It is said he brought the « power of the imagination to Europe ». Mainly thanks to his illustrations… Gustave Doré has illuminated a big part of the 19th century with black, verve and humour! Discover the « Doré » way of life thanks to the beautiful exhibition the Musée d'Orsay dedicated to him until June 5.
It is true that the Musée d'Orsay is a cult place for all those who love 19th century art in Paris. The former train station revisited as a museum was the ideal place to present this big exhibition about Gustave Doré (1832-1883), mainly celebrated for his incredible etchings of the works of Dante, Rabelais, Hugo or Balzac.
Original or imaginary. This time, in stead of just stopping at the illustrations that may have made the French artist famous, the exhibition meticulously reveals all the other sides of his work and his talents. From drawing to painting, from watercolour to sculpture. Often original or imaginary, the inspiration of Doré is expressed in all ranges of emotion!
On all continents, Paris represents the city of love. That is probably why you have chosen to stay at the Opéra Cadet with your Valentine, around February 14. Well done to you! The hotel’s location is ideal: it invites you to explore Paris holding hands and… rise above:
You can start your romantic exploration by climbing the Montmartre hill. About twenty minutes walking from the hotel, take the cable-car to discover the steep alleyways up there and enjoy a unique view on the French capital from the Sacré-Cœur.
Paris from above! Then, back down towards the Opéra Cadet, why should you not stop at the department stores, just a few steps away? Go to Printemps Haussmann for a tea in the panoramic cafeteria "Déli-cieux", at the top floor with terrace…Then continue to the Champs-Elysées, where you can have one of the most beautiful views of the capital… from the Arc de Triomphe, Paris is shown in 360°!
Discover or rediscover one of the greatest French photographers at the start of this New Year: Raymond Depardon is exhibited at the Grand Palais until February 10, 2014. The Opéra Cadet team recommends you to visit this exhibition, entitled « A sweet moment », during your stay at the hotel.
Of course Depardon is a photographer! And what kind of a photographer! But he is also a journalist or an artist with the attitude of an anthropologist. It has been over fifty years now that he has been offering us an incomparable view on our modern world. This time, the exhibition highlights his various journeys all over the world.
From January 8 to February 11, the fashion fever takes over Paris with the winter sales. So book your stay at the Opéra Cadet, ideally situated in Paris, and visit the chic and cult places as well as the addresses nearby, allowing you to be efficient in your search for good deals. Here’s some advice:
Start with the cult places! To get plenty of good deals, without forgetting the Parisian chic, start your exploration of the sales in Paris… by taking the escalators. The ones of the famous department stores and fashion places around the Gare Saint-Lazare, close to the Opéra-Cadet.
Heart of sales. Then, go for a fashion meeting at the ‘passage du Havre’. Here, forty odd boutiques and stores await you under an elegant glass roof. Make a stop on the traditional Champs-Elysées as well as the avenue Montaigne before visiting the avenue d’Opéra to get some good deals in the carrousel of the Louvre!
Christmas in Paris is one of the most beautiful life-size that exists. If you have the opportunity to stay at the Hotel Opéra Cadet for the holiday season, at the heart of the city of light, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to outings and fairies. Paris at Christmas time, what a show!
First, there will be the magic of Christmas lights. Then, the charming bohemian Christmas markets with stalls on the Champs-Elysées, on the square of La Défense, next to the Gare de l’Est and the Gare Montparnasse! Further on you’ll be delighted by the Big Wheel on the Place de la Concorde…
Christmas fairies. You’ll also love the Village d’Auteuil: this year, the incredible « Fairy » show unites two hectares of nativity scenes from around the world, a Christmas market, a flea market, exhibitions, concerts, carousels, fanfares… And not to forget the outdoor ice rinks of the City Hall or Montparnasse, the shop windows of the department stores...
As the wild animal and then great master of Cubism, Georges Braque is part of the pantheon of the French artistic avant-garde of the 20th century. This fall, the Grand Palais in Paris offers us a retrospective honouring the artist’s work! If you’re staying at the Hotel Opéra Cadet between now and January 6, we warmly recommend you this exhibition!
The work of Braque had not been the subject of such a retrospective since 1973! You’ll understand why the exhibition is a great success! All the more knowing that Braque continues to fascinate the public. As a man of the 19th century -: he was born in 1882, the artist passionately adopted the 20th century!
Key moments and abounding work. His companionships with Picasso and Picabia show us an inventive Cubism and an interest for every day nature, tribal arts and collages. After the two World Wars, Braque takes a turn towards a certain mythological or metaphoric lyricism, based on the search for freedom.
The last time you stayed at the Opéra-Cadet, you just had to slide along the Avenue de l’Opéra to get to the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay or the Grand Palais - the hotel is extremely well situated. But this time, you feel like a more intimate atmosphere in Paris. Our advice: visit the small museums that are often very endearing and… free.
No. Their masterpieces are not less rare than the ones of the famous museums! Besides the hidden treasures of these small museums in Paris, they offer a big advantage: they are often free! So you may as well visit them!
Make up your programme between these free small museums full of masterpieces: explore the history of Paris at the Musée Carnavalet, the 18th century art at the Musée Cognac Jay; the Hugolian atmosphere at the house of Hugo, the Balzacian one at house of Balzac, the Asian setting of the Musée Cernuschi, the artistic atmosphere of Le Petit Palais, the romantic life at the Musée de la Vie Romantique...
We all know the feminine nudes in western art. But do you know the nude men of the famous museums? The Musée d’Orsay has addressed the gender issue and invites you to think about « The nude man in art from 1800 to the present day ». An iconoclast exhibition to visit in Paris from September 24, 2013 to January 2, 2014.
Long before the calendars of the « gods of football », male nudity was studied at the school of fine arts and was part of the academic schooling from the 17th to the 19th century. The Musée d’Orsay, bringing together their own and public collections, explores this rich art history.
Art, nudes, interpretations. Over two centuries of creation including painting, sculpture, graphic art and of course photography give us the opportunity to see not just a rich heritage. They also allow us to take various interpretation trails from philosophy to sociology, from anthropology to art history…
Thanks to the beautiful exhibition the Musée de l’Orangerie dedicates to the painters Frida Kalho (1907-1954) and Diego Riviera (1886-1957), the Parisian fall invites you to enjoy an end of autumn inspired by the passionate Mexico! During your stay at the Opéra Cadet, don’t miss this vibrating tribute to art, love and the love for art. To be visited from October 9 to January 13, 2014.
They were described as two fearsome lovers. Despite it all, they remained no less complementary. In life as on the art scene. The retrospective of the Musée de l’Orangerie proves it and brilliantly illustrates this common love for Mexico and art.
Inspiration: Mexico. The treated themes such as Mexican religion and mysticism, the circles of life, the revolutions but also the social relationships, put us each in front of warm, luminous or captivating paintings, which are always carried by a creating breath!
His sculptures are excessive. Excessively alive and expressive. Excessively real as well. He had great success with his work in 2005; he does us the honour of coming back to Paris until October 27, with new sculptures. Ron Mueck is at the Cartier foundation and the team of the Opéra Cadet heartily recommends the exhibition!
Indeed, the works of Ron Mueck are sculptures. They are taller or smaller than reality and that’s how you know. But if you forget about scale, the characters are troubling real. So troubling they could easily make you forget about reality…
Mueck hyperrealist. You wonder about all these characters, all these bodies. They are so very moving and captivating that you could invent them a history, a life story, almost a soul. And when the comments are done by moviemaker David Lynch, eccentricity is naturally present.