Posts Tagged ‘archtecture’

Fondation Louis Vuitton

November 26th, 2016

The building that houses the Foundation Louis Vuitton was designed by Frank Gehry. It’s referred to as the Bateau Verre (Glass Boat) – which it does resemble from many angles – and houses temporary exhibitions (the current one – Icons of Modern Art, The Shchukin Collection, until February 20, 2017 – is fabulous!).  The building itself, a work of art with its soaring glass shell and many terraces, is worth the visit for that alone.  And the French sculptor Daniel Buren’s installation of colored panels (which

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Vintage Auto Rally Across France

April 7th, 2014

The Tour Auto Optic, a car rally across France with vintage cars (1951-1973), starts from Paris on April 8.  But you have the chance to see the cars on April 7 (one day only) from 10 a.m. – 5 pm in the Nef of the Grand Palais.  And the bonus is that you get to see the architecturally interesting Nef which is only open when it hosts a show or exhibition.  Admission – 1- euros.

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Manufacture Prelle – Elegance & Fabrics of the Gatsby Era

December 12th, 2013

Manufacture Prelle, which has created and produced fabric for walls and furniture since 1752 (that’s right, 1752) has a fascinating exhibit in their Paris showroom of art deco designed fabric.  It’s a wonderful tie-in to the exhibit ‘1925 When Art Deco Seduced the World’ now on at the Cité d’Architecture.  That exhibit focused primarily on architecture, posters and objects so the Prelle exhibit is a nice extension.  In addition to fabric it includes several period dresses, hats and fans borrowed from private collections along with

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The Grand Palais

March 6th, 2012

  The nef (or nave) of the Grand Palais is worth a visit regardless of whether the exhibit of the moment tempts you (and it’s only open when there’s an exhibit).  It was built for the Universal Exposition of 1900 but, unlike the Eiffel Tower, it was planned to be permanent.  It was sorely in need of repairs and was closed for many years but reopened for special exhibits in 2005.  Wonderful architectural details in the best Art Nouveau and Art Deco tradition.

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