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La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy

published on March 10, 2015
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La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy
Musée Marmottan Monet
From the12th of February, 2015 to the 5th of July, 2015

The Musée Marmottan Monet presents until July 5th, 2015 the first exhibition ever dedicated to the theme of ‘La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy.’

The exhibition brings together works by major artists of the fifteenth century to the present, explores the rituals of cleanliness, their spaces and their gestures. This is the first time such a subject, unique and indispensable, is presented in the form of an exhibition. In these works that reflect everyday practices that might seem mundane, the public will discover the pleasures and surprises with a depth that few expected. Prestigious museums and international collections joined enthusiastically in this project giving major loans, including some paintings that have never been shown since their creation. One hundred paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and motion pictures («time-lapse») allow to offer an exceptional exhibition.

The exhibition opens with an outstanding collection of engravings by Dürer, de Primatice, paintings from the l’Ecole de Fontainebleau, including a Clouet, the outstanding Femme à la puce by Georges de La Tour, a unique and amazing collection of François Boucher, showing the invention of gestures and the special places one washed in the Old Regime Europe.

In the second part of the exhibition, visitors will discover that with the nineteenth century there was a profound renewal of tools and modes of cleanliness. The appearance of the bathroom, that of a more diverse and abundant use of water inspired Manet, Berthe Morisot, Degas, Toulouse Lautrec and other artists, not least, unpublished scenes of women washing in tubs or in makeshift tanks. The gestures are disrupted, the space becomes definitively closed and made to conceal privacy, from which emerges a deep impression of intimacy and modernity.

The last part of the exhibition presents to the vistor the both familiar and disconcerting modern bathrooms and there «functional» uses, with artworks from Pierre Bonnard which show bathroom spaces where one is allowed, away from the eyes of others and the noise of the city, to dream.

La Toilette and the Invention of Privacy
From the12th of February, 2015 to the 5th of July, 2015
Musée Marmottan Monet
2, rue Louis-Boilly
75016 Paris – France

Tél : +33 (0)1 44 96 50 33
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Jeune femme ‡ sa toilette

Eugène Lomont, Jeune femme à sa toilette, 1898
Huile sur toile, 54 x 65 cm, Beauvais, Musée départemental de l’Oise
© RMN Grand Palais / Thierry Ollivier

Jeune femme ‡ sa toilette

François Eisen, Jeune femme à sa toilette, 1742
Huile sur toile, 36,5 x 27,3 cm, Abbeville, Musée d’Abbeville
© RMN-Grand Palais /Thierry Ollivier

La Femme ‡ la puce

Georges de La Tour, La Femme à la puce, 1638
Huile sur toile, 121 x 89 cm, Nancy, Musée Lorrain
© RMN-Grand Palais / Philippe Bernard

Paul Durand-Ruel. The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir.

published on October 28, 2014
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Paul Durand-Ruel. The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir.
Musée du Luxembourg
From the 9th of October, 2014 to the 8th of February, 2015

Around Cézanne, Renoir or Monet, the Museum of the Luxembourg presents the first exhibition dedicated to Paul Durand-Ruel (on 1831 – 1922), the main art dealer passionate about the XIXth century, the discoverer of the Impressionists and the inventor of the modern art market.

Most major public and private Impressionists collections were in fact made ​​to the Durand-Ruel gallery at the turn of the twentieth century. No Impressionist sale took place without a painting that was once  exhibited in his gallery. From his discovery of Impressionism in the early 1870s to the success of the turn of the century, Paul Durand- Ruel had indeed bought, sold, exposed thousands of works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro , Sisley, Morisot and Cassatt . This story has not been smooth, and if he is now hailed as a visionary dealer, Durand -Ruel indeed made ​​the bet of Impressionism. It is this chapter in the history of the gallery and the story of a man the exhibition aims at showing and explaining with the help of new research.

The exhibition gathers eighty masterpieces of the impressionism and redraws an artistic avant-garde getting access in the international gratitude.

Paul Durand-Ruel. The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir.
From the 9th of October, 2014 to the 8th of February, 2015
Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
+ 33 (0)1 40 13 62 00



Les Borgia et leur temps

published on October 3, 2014
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Les Borgia et leur temps
Musée Maillol
From the 17th of September, 2014 to the 15th of February, 2015

The Borgia family owes its celebrity thank to statesmen, their popes and to their outstanding personalities. Their sulphurous reputation fascinated writers so different as Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas, comic strip writers or still television.

Through portraits of the family, visitors to the exhibition will discover the families’ true faces, as well as those of the major protagonists of the period: princes, philosophers, scientists and theologians. An epoch in turmoil following the discovery of America and the Italian wars, against a background of unrest fermented by the friar, Girolamo Savonarole, already foreshadowing the Protestant Reformation to come and the birth of a new generation of humanists. At the dawn of the 16th century, Erasmus and Luther illustrated the renewal of philosophy.

