A day in Paris by Esprit de France #26

Exposition Klimt par Esprit de France

Walking through eastern Paris , in search of list time and new venues.

cimetiere-pere-lachaise-par Esprit de FranceLocated on a hill in eastern Paris, the Père-Lachaise Cemetery is the most visited necropolis in the world. Originally, the land belonged to the order of the Jesuits, and one of them, Father Lachaise, was the confessor of Louis XIV for thirty-four years. However today it is very difficult to know why his name has been identified with this place, especially since Father Lachaise is not even buried here. With more than 5000 trees planted on rugged terrain, it is the most wooded site of the capital, and does not look like the other classical cemeteries with their wide and straight paths. This is a unique place steeped in art, culture and history, an invitation to stroll and dream. Created in 1804, in the Napoleon period, by the architect Brongniart (who also built the Stock Exchange), this exceptional setting was made famous in 1817 by the great pomp surrounding the transport of the coffins of Jean de La Fontaine, Molière and the two legendary lovers of medieval times, Heloise and Abelard. Since then, it shelters the graves of many other famous men and women, often grouped together by affinity: the corner of the writers, that of the musicians, painters, actors or statesmen. Thus, among the musicians, we can find Chopin as well as Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison, the singer of The Doors, whose grave has long attracted an intense pilgrimage. The diversity of personalities echoes that of sculptured monuments. All styles of funerary art can be seen here: neo-Gothic grave stones, Haussmann tombs, antique-style mausoleums,... make for a great stroll through our collective memory.

Then, why not extend our walk through the east of Paris by discovering a new place dedicated to art?

The Atelier des Lumières has just turned an old-steel-works in the 11th district into a new venue. The 32,000 ft sq digital art centre puts on unusual exhibitions based on a principle already successfully tested at Baux de Provence: projecting the works onto 33 ft high walls, combined with all-round 3-D audio effects. Art becomes pure image magnified by the sound which wraps around the spectators offering them unique sensorial experiences. The event opens with an immersive exhibition of Klimt and Hundertwasser’s works to relive the Viennese Art and traditions that emerged in the wake of the Vienna Secession