Yesterday, i headed down to the Conciergerie, having heard there was a contemporary art show on there. On the way i stopped to admire the Tour de L'Horloge, the oldest public time piece in the city.
The Conciergerie is the old palace and prison, and the theme of the show, drawn from the Pinault Collection, is imprisonment
The entry hall contained this piece by Michelangelo Pistoletto, of prison bars depicted on a large mirrored surface.
Bill Viola's Hall of Whispers was an impressive video piece.
Malgre la Difference by Raphaelle Ricol
Sun Yuan and Peng Yu's 'Old Person's Home' had these old men roaming the gallery in wheelchairs. I'd seen this piece before at the Saatchi in London where it was contained in a room away from the viewer. Here you had to walk through it as the wheelchairs slowly buzzed around the room.
The old men look disturbingly real, but are not.
Damien Hirst's large vitrine of drugs 'The Fragile Truth'. I spotted several familiar packages.
The Past is a Foreign Country by Friedrich Kunath
Jos De Gruyther and Harald Thys's bullet riddled 'White Elements'
And as a bonus to the contemporary art there was the evocative and eerily lit spaces of the prison itself.
There was also this tableau of the Conciergerie's most famous prisoner, Marie Antoinette. This is where she spent her last few days before her execution.