Royal Brick (Vincent Mauger — Versailles Contemporary Art)


I am back. I am back at the Royal Stables, the Smaller Stables… where, as you know, I come from time to time to check on the Versailles School of Architecture students. This time it is more fun than ever. They are working with brick, the red brick. In the XVII century only the king was allowed to build out of the red brick, not because the red brick was better or prettier — it was much cheaper! Nicolas Fouquet had the audacity to build Chateau de Vaux le Vicompte out of red brick, and you know what happened to him! Of course, they no longer use that XVII century brick. Today it is a very different, contemporary red brick, the one you see in the picture. The Versailles School of architecture students, together with the artist in residence, Vincent Mauger, stacked up two layers of this contemporary red brick in their small gallery and carved themselves a canyon in there. The texture of this eroded space is that of a loaf of bread after someone has nibble a hole in it. Guess what? After the School of Architecture I went straight to the closest bakery.


About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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