I really enjoy visiting exhibitions that make me think, research and learn, but during the busy periods of life those can be quite overwhelming and you just crave for something aesthetically beautiful. Just like a Barbara Hepworth exhibition at Musée Rodin. It is a perfectly small, but well curated collection of her most important pieces to describe her life and works. Or I guess at least, to be honest I didn’t really study why those exact pieces were chosen, I only let my eyes wonder in the beautiful sculptures and emptied my mind. Maybe I’ll go back later with more curiosity, but for the moment it was exactly what I needed.
Alaïa Haute Couture SS2003
Givenchy Haute Couture SS2001 by Alexander McQueen
Once again Palais Galliera succeeded to put together a great exhibition, this time in collaboration with Musée Bourdelle. The expo is called Back Side – Fashion from Behind, and Alexandre Samson‘s curation of the fashion pieces mixed with Antoine Bourdelle’s sculptures is just phenomenal. It’s also such an important subject in the era where we are consuming fashion mainly through a flat, 2-dimensional screen and shot from the front. The exhibition is running until 17th of November.
There is a small, but very intriguing Ellsworth Kelly -exhibition ongoing at Centre Pompidou definitely worth visiting. It gathers for the first time all Kelly’s window studies together along with photography, which brings so much depth into his works.
After a quiet period, there are finally some interesting exhibitions and events happening in Paris. I heard about the Calder-Picasso exhibition about a year ago and I’ve been waiting for it ever since, so obviously I went to visit the opening day. It was perfect.
I can’t say I know that much about art, but can definitely tell if an exhibition is well organized or not. I get easily bored with too much text to read or too many videos to watch, and very often the curation just feels weird and makes it hard to stay focused. But in the Calder-Picasso one, I could have stayed for hours. The Picasso museum itself is such a beautiful building, and the placement of each Calder piece was extremely well thought to fit in, how it brings out the details of the ceiling and how the natural light hits them. And most importantly, I loved how they matched the artwork from Picasso and Calder together.
I finally got to visit the Basquiat and Schiele exhibitions at Fondation Louis Vuitton. I was really looking forward to see Schiele’s works, but unfortunately I got very disappointed by the setting; very dim lighting and weirdly dark walls which made it very difficult to enjoy. The Basquiat part on the other hand was not bad at all. I wasn’t in the mood to study all the political aspects in the paintings but even with a quick browsing I was very aesthetically pleased.
Paris Design Week is on until 15th of September and there are great events and exhibitions to discover this weekend. I wanted to recommend this exhibition I visited yesterday, 1000 Vases, in the heart of Le Marais. You can imagine my excitement, as I’m huge fan of ceramics and constantly looking for new artists. The exhibition runs until Monday the 10th at 17 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris.
I lost my faith at one point for fashion exhibitions as I wrote earlier. I understand their purpose, it is to serve the masses and promote the brand to the public as a new way of advertisement.
However, there is a difference between retrospective exhibitions and exhibitions organized by the brand. I recently visited at Palais Galleira, which is currently hosting a Martin Margiela retrospective, art directed by Margiela himself. As having an obsession towards fashion archives and history, this exhibitions was truly food to my soul. Margiela’s influence in fashion could be seen so clearly, plus they were showcasing some most precious archive pieces which would be impossible to find anywhere else. I can’t recommend this one enough. MARGIELA / GALLIERA, 1989-2009, Palais Galliera until 15th July 2018
Maison Martin Margiela SS09
It’s time to wrap up 2017 and welcome 2018. I’ll rather start the new year fresh and rested, so tonight’s plans doesn’t include late partying or disco outfits. I would only wear sequins if they were from Margiela.
Speaking of, in March 2018 Palais Galleria in Paris will host an exhibition dedicated to Martin Margiela. After seeing the Hermes Years exhibition in Antwerp, I can’t wait for this one!
Irving Penn, Nude No 58.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untiteled (Venus/The Great Circle)
Jean Arp, Torso
Different perspectives on female beauty in different types of art. And a tip if you are visiting Paris, there is currently a Irving Penn exhibition in Grand Palais, it wasn’t the greatest one but in any case I spotted few gems.
You know the pink mirror that everyone always takes mirror pictures with at Pigalle Hotel in Paris? As much as I admire Ettore Sottsass’ work, I wasn’t too big fan of it. Until now, when I came across to this photo above. Would be a perfect contrast in the old Paris apartments.
Also I’m very excited for the approaching weekend. There will be an Ettore Sottsass exhibition at Gallery Downtown in Paris starting on Friday and Fiac, a contemporary art fair, starting tomorrow.