A day in Paris by Esprit de France #11

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Exposition Medusa by Esprit de France
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A chance to view rare objets and awesome jewelry

The end of the summer is always enlivened by a certain number of events that mark the Parisian Fall season in quite a ritual way. The quintessence of the French “art de vivre" for art lovers, the Biennale Paris, formely known as the Biennale des Antiquaires -the Antique Dealers’ Biennial-, is now becoming annual with this 29th edition, and is one of those unescapable events. Imagine yourself looking for some rare object under the glass dome of the Grand Palais in the middle of genuine collector items carefully selected for the occasion! Indeed, within this majestic 1900 monument, this exhibition presents some 5000 works: artistic objects and antique furniture, a fine choice of modern art, archeology and Islamic art but also Asian art and primitive arts, not to mention a selection of fine jewelry with very exceptional pieces. And in support of this requirement for quality, a special tribute is paid to the great Swiss collector of primitive arts, Jean-Paul Barbier-Mueller and his descendants -four generations of equally eminent collectors- under the title: Collections Barbier-Mueller, 110 years of passion.

A little further along the right bank, going up the hill of Chaillot, you will be able to visit another museum currently housing jewels, even more surprising perhaps than those of the Biennale. They are part of the exhibition Medusa at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris. The title is a reminder of the fact that jewelry, like Medusa in the Greek mythology, has always held such a strong power of fascination that it could lead to mortal distraction. Either ornament or sculpture, jewelery, which is one of the oldest universal forms of art, has long been associated with seduction. Whether physical or ritual adornments, symbols of power or identity claims, some of the 400 pieces of strange beauty which are exhibited here have been designed by artists such as the surrealists Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim or Dali -whose Ruby lips made of pearls and rubies we particularly like-, or by famous jewelers such as Van Cleef & Arpels and the Italian Codognato, or simply anonymous ones. And upon leaving, why not continue the evening next door, in the raw architecture of the Palais de Tokyo, for a rock'n'roll cocktail at the new bar-restaurant Les grands Verres? Try a Gordon Gekko based gin and vermouth !