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The Picturing Museums project started in 2014. The book Picturing Museums is part of this. A museum per chapter is described and the blogs are summaries of that.
2019 is in reverse chronological order, the rest is chronological. On a narrow screen the years are listed on top and at the bottom the visited museums each year are depicted. In 2019/2020 the blogs are being translated from Dutch to English.

Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain

Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain

Still December 26th, 2019, on the same canal as MIAM, CRAC is located. It stands for Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain.

   This is the second time I try to visit this museum. The first time, back in 2016, it was closed. So remember: it is closed on Tuesdays. Now again the door still is closed, it doesn't open until 12.30 PM. In weekends even until 2 PM.
To kill time I walk into a gallery on the same quay: Galerie Dock Sud.

Inside I see works from the Chinese artist: Shen Jingdong (1965). Amongst others a painting of a big round black bomb in a red back ground. The gallery owner turns on the light in suitcases like lightboxes, depicting half transparant watercolored  faces by Christian Cerisola (1959).

Half past twelve, I go to the museum.

In the museum I get confronted with a grand piano which hangs high from the ceiling. It seems there has been a performance here. The objects on the floor were collected by art school students. During a sound performance, led by Alvin Curran (1938) at the opening, a digital music composition by him was played from above and the students played their ‘instruments.’
Now there is silence and if I hadn’t seen the Rebecca Horn grand piano hanging from the ceiling at Centre Pompidou Metz earlier this year this had done more than just raise my eyebrows a bit.

In another room with Super 8mm digitized film and display cases with documents, compositions by Alvin Curran in the film by Eric Baudelaire (1973) you can see and hear him making noise by moving, or blowing on, different objects he uses as instruments.

‘Après’ it is called in three rooms where in the middle one Baudelaire film is projected. The exhibition in the two adjacent rooms shows works of other artists from the past and present, according to the curators, respond to the film. Après was inaugurated at the Centre Pompidou Paris in 2017. There are a number of monitors with short films and at the wall some graphic drawings. Partially Buried is a 20 minute video from 1996 by the American Renée Green (1959). On the screen (in the middle) is a blue underwater world with jellyfish and plankton.

Most works are in the first of the three rooms: Stylish Le Corbusier drawings...

...Kurt Schwitters photo collages, Jean Arp paper and plaster...

... a photo and a model for a pillar by Brancusi and a Robert Filliou announcement at Neue Galerie in Aachen Germany.

Upstairs it looks empty. There is a corridor, with rows of framed and officially looking letters directed to Baudelaire on the two opposite sides. Baudelaire wrote to English MP's: If Britain leaves the European Union, where are you going? The 51 answering letters are denying or rhetoric, depending on the politic point of view of the member. Yet it is a nice collection with a certain historic value.

While I go back downstairs I realize that the total duration of all the films showed here is about six hours. It means you can’t see everything due to the opening hours. And with the given fact that most visitors don't spend here more than two hours this means the exhibition only is partially be seen per visitor.