Posts Tagged ‘art’

Musée de la vie romantique – exhibit Pierre-Joseph Redouté

May 21st, 2017

The Musée de la vie romantique in the 9th, a haven of calm and green for the city-weary traveler, is worth a visit this time of year for its lovely garden and little café.  And this spring the plus is a small exhibit of the work of Pierre-Joseph Redouté (The Power of Flowers), an 18th century painter and botanist.  A large part of his work was documenting plants being discovered as part of the colonial explorations of the period, a fascinating intersection of science, history and

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Musée Quai Branly – Night Photos

January 16th, 2017

I wanted to see the latest exhibit at Quai Branly, The Color Line (about African-American artists since the Civil War) before it closed yesterday (I know I shouldn’t have waited until the last minute but it got away from me!).  At 3:30 Saturday the wait to get in was 1 hour 20 minutes.  So I went and did other things and came back around 7:30 (possible since they’re open late – until 9 pm – on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  And there was no waiting at

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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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Monumenta, Grand Palais

May 13th, 2016

Monumenta, organized by the Grand Palais Paris every spring since 2007, gives one selected artist carte blanche for an installation in the Nef of the Grand Palais.  This year’s work by Huang Yong Ping, a Chinese artist living in France, and titled Empires is a comment on globalization, the industrial revolution and, of course, empires.  Comprised of 305 shipping containers, a giant snake and an enormous replica of Napoleon’s famous hat, it’s impressive and thought provoking.  And it’s always wonderful to visit the Nef, with

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Street Art in Paris

January 25th, 2016

Well, this time it’s more like stairway art!  I discovered this in the 14th arrondissement very near the Parc Montsouris.  Because this is painted on the risers of the steps the image changes depending on where you’re standing.  But the artist very thoughtfully marked the best viewing spot on the pavers in the street below. PS – there’s street art all over the city, a little bonus of wandering around!

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Monumenta 2014: The Strange City – Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

May 19th, 2014

For the 6th time since 2007 Paris has turned the Nef of the Grand Palais over to a world-renowned artist to create an installation.  This year’s selection, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, American artists of Russian origin, have created a utopian city which invites the public to reflect on the human condition as they wander from room to room of the structure they’ve built in the Nef.  As always, Monumenta also provides the opportunity to experience this wonderful glass-domed space built of the Universal Exhibition of 1900. If afterwards you find

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European Museum Night – May 17

May 16th, 2014

La Nuit européen des musées is coming tomorrow!  Many museums across Europe will be open late, many will be free and some will offer special programs.  Expect lines at the more popular venues but enjoy the relaxed ambiance.  A sampling for Paris – both the Louvre and the Orangerie will be open until midnight; the Musée Cognac-Jay will feature a DJ set from 2-9 pm; and at the Centre Pompidou there will be a performance on the plaza in front of the museum from 9

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Macaron Day extra

March 20th, 2014

With any purchase Pierre Hermé is offering a poster (of macarons, what else!) for 25 euros.  Candy for the mouth and the eyes!  But be prepared for lines!

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Whimsical sculpture

March 10th, 2014

‘Longterm Parking’ – a sculpture on display on the grounds of the Château de Montcel in Jouy-en-Josas.  It gives new meaning to the term!   Located southwest of Paris and not too far from Versailles, if you’re traveling by car and in the area, it’s worth a little detour!

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Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera at the Orangerie

December 16th, 2013

The Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, L’Art en Fusion exhibit runs until January 13, 2014 at the Musée de l’Orangerie in the Tuilerie Gardens.  It’s a must see in my book!  It’s a powerful show, an especially intimate look at Frida Kahlo and her art.  Seeing her work and that of Rivera side-by-side is fascinating.  It’s not an enormous show so, despite the crowds, one can take the time to savor it.  And while there, don’t miss a visit to Monet’s water lilies on the main

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