Current exhibitions in Paris constitute a wide and eclectic selection, therefore we at the Hotel Castex would like to make your choice easier by telling you a little about four in particular. We think that these exhibitions are inspired, wonderful ideas which deserve to be seen, dealing as they do with enthralling concepts involving art and history. Explore an artistic movement, acquaint yourself with a lesser known but daringly original sculptor, visit the golden age of Paris and be staggered by an art installation that is colossal in scope.
Current exhibitions in Paris: a wide and eclectic selection
From Watteau to Fragonard, A Fascinating Artistic Journey
The Musée Jacquemart-André is renowned for its superb collection of 18th century French paintings. Until July 21st the museum is proudly presenting From Watteau to Fragonard, les Fêtes Galantes. This exhibition charts the course of a school of painting that developed during the French Regency period of 1715 to 1723 and which portrayed bucolic scenes with naturalism, grace, subtlety and charm. The form was initially developed by Jean-Antoine Watteau, who inspired a number of other painters with his vision, including Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Around sixty works drawn from collections worldwide illustrate the theme.
A Retrospective of Jean- Baptiste Carpeaux, Sculptor Supreme
At the Orsay Museum from June 24th until September 28th is the first complete retrospective since 1975 of this often neglected artist. Carpeaux (1827 to 1875) was the son of a mason. He went to Rome to study the work of Michelangelo and Donatello and also developed a taste for Baroque art. His concepts broke away from classical tradition as he began to favour more commonplace subject matter grounded in reality. He went on to create works such as Ugolino and his Sons, The Dance, and Girl With Shell.
Take a Trip Back in Time to Paris 1900
There could be no more appropriate location for the exhibition Paris 1900, The City Of Entertainment than the Petit Palais. This beautiful building was constructed to display a collection of French art during the Universal Exposition of 1900, the event which provides the primary theme of the exhibition. Until August 17th visitors can enjoy the opportunity to absorb the atmosphere and the cultural and technological supremacy which France, and particularly Paris, commanded at that time. Around 600 rare and fascinating artefacts help to tell the tale of the Belle Epoque.
A Monumental Work of Art Awaits You at the Grand Palais
Each year the nave of the Grand Palais plays host to Monumenta. Since 2007 various artists of international repute have been invited to create suitably large scale art installations to occupy this imposing space. This year, until June 22nd, you can be one of the many awe-struck visitors to The Strange City. Created by the Russian born artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, this inspirational urban multimedia construct will fire your imagination and make you ponder the purpose of mankind. Guided tours are available for those who wish to explore the conceptual underpinning more deeply.
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