During my press trip to Paris I visited quite a lot of exhibitions and cultural institutions. In the post bellow you can find my absolute favourites!
Musée Bourdelle / Balenciaga, working in black
The Palais Galliera pays tribute to the couturiers' couturier Cristobal Balenciaga, with the Balenciaga L'oeuvre au noir exhibition, resonant with the black tones of a couture alchemist. Black - for work driven powerfully by the folklore and traditions of his Spanish childhood. Black - for the ascetic taste of this extraordinary skilful tailor. Black - for the monastic influence of the master, of whom Dior once said: 'Clothes were his religion'. The Musee Bourdelle provides the backdrop for this exhibition of Balenziaga dresses, whose sculptural form echoes the work of the sculptor.
2017 marks the centenary of Auguste Rodin's death. The exhibition at the Grand Palais provides a fresh perspective on this elemental artist and his relationships with his collectors and his artist contemporaries - Claudel, Brancusi, Picasso and Richier - to reveal and understand the power of his genius in a new light.
Musée d'Orsay / BEYOND THE STARS, THE MYSTICAL LANDSCAPE FROM MONET TO KANDINSKYThis exhibition seeks to explore the mystical aspects of symbolist landscapes. Ever since the Reinaissance, and especially since the Romantic period, Western culture has recognised the landscape as the pictorial genre that best facilitates the formal translation of inner feelings and introduces the viewer to immediate spiritual experiences that transcend language by taking as their starting point the representation of a stable, measurable and familiar natural environment. The selection of works includes landscapes by Gaugin, Denis, Monet, Hodler, Klimt, Munch and van Gogh, as well as those by leading figures of the Canadian school of the 1920s and 1930s, such as Lawren Harris, Tom Thomson and Emily Carr.
So called Louvre of Cinema offers you enormous collection of film documents, film-related objects and worldwide films.
Philharmonie de ParisAs the architect of Paris’s new Philharmonie concert hall Jean Nouvel said, this is one of the most remarkable symphonic buildings existing.
Centre Pompidou / CY TWOMBLYUnprecented in its scope, this first complete retrospective of work by American artist Cy Twombly retraces the artist's entire career in a chronological sequence of 140 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs. From his first work of the early 1950s notable for its graffiti and calligraphy, to his 1960s compositions, from his response to minimalism and conceptual art in the 1970s through to his final paintings, this retrospective highlights the importance of cycles and series through which Cy Twombly reinvents historical painting.
Le 6BCreated by a group of artists seeking a place to work, Le 6b is a co-working centre that pools space, resources and people.
Housed in a former industrial building built by Alstom in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, Le 6b offers 7,000 sqm of workshops and shared workspaces for its 170 residents, made of up professionals, associations, and passionate individuals: artists, architects, musicians, filmmakers, graphic designers, creators, social-sector professionals, etc. The residents practise their trade or art in the some one hundred workshops and offices at the site, and take part in the communities in the common areas for creating, spending time together and sharing their work.
Located in the new Gare-Confluence district, in between intense industrial activity from times past and areas with a fast-changing economic, social and cultural make-up, Le 6b offers a public space for thinking and experiences related to the multiple ways people approach their job, art, life and city. Through collective cultural projects, art exhibitions, work by residents with the local population, and simply providing space for neighbourhood associations, the 6b has firmly established local roots alongside residents, a vital aspect of working together to create vibrant culture and invent urbanity in movement – open to the world and human.
Louvre / VERMEER AND THE MASTERS OF GENRE PAINTING
Bringing twelve paintings by Vermeer together in Paris for the first time since 1966, the exhibition explores the fascinating web of relationships between the artist and his illustratorious contemporaries of the Dutch Golden Age. By examining the parallels with the work of other leading artists of the Dutch Golden Age, this exhibition seeks to demonstrate how Vermeer fits into a network of painters whose speciality was the representation of elegance and sophistication.
In collaboration with Atout France