The first time we walked into the magnificent grounds of the Musée des Arts et des Hautes Études, on a recent sunny afternoon, we were greeted by a young couple.
Their name was Mireille and her husband, Pierre, who is also a museum director.
Pierre and Mireile were members of the museum’s board of directors and were excited to be taking part in this important exhibit.
After all, it was their first time visiting the museum.
But the two were not alone.
There were several other people in the museum and around it, some of them elderly.
They were just as excited to visit the exhibit as we were.
As the museum director, I had been told by the head curator that a new attraction, “The Mane,” was opening at the museum on March 5.
As we walked up to the pavilion, we noticed the crowd was growing and that many of the people we had met earlier had stopped by.
They wanted to take a look.
We were glad to see that the museum was going to host a show.
We had no idea what it was.
But that night, the staff gave us an introduction to the exhibit and offered us a tour.
I was shocked to learn that, if you wanted to see “The Mann,” you had to bring in your own tickets.
But we had already booked a room at the nearby Sheraton hotel.
The two of us had a nice view of the entire exhibit.
The main theme of “The Mene,” a new exhibition, was “Mane.”
The Mene is a woman who had an affinity for animals and plants and lived in a cave in Central France during the 16th century.
This is the theme of the exhibit.
There is also an exhibition about “the Mane” as a symbol of womanhood.
The woman in the center is Mireil and she has long, flowing hair.
The man is Pierre and his wife, Lise.
The exhibit, “Coulombisme” (Coulombs, manes), is an exhibition of works by the artist Claude Coulomb, whose work is a kind of anthropomorphism of the human form.
This artist wanted to show that humans were both beautiful and complex, with many sides to their personalities.
His drawings are filled with human features and facial expressions.
Pierre, Mireill, and Lise, along with some of the other visitors, walked into a cave where they were treated to a series of scenes from his paintings.
In one scene, Pierre’s wife, Mabel, walks around with her arms folded over her chest.
The cave is dark and the paintings are mostly still.
As Mabel walks, Pierre makes a noise with his hands and looks around to see if anyone is looking.
Pierre then turns to Lise and says, “I know you are looking for me.”
Lise replies, “You are looking at my face.”
Then Pierre looks back at her and says to her, “Come on, I want to have a word with you.”
She looks back and sees her husband smiling at her, laughing.
In another scene, Marge, the wife of Pierre, stands in front of a painting of a man with a small, curly beard.
In the foreground, Monde, a woman with long, blonde hair, is holding a handkerchief and looking at a book.
She is looking at the book and she smiles as she looks at the picture.
Monde turns her head toward Pierre and says in a low voice, “My husband is a man.
He is a very important man.”
Pierre then says, in a different tone, “He is a bad man.”
In another painting, Mabe is holding two dogs in her arms.
Mabe’s husband is standing in front, and Pierre is standing behind Mabe.
In Pierre’s painting, he is holding the dogs and Mabe holds a hand to her face.
Pierre says, as he looks at Mabe, “No, no, no!
I am the good man!”
Monde smiles and says “He’s not a man!”
She turns her face toward Pierre again and says,” You are right, he’s not.
But you are my husband.”
Pierre smiles at Monde and says again, “Don’t you know who I am?”
Monde replies, with a laugh, “Yes, I know you.”
Pierre continues, “And I want you to know that you are not a bad person.
You are beautiful.
You love animals.
You make art with your hands.”
In the next scene, a man stands on a horse and is playing the trumpet.
He then says to Mabe in French, “Good afternoon, Mabe!”
Mabe smiles and turns toward Pierre, saying, “What a nice day.”
Pierre says to him, “We will play the trumpet at the end of the day.” He turns