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.
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