Posts Tagged ‘exhibits’

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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The liberation of Paris -August 1944

August 21st, 2014

If you’re a history buff and in Paris on August 24th you’re in luck – the city of Paris will observe the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris all day long.  During the day wreaths will be laid at various points around the city to honor many of those who fell during this campaign.  There will also be a special commemorative mass at Notre Dame at 11:30 am.  Events will culminate with a ceremony in front of the Hôtel de Ville at 9pm with

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The Swedish Ballet & the Avant Garde

June 13th, 2014

A new exhibit just opened at the Opera Garnier featuring the Swedish Ballet which, from 1920 – 1925, rivaled Diagalev’s Ballets Russes as leaders of the avant garde in the world of ballet.  Open daily 10-5 (10-6 from July 10-August 30) except for occasional (of course unspecified) closures until September 28, 2014. In the library/museum of the Opera Garnier, metro: Opera (lines 3 7, 8).  Admission included with admission to the Opera building itself (for self-guided or guided visits).  Admission: 10 euros (6 for those

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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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The Orient Express Exhibit

April 28th, 2014

Once Upon a Time the Orient Express (Il était une fois l’Orient Express), that fabled train linking Europe to Istanbul (then Constantinople), is the subject of a current exhibit at the Institut du Monde Arabe (Institute of the Arab World).  Four original refurbished cars are in the courtyard of the museum, with interiors perfectly staged to evoke the era and the personalities that made this train so famous, from Mata Hari to Graham Greene to Agatha Christie.  There are also several related exhibits inside the

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Postcard Expo Paris

January 9th, 2014

If you’re into collectable post cards the 62nd Cartexpo will be held in Paris tomorrow and Saturday!  And, in addition to post cards, there will be a section dedicated to stamps.  Click here for their web site (English version).  Espace Champerret is a bit out of the center of Paris (still within the city ‘walls’) but easily accessible by metro. January 10/11, 2014, Friday 10 – 7, Saturday 10 – 5.  Espace Champerret, 6 rue Jean Ostreicher , 75017 Paris.  Entry – 4 euros (valid for both

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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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Photos lovers! Paris = Great Photo Exhibits

December 9th, 2013

If you love photography Paris is just riddled with terrific exhibits this month!  From Brassaï to Yousuf Karsh and lots more in between it would take you a week to see them all.  So if you’re planning a trip to Paris this December consider checking out some of these.  Most of the following exhibits close in late January but some are up until or into March 2014 (closing dates noted including one in late December, another in early January).  And they’re scattered around the city

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Pasolini Roma at the Cinémathèque Francaise

December 5th, 2013

Italian film is in the spotlight this fall at the Cinémathèque française, including the life and work of Pier Paolo Pasolini.  Focusing on his 25 years in Rome (hence the title of the exhibit) the exhibit covers the 25 years when he lived and worked in his city of adoption, telling the story of this period through film clips, letters, extracts of poems and other written works, still photos, paintings, maps and other artifacts.  Fascinating view into the life of this passionate, creative figure of

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Georges Braque Exhibit at the Grand Palais

December 2nd, 2013

The Georges Braque exhibit at the Grand Palais, running until January 6th, is the first full retrospective of his work in Paris since the mid-70s.  Many of us know his work from only one period – if this is true for you then this expo will be a revelation! This show is very popular and entry times for advance purchase tickets on some days are already quite limited.  To avoid a really long wait in line in the cold it’s important to reserve ahead and the

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