To the Musée des Arts Contemporains (‘MAC’s) at Le Grand Hornu this afternoon, for the last day of an exhibition curated by the Museum’s Director, Laurent Busine. The exhibition was entitled ‘Le grand Atelier, Ou le Traité de l’admirable diversité de la vie et du monde,‘ and Busine had brought a very personal, almost autobiographical and at times elegiac, touch to the eclectic but thematic selection of works and objects. This was not only an exhibition for the young but it was one that they could surely relate to, with its stuffed birds’ eggs and nests alongside Magritte sketches, Fautrier portraits and August Sander photographs. The exhibition opened with two wonderful videos (on loan from the Liverpool Tate) by Rineke Dijkstra, ‘See a woman crying’ and ‘Ruth drawing Picasso’. They were worth the trip in themselves. Everybody has their own favourites, of course, but among the assembled objects I would single out the skeleton of a real giant (picture). Julius Koch, alias Le géant Constantin, was born in Reutlingen in 1872 and died in Mons in 1902. He measured 256 cm. There was, I found, something deeply moving about gazing down on the massive bones of a true giant. The exhbition is alas now over but I would recommend anybody who doesn’t know Le Grand Hornu to go and visit this extraordinary former industrial site and ideal workers’ city.