NEWS Page updated April 18th 2019







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The spire at Notre-Dame is a later addition

I think most people saw the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in a bit of a shock. I have never been to Paris myself, and thus have not even observed the church either inside or outside. It is, of course, very sad when precious and historic cultural objects are lost; but fortunately, many objects in the inventory seem to be saved. There is at least something according to bulletins from Paris that may indicate is the case. Most certainly attracted a sigh of horror as the church's spire became the prey of the flames and subsequently crashed to the ground. However, the spire has not always been part of the building work, which can be seen in the deletion, which is reproduced below. It was made by the graphic artist Charles Meryon in the middle of the 19th century. But should the spire still be a theme when Nortre-Dame needs to be rebuilt? I think so. The church was also built in 1163 and was only completed almost 200 years later - in 1345.

Charles Meryon: 'L'Abside de Notre-Dame de Paris', 1854, etching and dry point (photo:


New exhibition on the Glass Museum in Ebeltoft

In my time as an art reviewer, I have often visited the Glass Museum in Ebeltoft, where have often been exhibited some very interesting artists within the theme that have given identity to the museum. Not only is the museum so beautifully situated as - almost - neighbor to the Frigate Jutland, but there is also often something to come by purely artistic. At the time of writing, I am working on a review of the exhibition 'On Solid Water' with works by the American glass artist John Moran, and he challenges anyone with the classic material. Here you can experience the exhibition spaces as an artificial Catholic church room where various scenarios unfold. Here, the dead Osama bin Laden appears in a shopping cart with a direct reference to Davis's painting depicting Marat's death. The religious undertones are also found in a work that appears as an allegory of the Virgin Mary with the dead Jesus in her lap. In Moran's version, however, with McDonald's Talisman Ronald with a Christ as an anonymous and overweight figure who apparently has eaten to death. There is much to look at in the Glass Museum and the exhibition can be seen in the summer all the way until September 29th.

'On Solid Water' - exhibition view