Posts Tagged ‘exhibitions’

Paris Fashion: A New Museum, a Stunning Show

Finally Paris fashion has a museum all its own! Under renovation for the last four years, Palais Galliera has now reopened with Alaïa. It’s the first French tribute ever for Azzedine Alaïa, who has been making […]

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Visitors enraptured by French music at the exhibition "Paris en Chansons"

French Music: A Melody of Light

I’ve always been a sucker for a good mix CD. Music has the power to transport us to another time and place, of nostalgia or wanderlust, and to place us in the culture of the music chosen. The exhibition “Paris en Chansons,” on view through July 29 at La Galerie des Bibliothèques, is like diving into the world’s greatest French mix CD—an astoundingly comprehensive collection of French music represented by songs about Paris.

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A self-portrait by Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot: A Woman French Impressionist in a Man’s World

It is said of Ginger Rogers that she did everything Fred Astaire did, but backward and in high heels. Similarly, Berthe Morisot did everything her fellow

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From Paris Cafés to the Art Museum: A Ricard or Nothing

Pastis rivals rosé as the unofficial French drink of summer. The refreshing anise liqueur is a staple of many Paris cafés as well as most good picnics because of its breezy flavor and the drinker’s ability to control its strength (not to mention make it last for an hour) by diluting it with water. Ricard, the most popular brand of Pastis, has ingrained itself so deeply into the French culture that it now has its own retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, focusing on the powerful and clever ways Ricard has promoted its brand over the past 80 years.

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The Great Flood of 1910

If you saw the film Camille Claudel, with Isabelle Adjani, you know a flood almost drowned the artist in her studio—and Claudel was indeed rescued…

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Unusual Museums

I have a confession—I hate emails. As a way of doing business they’re tolerable, a necessary evil. Second confession—I write letters. Just tell me you aren’t twice as thrilled to open an envelope addressed to you from a friend or lover as you are to open something in your inbox. Perhaps this is why I love the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts as much as I do.

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The Arab World in Paris

The Institut du Monde Arabe (Institute of the Arab World), in the 5th Arrondissement, is at once a museum, a library and a cultural center….

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Portrait of Louis Vuitton (1821–92)

Louis Vuitton’s Luxury Odyssey: Time Travel à la Mode

No matter how seductive those airline or cruise ship ads, travel today is often more trying than glamorous. Hence the special appeal of Travel Capital: Louis Vuitton & Paris, on view at the Musée Carnavalet through February 27, 2011. This multimedia exhibition takes visitors back to moments which, since the mid-19th century, made Paris that city we know. You might think it’s all just stacks of beautiful baggage. Au contraire! Stuffed with fashion, history and savoir faire, the show leaves not one drawer of its famous trunks unopened.

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Anonymous, Obsession No. 1, ca. 1870. Photocollage, Musée d'Orsay. © RMN (Musée d'Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski.

Femmes Fatales at the Musée d’Orsay: Sex, Sin and the Guillotine

“When artists turn their talent to crime . . . ” is one slogan advertising the Musée d’Orsay’s blockbuster show “Crime et Châtiment” (Crime and…

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Madeleine Vionnet

Think 1930s MGM classic glamour and subtle sophistication, and unconsciously the fluid lines of Madeleine Vionnet come to mind. The French-born designer is the subject of an exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (through January 31, 2010).

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David Dawson, Working at Night, 2005. Photograph. © David Dawson, courtesy Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, Londres

Naked Truths: Lucian Freud at the Pompidou

In Paris the artist’s studio holds eternal fascination. Onetime workplaces turned into museums fill the city, and every week lifestyle magazines offer us peeks into new ateliers. Thus it’s no surprise that the Pompidou’s current show by Lucian Freud—at 88, considered by many the world’s greatest living artist—has been organized around its subject’s studio.

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New in Paris: March Edition

The Radisson Blu Ambassador Hotel, located in the Opéra district, just went through a renovation. Located near the Opéra Garnier, the 297 rooms and suites of the Paris hotel are housed in a Haussmann building dating back to 1927. The redecorated rooms now reflect a relaxing yet contemporary decor thanks to English designer Paul Bevis, who used marble, wood, leather and luxurious fabrics in shades of purple and beige. Rooms on the top floors are afforded fabulous views of Paris rooftops, the Opéra Garnier and the Eiffel Tower. The addition of an executive lounge on the eighth and top floor is devoted entirely to welcoming V.I.P. clients. Amenities include free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the property, Nespresso machines in business rooms and suites, a breakfast buffet, a fitness center and the hotel’s signature

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New in Paris: February Edition

Royal Garden Champs Elysées has recently undergone a makeover of its 72 rooms, suites and apartments. The hotel, which holds a prime location near the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe, has been transformed into an elegant and modern space decorated in the French style.

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Missed the Show? Don’t Miss: Some of the Best Books on Paris!

Last year’s exhibitions here were fabulous but, if you missed one, you can still buy the catalog—collecting these is a great way to amass the best books on Paris. The lavish volumes are seductive treats, widely available and stuffed with “extras” not in the shows. Every year, Parisians give in and buy stacks of them. Prices are usually around 45 to 50 euros, but: you’ll have something you’ll always treasure.

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Dates for the Diary: Exhibitions

Here are a few current and upcoming exhibitions in Paris that I’m getting excited about, ranging from painting to photography to music. I hope that you’ll all feel inspired, too! The first two are closing soon, so get hopping.

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