Bill Viola

published on April 23, 2014
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Bill Viola, born in New York in 1951, is undisputedly the most well-known Video Art artist in the world.

At the beginning of the 70’s he created brilliant video installations with fellow artists who also became famous, such as Nam June PaikWolf Vostell and Richard Serra.

The exhibition is the artist’s first retrospective in France, and also the first Video Art exhibition to be held at the Grand Palais, encompassing 40 years of his work.

Combining sound & moving images in an imaginary darkness, visitors journey from one work to the next and are plunged into a fascinating and enchanting universe.

A form of contemporary Art that is a true personal adventure to experience & enjoy.

Bill Viola
Until 21 july 2014
Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
http://www.grandpalais.fr

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From Watteau to Fragonard, les fêtes galantes

published on April 18, 2014
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The From Watteau to Fragonardles fêtes galantes Exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André – close to the Hôtel Mansart – encompasses approximately sixty works by Watteau, Fragonard and other painters from the same era.

These painters created a new, quite timeless genre that crossed the centuries up to the French Revolution, depicting amorous scenes of women and Sheppard in realistic or imaginary decors set in the middle of ancient ruins, surrounded by Greek nymphs and mythology.

Antoine Watteau was one of the first early 18th century painters to bring the pastoral theme to France, as well as updating the style and adding Parisian figures.

The pinnacle of the style can be seen in Boucher and Fragonard’s works. The poetic and fantastic Fêtes Galantes style ended with the French Revolution and the First Empire as paintings depicting current news took over.

The Musée Jacquemart-André offers us a chance to rediscover a major genre.

Up to 21st July 2014
Musée Jacquemart-André
158 Boulevard Haussmann
75008 Paris
01 45 62 11 59
www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

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Van Gogh / Artaud – The Man Suicided by Society

published on April 4, 2014
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Van Gogh,  known for his original works, and Artaud, generally known for his writing, acting and for dabbling in the theatre, are currently on show together, thanks to their history, at the musée d’Orsay.

How does associating Van Gogh with Artaud become The Man Suicided by Society?

On 23rd December 1888, after a violent argument, Vincent Van Gogh threatened Gauguin with a razor blade. Gauguin left quickly. During the night, in a moment of madness, Van Gogh cut off his left ear lobe. The story is well-known, but the fact that he then wrapped it in newspaper and set off to give it to his mistress Rachel as a gift, is far less known.

Van Gogh’s works include over 2,000 paintings and drawings mainly dating back to the 1880s, strongly influenced by his painter friends, notably by Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard. His works made it to the European art world at the end of the 19th century.

An original exhibition focused on Van Gogh which will take you through his best works, as well as a choice of drawings, letters and graphic works by the poet-illustrator at the musée d’Orsay, just a few steps away from the Hôtel d’Orsay  or a few minutes from  the Hôtel Brighton.

The exhibition is an invitation to discover the multiple facets of the works of these two 19th century artists.

Van Gogh / Artaud - The Man Suicided by Society
Until 6th July 2014
Musée d’Orsay
1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur
75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en

 

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Hervé Perdriel. Art Jingle Contemporary

published on February 17, 2014
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Hervé Perdriel
Art Jingle Contemporary
Exhibition from 5th February to 5th March 2014

Each of Hervé Perdriel’s photo portraits is like an ID card that acts as a story within a story, and takes viewer on a sort of treasure hunt:  the bright faces & portraits are contrasted by the plain black background, creating a near & far effect. From afar the portraits appear to be coloured, yet closer up you can see that each one is made up of numerous pieces of photographs. The artist sets an intimate portrait for each one, creating a type of invisible ID card of the person, whether fictional or real…

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Perdriel’s portrait of Miles Davis has been on show in the Hôtel Aiglon’s lobby since 2012.

The piece of Art integrates the hotel’s Sense of place perfectly as it is linked to Montparnasse’s history: from the 50’s to the 70’s, the quarter was packed with cabarets & clubs during the Jazz musicians’ Golden Age.

If you have never seen Hervé Perdriel’s work, don’t miss the exhibition!

31 bis, rue des Tournelles
75003 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 29 40 03
www.artjingle.com

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From Tuesday to Saturday, from 11.00am to 7.00pm
Sunday from 2.30pm to 7.00pm.

 

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“Miles Davis”, silver print on Diasec or Dibond, Hôtel Aiglon, Paris.

"Mick Paint", Hervé Perdriel, 2013.

