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 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.
The art of the non finito was well understood by the Romantic painters! Their sketches are more than just simple preparations: they have a true oneiric dimension. Discover the subtle art of sketching at the heart of romantic Paris, during your stay at the Hotel Opéra Cadet. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique from September 17, 2013 to February 2, 2014.
« More life, less forms ». That is how Diderot defined sketching. Using these guidelines, the Romantic painters made an impact with their preparatory work presenting their vision like revealers of life, movement and lights, even before their « real » paintings.
Work in motion. You’ll realize this along the one hundred odd paintings signed by Delacroix, Cogniet, and Scheffer. The latter lived on the site of the museum today, which makes it even more attractive. How these preparatory projects represent the work in motion is the question running through all minds.http://www.paris.fr/pratique/musees-expos/musee-de-la-vie-romantique/esquisses-peintes-de-l-epoque-romantique-delacroix-cogniet-scheffer/rub_5851_actu_132494_port_24533
To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Art Nouveau in Paris, the Pinacothèque of Paris organises a large retrospective of this art which was the Parisian favourite from 1890 to 1905, before becoming Art Deco. Until September 8, 2013, rediscover this erotic and so Parisian art the Art Nouveau was.
They were called Gallé, Majorelle, Gaudí, Guimard, Lalique, Grasset or Bugatti. They were the famous names of Art Nouveau in Paris. They wanted to liberate themselves from classicism and explore new undulating and erotic forms.
Abundant and inspired by nature and women, Art Nouveau can be found in all kinds of places and imaginations; From the metro entrance to desk lamps, from bracelets to Parisian buildings… Let’s celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Art Nouveau in Paris this summer along more than two hundred beautiful objects! http://www.pinacotheque.com/?id=48
Keith Haring (1958-1990) rings a bell to you? With Warhol, Basquiat, Lichtenstein and a few others, he has transformed the pop art! As an arty icon, he has become one of the heroes and militants of modern art since he passed away. Paris pays tribute to him with two beautiful exhibitions until August 18.
First of all, to be almost within reach of the militant and creative dimensions of his work, you’d need to go to the « Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris » this summer. Along the 250 odd works, you’ll be hit by the abundance and plurality of the surfaces and the used methods!
The 10 commandments of Haring in Paris! Also, at the Centquatre, you’ll find the most famous works by Haring, like the legendary 10 Commandments. Meaning: the 10 works signed by the artist and all measuring over 7 metres height!
He was the one who invented 3D! Giotto di Bondone (c. 1267-1337) is a true revolutionary around 1290 when he introduces convergence lines, and organises perspective as well as shades in his compositions. Do not miss the beautiful exhibition that the Musée du Louvre dedicated to this important figure of the Italian Quattrocento. Until July 15.
Shades, convergence lines, a perspective… It didn’t need much to invent 3D! For us, that seems basic, but before Giotto, this was unknown. Dante, Petrarch, Boccacio, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; they all praised Giotto’s virtues!
Sensitive painting. For his formal inventions, of course, but also for his sensitiveness as a painter in front of bodies and landscapes. Seeing the thirty odd paintings, drawings, illuminations and sculptures, you’ll be surprised by the life that passes through his work as well as by his work as such! http://www.louvre.fr/expositions/giotto-e-compagni
Until July 6, visit a free, giddy and charming exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville of Paris! « Paris Haute couture » invites you to discover Parisian fashion and its history, most original creations and famous names. So Parisian! Fashion in short!
Paris has not always been the fashion city we know. Yet, it is a tradition that goes back to 1858! At that time, the capital’s first fashion house opens its doors. At the Hôtel de Ville de Paris, you’ll learn about the great story as well as the thousands of adventures of the fashion city of Paris!
Models and stories. During the 20th century, it all went very fast, and from Chanel to Balenciaga, from Courrèges to Dior, Lanvin or Yves Saint Laurent, the high fashion houses kept on multiplying until now. With over one hundred models.
No, Valentine’s Day is over! But Paris remains the city of love all year round, with a wide range of activities and events to experience as a couple. Like for instance the « Cinéma Paradiso » event, inviting you to watch cult movies in the nave of the Grand Palais until June 21, 2013.
No! You will not find a big exhibition in the nave of the Grand Palais this time, but an army of… Fiat 500s and sunbeds leaning against a gentle slope and facing a widescreen. From June 10 to 21, discover the pleasures of this giant Drive-In and find a fascinating billing of cult movies!
Cinema, games, dances. At the heart of this unique site of the Parisian heritage, you might be watching Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, Grease, Taxi Driver or Annie Hall. And if you feel like dancing, having a meal or playing a bowling or video game, come to one of the designated areas of the Grand Palais! http://www.mk2cinemaparadiso.com/