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!
The pioneer of the Impressionism Eugène Boudin had his fans, and not the least! « I owe it all to Boudin » Monet would have said. And Corot would have called him « the king of skies ». In short, the Musée Jacquemart André was right in organising this exhibition as a tribute! To be discovered in Paris until July 22, during your stay at the Opéra Cadet.
« Three strokes of the brush in front of nature are worth more than two days of work at the easel » he said. This indisputable master of the sea and of his tormented landscapes will take you along a journey from Honfleur to Venice, with over sixty paintings, watercolours and drawings.
Focussing on plein air painting, and looking for all that is momentary, Boudin is a master of light who will enchant you during the entire spring and until the heart of the summer in Paris! When inventing the beach scene in 1862, he completely focuses on the sea and prides himself to "series", allowing him to reach the threshold of pure painting.
From theatre to fashion, from music to cinema, from painting to opera, from photography to literature, the Thousand and One Nights have inspired the West and allowed it to discover the amazing tales of Sheherazade. As a tribute to them, the Arab World Institute invites you until May 28 to a major exhibition around this universal myth of the East!
The pitch: to escape from death, the Grand Vizier’s daughter tells Sultan tall stories. Thanks to her rich imagination and embedded stories, she escaped from the scheduled tortures, offering us one of the most beautiful showcases of the world literature.
The characters: Sheherazade, Sindbad and Aladin can be found along the three hundred odd works. The Arab World Institute offers to meet them in their representations but also to follow the genesis of this major work of the world literature. During your stay in Paris, you are welcomed to an endless world of dreams, illusions and fantasies!http://www.imarabe.org/exposition/a-la-une
With its daring architecture along the Seine, the Cité de la Mode et du Design museum is a standing site of French fashion. In Paris, it’s a unique centre that features and displays creations, fashion and design. Until May 19, don’t miss the exceptional exhibition « Model, body of fashion ».
Next to the Gare d’Austerlitz, the Cité de la Mode reveals the fascinating « body of fashion ». Sorry, what? It’s the story about modelling, which, in one century, progressed from the status of an inanimate object to that of an icon. With over 120 photos, this is where you’ll discover the wide range of the Parisian fashion, between design and business.
Photos, mannequins, standards. Mainly signed by Horst P. Horst, Helmut Newton, Nick Knight, as well as Juergen Teller, these worldwide known photos of models act in harmony with objects like dressmakers’ dummies, mannequins... Fatal seductions, beauty artifices and standards! http://www.paris-docks-en-seine.fr/
The darkest exhibition of Paris can be found at the Musée d’Orsay until June 9, 2013! Rush to visit « The Angel of the Odd » and discover the « Dark Romanticism » that inspired all of Europe during the 19th century! An exhibition about the comeback of the eerie oddness after the Age of Enlightenment.
Goya announced to his century that madness, darkness and oddness had not disappeared from the continent. Despite the Enlightenment, despite the reason. Then, it was up to the entire 19th century to proclaim it with the comeback of a world of grim, terror and fear. Dark Romanticism then set the style on all types of art expressions.
From Goya (1746-1828) to Max Ernst (1891-1976).. From architecture to painting, from literature to etching and later on cinema… Along the more than 200 exceptional works covering paintings, graphic arts, sculptures and cinematic works, the Musée d’Orsay invites you to meet with the Angel of the Odd and the Dark Romanticism.
No, one swallow does not make a Spring, but starting from March 21, the signs of nice weather will increase in Paris. Between the sunshine and the gaps in the clouds, enjoy strolling around the 400 odd Parisian parks and squares. An exploration with the Hotel Opéra Cadet.
Maybe you should start with the Tuileries, a few minutes walking from your hotel, the Opéra Cadet. Here, between statues and fountains, basins and French gardens, you can discover the spring charm of this inevitable park, snuggled up against the Musée du Louvre.
Green and sunny Paris! Then, you could invite yourself to the jardins du Luxembourg! This is where you’ll find shady alleyways, welcoming chairs for some sunbathing opposite the water-jets and the pleasure of spending time with your family at the play equipments for children, the pony rides, or during a fierce chess game…Yes, Paris during springtime is a true delight!
The parallel is surprising, but particularly expressive! When exhibiting works of Van Gogh next to those of the great Japanese master Utigawa Hiroshige, you’ll find a similar artistic quest. Confusing, no? This original comparison is highlighted at the Pinacothèque de Paris until March 17, 2013. Don’t miss the last few days of this original exhibition in Paris!
Yes, Van Gogh was schizophrenic, but that never stopped him in his search for peace and serenity in his paintings. On the contrary, this has most likely pushed him to be interested in the sense of solidity of his composition. In particular by inspiring himself with the studies of the famous master of Edo: Hiroshige.
Perspectives. That’s what remarkably proves the original exhibition of the Pinacothèque de Paris. Little known in France, Hiroshige will surprise you by his witnesses of the Japanese culture while Van Gogh will reveal himself to you in all the profoundness of his artistic inspiration referring to the Land of the Rising Sun!
You probably know the Arab World Institute of Paris, but were you aware that the Musée du Louvre had opened an entirely new Department of Islamic Art to the public? About 3 000 artworks covering a millennium of history are awaiting your visit near the Hotel Opéra Cadet! So, don’t hesitate.
From the Hotel Opéra Cadet, in about fifteen minutes, you’ll find yourself in one of the biggest museums of the world: The Louvre! Inside, you’ll find the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, but also many other history and art treasures! Sarcophaguses, Greek and Roman statues… and a Department of Islamic Art you cannot miss!
From the Maghreb to the Mughal Empire: objects straight from the Thousand and One Nights, from the 7th century to the beginning of the 19th century …From the architectural items to the textiles and the carpets, from the furniture to the precious objects, you’ll plunge into all the dimensions of a fascination civilisation!
With his incredible moustaches and unique imagination, Dali combined a theatrical manner with flashes of genius. Dali was a provocateur par excellence who never showed any signs of remorse or regret. To celebrate the eccentric Spanish artist, the Georges Pompidou contemporary arts centre is presenting a retrospective of his work. Surreal!
On until 25 March: don’t miss one of Paris's craziest exhibitions! With the genius of Dali at the Pompidou Centre, Paris renews its association with the masters of surrealism. Always controversial, Dali is nonetheless an important figure in the history of modern art. This exhibition presents more than two hundred of his works, including paintings, sculptures and drawings.
Dali Happening. Among the most famous pieces are: The Persistence of Memory (soft watches), 1931, the Great Masturbator, 1929, and the Endless Enigma, 1938. The exhibition also offers a rare opportunity to see other lesser known products of Dali's imagination, including dozens of works on paper, objects, theatre and cinema projects, films, photographs and excerpts from television shows… Dalissimo!
When you’re staying at the hotel Opéra Cadet, it is like no other stay in Paris! That’s because, a few steps from the Opéra Garnier, you’re also situated near a great number of theatres and auditoriums. To reserve a last minute night out and buy your tickets half-price: follow the guide!
For your business and pleasure trips or for your get-away in Paris, the district of the Opéra Cadet is ideal to tour around in Paris. Exploring it is very easy by foot or by public transport! Chic and busy during the day, the district becomes bohemian and artistic by the end of the day and for the rest of the night.
Chic and bohemian outings. Between the Opéra and the Comédie Française, on the main boulevards as in the historic little streets around the Palais Royal, you’ll find theatres, music cellars, auditoriums... For last minute half-price tickets for a large choice of Parisian entertainment, be smart: use the online services of the « Kiosque Théâtre »: http://www.kiosquetheatre.com/