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“Foster's Lemon”

Carre d'Art/Musee d'Art Contemporain
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 455 helpful votes
“Foster's Lemon”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

Those who have seen some of the great works of Norman Foster, such as London's Gherkin and the Reichstag Dome in Berlin will be rather disappointed with this rather staid and classical modern building, more reminiscent of Mies van der Rohe. Its functionality is superb, but then it is after all only a local library, and an exhibition area for some pretty mediocre art.
Worth taking a quick peek inside as long as there is no charge. And the toilets are a great boon.

Visited March 2012
2 Thank davidgoldberg1
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Paris, France
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“Carré d'Art + Maison Carrée= Carré squared!”
Reviewed January 27, 2012

even if you didn't get my Franco-English play on words, the message is the same: on this central square in Nimes,France, 2 superb buildings -supposedly square, hence their names- face each other, although they are separated by 20 centuries!
The Carré d'Art, designed by Sir Norman Foster, opened in 1993, and hosts a local library and a thrilling modern Art museum. Because of the glass used for the whole building, both inside and outside, the Artwork displays are at their best and the views to the Maison Carrée opposite the square, and beyond, to the whole city and its charming hills, are stunning. If you don't particularly enjoy very avant garde Art, at least come here for these breathtaking views! (but beware! people with vertigo like myself need to take the lifts, as the translucent inner central staircase can become quite ...an avant garde experience too!)

Visited January 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Nimes Highlight”
Reviewed January 24, 2012

Brilliant art space - quality collection, as much an art piece as the collections itself. Just being inside was an experience.

Visited January 2012
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Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“My microscopic MOMA from Nîmes”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Enough time ater this Roman town? Welcome in microscopic french MOMA, few rooms to apreciate glass park in town center just in front of roman forvm with so nice Maison carrée, temple of Mercury...modernity and roman classical art...nice and audacious.

Visited October 2011
1 Thank ThierryD1
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