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.
Last week I decided to have a complete day-off and went to visit the recently updated permanent collection of Musée d’Arts Decoratifs. I strolled around alone for three hours, it was so calming and definitely one of those great museum visits when you get inspired about everything you see. The permanent collection highlights furniture and everyday-objects from Middle-Ages to Art Nouveau to 21st century and obviously my favorite floor was the one dedicated to chairs. Plus the view from the museum to Jardin des Tuileries is breathtaking.
Ellsworth Kelly – Water Lilies at Musée l’Orangerie
Spring blues at the Picasso Museum.
Fondation Jean Arp / me
With a friend of mine we have a tradition to visit Fondation Jean Arp every once in a while. It requires a bit of travelling, since it is located in the suburbs of Paris in Meudon, but it is a perfect Sunday activity. Mostly we’ve got the space completely for ourselves, and it is such an meditative experience. The place is so quiet and beautiful.
Christian Dior – Couturier du Rêve exhibition
It is starting to become a trend for fashion brands to host exhibitions, as it is an easy way to communicate about the history and identity of the brand. Just to mention a few; Chloé hosted a Guy Bourdin exhibition in their newly renovated Maison Chloé, Hermès dedicated an exhibition for Leila Menchari‘s window displays, Louis Vuitton’s Voulez, Vogues, Voyages exhibition is currently showing in New York and YSL opened not one, but two museums; one in Paris and one in Marrakesh.
Unfortunately most of the exhibitions have been sadly simple, badly curated and very obviously commercial, as advertising often tends to be. When a product is still in the store, it doesn’t belong to museum.
I want to post only things that I support and I can recommend, which is why I post this picture only now when the Dior exhibition has finished; it was exceptionally bad. Poor John Galliano and his legacy was buried under Maria Grazia Chiuri’s feminism t-shirts.
If you are visiting Paris and you have time only for one, go for Musée Rodin. Perfect sunday treat.
Last weekend I visited a place I’ve wanted to go already for a while. Fondation Jean Arp is Jean Arp’s home and atelier turned into a museum and it was perfect location for a calm sunday stroll. Fondation Jean Arp, 21 Rue des Châtaigniers, 92140 Clamart
I have a love-hate relationship with Louvre. It’s annoyingly crowded every day, full of turists who enter just because it’s a ‘must’. But then, headphones on, I really get fascinated everytime I go there by its size and treasures. I’ve visited so far 7 times and not even close to finish. Last time I discovered this gorgeus marble floor from one of the hallways.
Musée Zadkine is a hidden gem in the left bank of Paris. Sometimes the space is completely empty and together with the artwork it’s a perfect calming escape from tourist-filled Paris. Plus the enterance is free. 100bis rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris