All current Paris exhibitions
Cité de la Mode et du Design presents more than a hundred photos, including some unseen, from great German photographer Erwin Blumenfeld. The softness of women’s bodies, boldly painted lips and nails, transparent veils shielding the faces of several femmes fatales or silver screen sirens. From Hitchcock to Wenders, here you can step into the magical world that Blumenfeld conveys in his photos. Women, skirts, and veils: experimental fashion The beginning of the 1930s marked when Blumfeld decided to dedicate himself entirely to professional fashion photography after having left the Dada movement. Dadaism allows play with reality, the audacious tone of experience and inventive curiosity, which gives fashion photography an experimental beauty that is daring and intriguing. The superimpressions reinforce women from immobile mannequins to alluring Hydra of Lerna, where the discontinuity of light creates an image of woman’s body that only Cubists could have imagined. Blumenfeld envisages photography as a screen which interposes in between us and reality. A feather-soft revolution With around 170 photos, the exhibition retraces the desire for permanent exploration that animates photography. The first photos or the inspiration of Man Ray was distinctly felt by the experimental colour pioneers, as his work is imprinted with more of a rich variety than a strong sense of coherency. The works are powerfully bold, photography’s crème de la crème. Busts, Greek statues, Italian wi
Where? Musée Picasso, 5 rue Thorighny, Paris 3rd When? March 21, 2016-September 3, 2017 The Musée Picasso’s new exhibition looks at the relationship between the artist and his first wife, Russian dancer Olga Khokhlova (between 1917 and 1935), putting his masterpieces in perspective by highlighting their romantic context. Picasso's first wife and the mother of his first child, Olga met the painter in 1917 while on tour with the Russian Ballet, before marrying him a year later. During the early years of their relationship, Olga was the perfect model - her pensive, almost melancholy poses represented a return to clean, figurative portraiture for Picasso. The suffering portrayed in these paintings was reflective of Olga's personal life. Her family suffered great hardship during the economic and social decline of Russia during the Second World War. Her portrayal takes a change after the birth of the couple's son in 1921, with several scenes depicting a motherly softness. Another change to Picasso's style occurs when the painter meets the 17-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter - the woman that would soon become his mistress. Notably in the painting, Le Grand nu au fauteuil rouge, is a startling sight. The violent disfiguration relflects critical condition of the marriage. The couple separate for good in 1935 but remain legally married until Olga’s death in 1955. Musée Picasso takes us through these happy and sad years, offering a selection of paintings, drawings, written and photo
Galerie de l'Instant's latest photographic installment is dedicated to one of Hollywood's iconic couples: Alain Delon and Romy Schneider. From intimate scenes to the big screen, the photos trace the romance of the cinematic lovers in black and white, as well as colour. Orginially meeting in 1958 and quickly falling into a whirlwind romance before separating in 1964, the actors were reunited in La Piscine, by Jacques Deray in 1969. Complicated, passionate and dizzying, the mystery that surrounded their relationship captivated viewers and became a symbol of French cinema. As beautiful and crazy as Burton and Taylor, there's was a love that fascinated the audience, both on and off screen. Through a collection of mostly well-known (and some unseen) snaps Galerie de l'Instant traces the relationship of this inspiring couple. Find out about all the current exhibitions in Paris here.
A photographer with a keen eye, Eli Lotar has been given full recognition in an exhibition of rare beauty at the Jeu de Paume. Comprising one hundred photos, viewers are taken on a journey through the avant-garde, devilishly modern and surprisingly surreal work of this contemporary photographer, who can be compared to Germaine Krull, Luis Bunuel and Giacometti. A photojournalist for publications like Detective, VU and L’art vivant in the thirties, Lotar’s original prints, as well as press cuttings are on show. This Parisian was a product of his time, of his city and of the men who made it. His realism can also be seen in his cinematographic work, such as his twenty-four minute film about the Parisian ghetto of Aubervilliers. Politically committed, tenacious and dedicated, he lifted the lid on the awful conditions in which the residents lived, with a tender eye. Each photo is heartfelt and shows the talent of this insightful photographer, whose visionary avant-gardism brings to light the lives of the fragile, the poor and the creative. A much-needed retrospective, Jeu de Paume presents Lotar’s work as part of a wider history. Guaranteed to coax you back to the Paris of yesteryear. TRANSLATION: MEGAN CARNEGIE
Where? Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Paris 7th When? March 28-July 23 2017 The Spanish master’s obsession with art from Africa, the Pacific, the Americas and even Asia is hugely prevalent in his work, in the ‘Demoiselles d’Avignon’ particularly. The Quai Branly exhibition sets out to demonstrate Picasso’s artistic relationship with the non-Western world.
Your child – and by this we are referring to a huge age bracket – as whether they are 4 or well into adolescence, they probably still do somersaults in their bedroom re-enacting Batman and ripping down curtains for Superman capes. In order to calm these rather mad antics, why not take them to "The Art of DC - The dawn of Superheroes" at the Ludique Art museum, where the entire team from DC comics is on show Hardcore fans will be pleased to know that they are nearly all there, with particular focus on some favourites. Starting with Superman, from one of the original cartoon covers, we go in chronological order through to action and detective comics. Accompanied throughout by original soundtracks of the DC films and series, one strolls from room to room and therefore universe-to-universe. After Superman, comes Gotham City’s great protector, Batman. By adopting black as his signature colour, it shows that virtue and courage must be practised in the dark. These socio-political insights make this exhibition more than just a simple display of 250 original and beautiful pieces of artwork. Let's not forget the greatly fantasised ‘Bat-Mobile’ and the gallery of super villains from The Joker to The Penguin, or Catwoman and Mr. Freeze. It's easy to become fixated in front of the television listening to the exciting interviews from DC creators such as cartoonist Jim Lee, and the director of the Batman trilogy, Christopher Nolan. The drawback is that Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn, tw
Where? Cinémathèque française, 51 rue de Bercy, Paris 12th When? March 29-July 31 2017 From Hayao Miyazaki to Steven Speilberg, cinema lovers of all ages will have the chance to reminisce on their childhood memories of the big screen through a blend of showings, talks, workshops and interactive tours.
A breakthrough in 1950s New York, via Saint-Germain-des-Prés Buildings lie dormant awaiting daybreak, the silhouette of a sailor waiting to cross the river, the glowing smile of Marilyn Monroe and the nonchalance of Andy Warhol in the back of a limo. These are the images conjured of Elliott Erwitt’s New York which is on exhibit now in the La Hune gallery. In three small rooms, you can rediscover the iconic snaps and get lost in the maze of lively New York streets during the 1950s and 60s. Paris's 18th takes the spotlight Because the artist also strolled in the City of Light, La Hune is teaming up with Magnum to present almost all the famous and essential images that Elliott Erwitt took in Paris. He’s also responsible for the photo of the man jumping over the puddle with the umbrella, with his piercing gaze for the perfect combination of subject and light. On the other side of the Seine, we continue the journey into the myth of image, which has in part contributed in making Paris so desirable to Americans. But we would have liked to discover, alongside these overwhelming photos that have now become city symbols and part of the history of photography, is other less-seen shots. A double exhibition but not on a biggest scale This much-anticipated double exhibition that strived to be bold by having two exhibits on two separate sites across Paris, is consequently disappointing as there’s not enough substance. The photographs of Elliott Erwitt undeniably add value but the
Where? The Pompidou centre, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4th When? June 21-October 23 2017 After celebrating his 80th birthday at the Tate Modern and before continuing on with the party at New York’s MET, the English artist is coming to the Pompidou centre. This will be an important retrospective of his original work, coming nearly 20 years after his first Paris debut at the Pompidou.