Les Borgia et leur temps
From the 17th of September, 2014 to the 15th of February, 2015
Musée Maillol
59-61 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 22 59 58



Juan de Juanes – Portait of the pope Alexandre VI
1586 – Oil on leather (guadamacile)
83 X 56 cm
Valence, Cabildo Metropolitano de Valencia
© Francisco Alcántara


Altobello Melone – Portrait de gentilhomme (César Borgia?) – 1513
Oil on wood 58,1X48,2 cm
Bergame, Accademia Carrara di Bergamo
© Archivio fotografi co Accademia Carrara

Francucci Innocenzo dit Innocenzo da Imola Portrait présumé de Vannozza Cattanei First half of the 16th century Oil on canvas 83 X 62 cm Rome, Galleria Borghese © SSPSAE e per il Polo Museale della Città di Roma

Francucci Innocenzo dit Innocenzo da Imola
Portrait présumé de Vannozza Cattanei
First half of the 16th century
Oil on canvas 83 X 62 cm
Rome, Galleria Borghese
© SSPSAE e per il Polo Museale della Città di Roma

Disappeared Paris, restored Paris

published on July 31, 2014
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On the occasion of 850 years of the Cathedral Notre-Dame, the archaeological Crypt of the square Notre-Dame dedicates an exhibition to the history of Paris by archaeological restoration (interactive 3D experiences). Visitors are invited to discover vestiges protected in the Crypt and to re-place them in the architectural context and the history of their time.

The archaeological tracks kept under the square, at the heart of Paris, show buildings which followed one another since the Roman creation of Lutetia until the Haussmann transformations of the XIXth century.

They result from the intense urbanization of the place in the course of the centuries and their mess is today difficult to read for the general public.

This exhibition uses the principle of the archaeological restoration to give to the visitor the essential keys in the understanding of the site.

Exhibition until December 31st, 2014
Crypte archéologique du parvis Notre-Dame
Programmation : Every day (except Monday, August 15th, December 25th) from 10 am. to 6 pm.
Price : entry €7, reduced rate €5
7, place Jean-Paul II (Parvis Notre-Dame)
75004 paris



PARIS 1900 LA VILLE SPECTACLE – The City Entertainment

published on July 31, 2014
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This exhibition, around 600 works and objects, pulls us in Paris of the beginning of the XXth century.

Paris shows its magnificence through its art and its modernity: cinematograp, transport, constructions …

The City Light still shines with one thousand fires everything around the world.
You will discover various views concerned the advent of the cinema, the fashion, the department stores, the Art nouveau; all which contributed to build the image of Paris as the city of the luxury and the leisure activities for all.

The exhibition presents so many works of art, suits, posters, old photos as paintings and sculptures. The big names display throughout six reconstituted detached houses: Rodin, Mucha, Guimard, Méliès, Picasso, fashion designers and fashionable decorators.

A real kaleidoscope of this life dreamed about Paris 1900, about Belle Epoque where technical innovations, art of living, cabarets and dancers of French cancan, affect us in the elegance to the Parisian; all these images cross and collide in the course of this completely sucessful exhibition.

Until the 17th August 2014
Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris






The 30 years of Fondation Cartier for contemporary art – Mémoires Vives

published on July 31, 2014
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In 1984, the CARTIER company created a foundation for the contemporary art located in a Parisian building realized by Jean Nouvel.

The object of this foundation is “to promote and to support the international contemporary artistic creation through activities (funds, new purchases, exhibitions, entertainments, book publishings, catalogs and animations)”.
All the contemporary artistic expressions are represented: paint, sculpture, photography, video …

Except the temporary exhibitions, the permanent gallery includes three hundred artists and more than one thousand works.
For thirty years of the foundation’s creation, numerous events are organized of which the exhibition Mémoires Vives including said evenings “nomads” mixing poetry, music, dance and fashion shows.

The main works supported by the sponsorship of the foundation are presented in this shape of retrospective.

You will also find there a movie redrawing the last thirty years of the contemporary art.
On the occasion of 30 years of Fondation Cartier, discover its exceptional exhibition redrawing its history.

Mémoires Vives - Fondation Cartier
Until the 21st September 2014
261 Boulevard Raspail 75014 Paris


Candido Portinari – War & Peace

published on May 21, 2014
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Candido Portinari, born at Fazenda Santa Rosa in 1903, was one of the most important Brazilian painters of the 20th century.

His work is a critical and engaged view of various aspects of Brazilian life, such as work, childhood, particularities, popular folklore, fauna & flora… illustrated through the social, historical and religious themes he wanted to evoke.Work that is symbolical of Candido Portinari’s ethical, political & aesthetic dreams, plus his trust in human nature.

Visit the Projet Portinari exhibition at the Grand Palais, an exceptional event organised by his son Joao Candido Portinari, who regularly stays as his father, at the Hôtel Aiglon.

A unique opportunity to see the War & Peace panels in France, which have been at the UN’s head office in New York since 1957.

Until 9th June 2014
Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower,
PARIS 75008







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





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



Capture d’écran 2014-04-15 à 10.20.11



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






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