In the minds of art lovers around the world Paris is intrinsically linked to art and artists. This is largely because many famous artists have spent their formative years here and international artistic movements have germinated from their collaborations in Paris’ cafes. Home to over 50 museums and over 125 galleries, Paris continues to be a rite of passage for both well-known and new artistic talents. This autumn has been a particularly exciting and enriching time for the Paris art scene. In addition to a note-worthy array of exhibitions and showcases, there have recently been two long-awaited openings that have confirmed Paris as the world’s artistic and cultural hub.
After a renovation that took over 4 years and cost an estimated 43 million Euros, the Picasso Museum is once again open to the public and receiving rave reviews. This unique collection, the most extensive in the world, includes many of his masterpieces from the Blue Period through to Cubism, with sketches, photos, correspondence and other personal memorabilia as well as some paintings given to him by friends such as Matisse, Cézanne and Rousseau.
People are also flocking to the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton designed by award-winning architect, Frank Gehry. The space boasts many galleries featuring different artists and installations as well as performance space. It offers an ongoing, varied schedule of activities with something for everyone and is worth a visit just to look at the building, which is a work of art in itself.
If you would like to see more examples of this iconic architect, visit the Pompidou Center, where there is a retrospective of Gehry’s designs including 67 models and over 200 drawings. While at the Pompidou Center, you might also want to take a look at the Jeff Koons exhibition (November 26-April 15, 2015) which showcases the works of this noted contemporary American artist.
The Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art concludes its 30th anniversary with a stunning series of exhibitions, installations and events…. not to be missed.
The Musée du Luxembourg is offering a rare glimpse into art dealer Paul Durand and his patronage of Impressionists, from October to February 8, 2015. This exhibition uses over 80 paintings by Degas, Monet, Renoir, Sisley and Pissarro to trace the rise of the Impressionist movement and the innovative art dealer who championed its artists and single-handedly brought them to prominence in the US and other markets.
For fashionistas, the Cognacq-Jay Museum, renowned for its 18th century decorative arts, has teamed up with 21st century fashion designer, Christian Lacroix, (November 19-April 19, 2015) for a unique perspective on textiles, using a series of contemporary installations which marry new techniques and elements with the history and design of the period. Then you might want to visit the Palais-Galliera Musée de la Mode de Paris for an exhibition of Countess Greffulhe’s wardrobe (November 30-January 31, 2015). The exhibit features 40 dresses, accessories, photos and portraits of this style icon who was a muse of writer Marcel Proust, international beauty and avid art patron.
With various exhibits on the photographic arts on display in museums and galleries all over Paris, you can see why Paris is considered to be the world’s artistic hub.