with the following strong points: paintings of history of the XVIIes and XVIIIes French centuries, set of four Zurbarans, Matisse and the fawn, abstraction and geometry, contemporary art since 1945.
Themes of the collections
Foreign antiques: Greek and Roman, Egyptians
Modern and contemporary art
Religious art (Numerous pictures of altars for the old art (to see Fine arts),)
Decorative arts: Ceramic, Furniture
Fine arts: Drawing, Engraving and Poster, Painting, Sculpture,
Other collections: Millings
Grottes de Choranches
I went for half a day in the Vercore. The mountain is nice and in there, there is a nice cave called Les Grottes de Choranches. The visit is nice, in group. Even the kids are alert and interested. The guide was good :)