Vaulted ceiling photo exhibition to reveal the unnoticed

Taipei, July 4 (CNA) A new National Taiwan Museum exhibition showcasing photos of vaulted ceilings of Parisian buildings has a simple ambition: to get people to see what they often overlook. The exhibition, which opened Tuesday and runs until Aug. 26, features 38 photos by French photographer Berangere Lomont, who began shooting photos of ceilings of dome-like structures in 2008. The photos reveal the ceilings of many landmark buildings in Paris, including department store Galeries Lafayette, educational institution Institut de France and museum Le Petit Palais. Lomont, whose work often revolves around architectural themes, said at the opening of the exhibition that she hopes to show, through her photos, "things that are often seen but not noticed," referring to the ceilings inside a building. The photographer said she was inspired to take pictures of vaulted ceilings after visiting the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower, known generally as the Duomo, in Florence and being drawn to its ceilings. The National Taiwan Museum is an ideal setting for the exhibition, Lomont said, because it is also a dome-like structure. The museum, located in downtown Taipei near the Taipei Railway Station, has a 6.4-meter round vaulted ceiling with a stained glass window. It was the largest ceiling of its kind in the country when the museum was built in 1915. Deputy Culture Minister George C.H. Hsu, who also attended the opening, expressed the hope that Taiwan and France could increase their cultural and art exchanges so that people in Taiwan would have more opportunities to appreciate art from France. (By Christie Chen)