“Mick Paint”, 2013, silver print on Diasec or Dibond, 90 x 120 cm, edition of 8. ©www.artjingle.com

"Red Head", Hervé Perdriel, 2014.

“Red Head”, 2014, silver print on Diasec or Dibond, 90 x 115 cm, edition of 8. ©www.artjingle.com

It is Christmas time at the Hotel Aiglon Paris

published on December 19, 2013
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Frida Kahlo / Diego Rivera. « L’Art en fusion »

published on October 24, 2013
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Frida Kahlo / Diego Rivera. « L’Art en fusion »
Musée de l’Orangerie
From the 9th of October, 2013 to the 13th of January, 2014

If Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is today one of the best known and most popular figures of 20th century Mexican art, it is undoubtedly because of her personality and the originality of a body of work that defies all efforts to classify it. Her work is, above all, the expression of a life – a tragic and turbulent life, one that challenged all conventions, a life known in all its detail and recently the subject of a film, making her a true icon.

The mere mention of her name excites enthusiasm and admiration, but her work is rarely exhibited, and has not been shown in France for fifteen years. The selection to go on show at the Musée de l’Orangerie includes major works by the artist, with masterpieces from the Museo Olmedo, which holds one of the main collections of Frida Kahlo’s work, including the very famous Colonne brisée [Broken Column].

The life and work of Frida Kahlo cannot be separated from those of her companion Diego Rivera (1886- 1957). Together they became figures of legend, and both have a place in the pantheon of 20th century Mexican artists. Famous for his large mural paintings, Rivera’s easel paintings, drawings and prints, which form a large part of his artistic production, are less well known to the public in Europe. The exhibition aims to trace his artistic career from the early Cubist images, revealing his links with the Paris artists whose works are a key element in the Orangerie collection, to the paintings that established him as the founder of the 20th century school of Mexican art. Visitors are invited to discover the many aspects of the art of Rivera. His travels throughout Europe influenced his vision and his repertoire without ever distancing him from his roots, thus confirming his place in history as the founder of the nationalist school.

The exhibition devoted to the legendary couple Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo presents their works together, as if to confirm the impossibility of their divorce that was in fact finalised but reconsidered after just one year apart. It also gives us a better view of their respective artistic worlds, so different and yet so complementary, through the deep-rooted attachment they shared for their country: a cycle of life and death, revolution and religion, realism and mysticism, workers and peasants.


Frida Kahlo / Diego Rivera. « L’Art en fusion »
From the 9th of October, 2013 to the 13th of January, 2014
Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries, côté Seine
75001 Paris
+ 33 (0)1 44 50 43 00
www.musee-orangerie.fr

Autorretrato con Traje de Terciopelo, 1926 Oil on canvas, 79,7 x 59,9 cm Private collection © Photo Francisco Kochen © ADAGP, Paris 2013

Autorretrato con Traje de Terciopelo, 1926 Oil on canvas, 79,7 x 59,9 cm Private collection © Photo Francisco Kochen © ADAGP, Paris 2013

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Vendedora de Alcatraces, 1943 Oil on masonite, 152 x 120,5 cm Private Collection © Photo Francisco Kochen © ADAGP, Paris 2013

Sebastião Salgado – “Genesis” – Maison Européenne de la Photographie

published on October 7, 2013
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Sebastião Salgado

Maison Européenne de la Photographie

From the 25th of September, 2013 to the 5th of January, 2014

It took 30 trips and 8 years of work to Sebastião Salgado to offer us “Genesis”, an exhibition of 245 photographs presented from September 25 until January 5, 2014 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. With “Genesis”, Sebastião Salgado remains faithful to his work in black and white, but he distanced himself from his photojournalistic favorite themes to suggest a trip to the scenic splendor still unaffected by the presence of man. The result is a majestic walk on the planet, organized around five geographical chapters: “At the edge of the South”, “Natural sanctuaries“, “Africa“, “Northern Land“, “Amazonia and Pantanal“.

Wanick Lelia Salgado, wife of photographer and curator of the exhibition says: “Genesis is a quest for the origins of the world, a world that has changed over thousands of years before being confronted with the pace of modern life, before forgetting what makes us human. This exhibition presents landscapes, animals and peoples that have escaped the modern world. It honours the vast, remote regions wherenature, intact and silent, still reigns in all her majesty.

In addition to the wonderful journey that offers viewers “Genesis” has a goal of raising awareness to protect the landscapes and cultures of our fragile planet.

