Pinault Collection at the Conciergerie

Call it the drama of imprisonment as seen by artists.

Imprisonment by wheelchair, by pharmaceuticals, by fear, by racism, by cages & aquariums, by strong emotions, by politics...

And yet the exhibition never feels dour, despite being staged in the prison which used to hold those destined for the guillotine, including, most famously, Marie Antoinette. 

There's a playfulness as you're chased by a figure of an aged veteran in a motorized wheelchair, or as you're peering through the door of a hotel room to glimpse a man experiencing a terrifying moment of recognition of his own mortality.

Using sculpture, video, paintings and more, this part of François Pinault's collection is on exhibition for the first time and runs until January 6, 2014.

If you're with kids, don't worry, most of it will be over their heads. And plan a visit to the prison itself, upstairs.

Conciergerie
2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France

http://conciergerie.monuments-nationaux.fr/