Carambolages : take the kids
Check out tickets for Carambolages at the Grand Palais until July 4th 2016. Just the kind of museum exhibition the children will enjoy too. Carambolages - I had to look it up - means a pile-up in the sense of a train crash or someone playing billiards and 'cannoning' one ball into another.
In this exhibition there are 185 pieces, all mixed up, the only thread is that each piece is connected to the next by an association of ideas or forms but at no time does the museum tell you how! It is not structured by artist, country, date or medium, nor are there any explanations typed by each piece giving you any clues.
There is a line of paintings, sculptures and videos and it is left to the viewer to figure out what the connections are and as there are no answers provided, everybody is right! If you need a hand take a look at the video screens in each room which give you the name of each work which may help a little. Some well-known artists are on show; Rembrandt, Man Ray, Giacometti interspersed with anonymous ones.
I don't know any young children who could go but if you do please leave a comment on whether you or they found the connections easier. The exhibition also has a workbook for children and a downloadable app (not sure if it is in English).
Open from 10.00 am to 8.00pm on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays et Sundays and late nights on Wednesdays from 10.00 am to 10:00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Pricing : Full : 13€ OR Tarif 'tribu' (4 people incl. 2 between 16 et 25 years old) : 35 € (When did they start this !!)
For more information in English : click here
The perfect eaterie in walking distance is the Brasserie le Grand Palais, just hang a left past the Palais de la Découverte, also a good choice of Museum for children, and it is across the road opposite the Aston Martin showroom. There is a smart part with sunny terrace and a large café part with wicker chairs. There are at least 2 menus and the lunch food is very reasonable: bagels, sandwiches and gi-normous hotdogs in half a baguette, cheaper in most cases than drinking there!
Hope you enjoy it.