Sebastião Salgado

From the 25th of September, 2013 to the 5th of January, 2014

Maison Européenne de la Photographie

5/7 rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris


+33 (0)1 44 78 75 00

www.mep-fr.org

 

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Valdés Peninsula, Argentina, 2004. © Sebastião Salgado

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Azzedine Alaïa at the Palais Galliera – Paris Fashion Museum

published on September 27, 2013
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Azzedine Alaïa
Palais Galliera – Musée de la mode
From the 28th of September, 2013 to the 26th of January, 2014

For its reopening exhibition, the Palais Galliera (Paris Fashion Museum) celebrates the genius designer Azzedine Alaïa and offers him his first Parisian retrospective in its renovated galleries. Through a selection of seventy styles, the exhibition traces Azzedine Alaïa’s unique creative journey.

His learning began with the made-to-mesure clothings he made rue de Bellechasse (close to the Hotel d’Orsay Paris) for his famous clients like Louise de Vilmorin, Arletty or Greta Garbo. Encouraged by his friend Thierry Mugler, he presented its first designer collection in 1979. His vision of fashion makes leather more sensual, he uses jersey and stretch, which he drapes the body, as the raw material of sculptures he studied at the Ecole des Beaux- Arts in Tunis. This learning of Fine Arts was fundamental in the way he works clothings,  to understand women’s bodies : “When I work clothing, it has to turn around the body, side and back.

Alaïa is one of the few to control all stages of the production of a garment: draw a pattern , draw on the canvas shapes and volumes he has in mind, cut, sew and tame fabric. The zips make their way around the dresses, eylets pierce coats, topstitching emphasize the curve of tailors…

Its fashion transcends time imagining new volumes, imposing a very personal style, sublimating the female body, emphasizing “a garment that last“.  Today , Alaïa does not follow the frenetic pace of collections imposed by the fashion industry. He presents his collections when they are ready. No snobbery but for the sake of fashion. This longevity is also visible in the loyal circle of his followers, models and friends he revealed as Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Linda Spierings, Linda Evangelista, Veronica Webb and Yasmin Le Bon.



By choosing Azzedine Alaïa for its reopening, the Palais Galliera made a classic and obvious choice, celebrating fashion out of fashion. A tribute to a rare and sustainable work.

Azzedine Alaïa
From the 28th of September, 2013 to the 26th of January, 2014
Palais Galliera – Musée de la mode
10, avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie
75016 Paris
+ 33 (0)1 56 52 86 00
http://palaisgalliera.paris.fr/

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A fashion shooting at the Hôtel Mansart Paris

published on September 12, 2013
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The Hotel Mansart Paris recently lent its scenery and views of the Place Vendôme in a series of fashion jewelry in JFW Magazine. Here is the result.

Georges Braque – Grand Palais – Paris

published on August 9, 2013
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Georges Braque
Grand Palais
From the 18th of September, 2013 to the 6th of January, 2014

Georges Braque (1882-1963) is one of the twentieth century’s major artists. He was a painter, engraver and sculptor, but first, as the founder of cubism and the inventor of paper collage, one of the leading figures in the avant-garde of the early twentieth century before focusing definitively on methodical, serial exploration of still life and landscape painting, which made him the French painter par excellence, the heir to Corot and Chardin and the depository of the classical tradition as well as the precursor of post-war abstraction.

The Grand Palais is hosting an ambitious retrospective of his oeuvre. It presents all the periods in his art from Fauvism to his last works, culminating in the dazzling series of large studios and birds. The exhibition’s chronological design insists on the highlights of his career, such as cubism, the canephors of the twenties or the last landscapes, which so appealed to Nicolas de Staël.

Thanks to the support of the Musée national d’art moderne, it gathers the artist’s key works and the series of thematic variations – landscapes, gueridons, canephors and studios – which amplify and sum up his experimental work.

Other perspectives are developed in the exhibition: his collaboration with Pablo Picasso in cubism; the resonance between his art and music and his closeness to Erik Satie; and his affinity with poets such as Pierre Reverdy, Francis Ponge and René Char and important intellectual figures of his time such as Carl Einstein or Jean Paulhan. One section of the exhibition is devoted to Georges Braque’s oeuvre seen by the photographers Man Ray and Cartier-Bresson.

This is the first retrospective of Georges Braque’s oeuvre presented in Paris since the major show at the Orangerie des Tuileries in 1973-1974.

Georges Braque
From the 18th of September, 2013 to the 6th of January, 2014
Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill


75008 Paris 

01 44 13 17 30

www.grandpalais.fr

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