Fezzik In Paris

Two Americans, three cats, and too many places named "de Gaulle"

One might be inclined to believe that Monnaie de Paris, located in the building that still houses half of the French mint (the actual production facility was moved outside of Paris a few decades ago, thus leaving the design studio) would be home to a museum about manufacturing coins, complete with a description of the proofing process, a bit of information on how the base materials arrive, and a variety of coin presses.

One would be wrong.

Or rather, one would be right, but not until late 2017, so that instead of the anticipated permanent exhibit on the fabrication of coins for circulation as currency, one would instead wind up walking through an art exhibition entitled Brut(e), featuring large plates of steel, I-beams, rats, goldfish, rolled metal logs that are supposed to have religious connotations, a Typar carpet, and sunflower seeds.

Neither of us could explain why, but it was strangely engaging.

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