Pinacothèque de Paris
The Pinacothèque de Paris has opened a new extension in a building at the corner of the rue Vignon and the rue de Sèze. This new space will hold the museum’s permanent collection and will offer the public an opportunity to view works by artists from all periods, like Tintoretto, Picasso, Rembrandt, Boucher and others. The museum’s opening will kick off with a special theme titled “The Birth of a Museum” and will feature two exhibitions: the Romanov collection and the collection of the Esterházy princes, both of which will run through May 29, 2011.
Musée du Montparnasse
The Musée du Montparnasse, in the 15th Arrondissement, is playing host to the works of surrealist André Masson through April 3, 2011. “A Nomad in Paris” will take you on a trip to discover the painter’s vision of the city. This intimate exhibition will feature more than 60 works, including oils, drawings, collages, documents and photographs that illustrate his love affair with the city he called home.
A major exhibition on French Vietman War photographer Henri Huet’s work is being held at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. The show, which runs through April 10, 2011, marks the 40th anniversary of Huet’s death. The collection of more than 70 photographs tells the story of the horrors of war but also the compassion, humanity, bravery and courage shared by soldiers. Accompanying the photos will be Huet’s photographic equipment, letters and personal items, which include a gold medallion—the only trace of him found in the Laos helicopter crash that ultimately claimed his life.
Salon International de l’Agriculture
This month, foodies in Paris are in for a tasty treat! One of the largest and finest food trade shows, the Salon International de l’Agriculture, is coming to the Porte de Versailles. The event, which runs from February 19 to 27, will feature more than a thousand exhibitors from 22 countries, many of which will be offering samples of foie gras, wine, cheese, sausage, oysters and more. Also on display will be more than 3,500 farm animals, including cows, pigs and chickens; a pony village; and an aquarium, making the show both fun and educational for kids.
Valentine’s Treat at the Chocolate Museum
Traveling to Paris with your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? We can’t think of a sweeter way to celebrate than with a visit to the Chocolate Museum. And from now through February 20, couples who share a kiss at the reception desk will get one free admission! That’s a savings of 9 euros, so smooch away.
A classy and chic club popped up in Paris at the end of last year. The hip new bar called Le Pompon took up residence in a renovated synagogue in the trendy 10th Arrondissement. The multilevel space is a combination bar-and-music venue, offering a nice mix of DJs spinning tunes and live performances, with plenty of room for dancing. And in true French fashion, you’ll also find a secret smoking room.
Celebrate Mardi Gras in Nice
The French Riviera is a popular destination for sun, sand and surf, but did you know that you can also find one of the largest carnivals in the world there? That’s right: from February 18 through March 8, the city of Nice is hosting its own version of Mardi Gras! This year’s theme is “King of the Mediterranean,” and the carnival will feature 20 days of events including a parade with giant papier-mâché figures, elaborate costumes and over-the-top floats, as well as street art, an ecological “fun” garden for kids, fireworks displays and more. Check the event’s website for more details and a schedule of events.