What’s on in Paris this May?
19 April 2016
Attend Outstanding Exhibitions at the Louis Vuitton Fondation & Musée Marmottan Monet During a Spring Stay
This May, “fais ce qu’il te plait”, “do as you please”, as say the French. As one of the best months to spend in Paris, May welcomes sun, singing birds and a bunch of outstanding events in some of the most beautiful venues in the French capital. Think an array of Chinese exhibitions under the awe-inspiring glass structure of the Louis Vuitton Fondation, while artworks by the likes of Cézanne and Matisse show the evolution of the status of children in society at Musée Marmottan Monet. Get ready to learn, explore and experience a true cultural, à la française trip.
A selection of Chinese works
Until 29th August
With its vast, sail-shaped glass structure, the Louis Vuitton Fondation overlooks the Bois de Boulogne and brings a contemporary edge to the Parisian woods. Behind the venue’s clear walls, a large collection has been set up for visitors to discover artworks from China.
Walk along the Fondation’s corridors to learn more about 12 artists of different generations who live in China. See how they use diverse medium and gain inspiration from both the traditions and culture of their country to create extensive artworks. Climb the stairs to the second floor and admire Ai Weiwei’s contemporary tree sculptures and how they harmoniously blend with Zhang Huan’s 6 ft tall, copper Buddha head and Huang Yong Ping’s steel structure representing Buddhism’s sage’s many arms…
All of these practitioners aim to expose the complexity of a permanently evolving society, its current state of economy, ecology and how the city cohabits with the countryside. A true immersion inside China and what the nation is facing in the modern era, the exhibitions presented at the Louis Vuitton Foundation will certainly catch the attention of visitors – as well as their imagination…
L’Art et l’Enfant
Until 3rd July
Located in the very chic 16th arrondissement, Musée Marmottan Monet boasts a typical Haussmannian façade that tourists may well fall in love with. Imagine a vast private mansion overlooking the Jardins du Ranelagh, where visitors can go for a sunny walk after the visit…
When entering the 200-year-old building, you’ll be as stunned by its interiors as by the artworks it’s presenting. The gold-plated ceilings, crossed wooden floors and period furniture will make you feel as though you’ve travelled back in time. Until the 3rd of July, Musée Marmottan Monet will be showing 100 paintings created by art masters such as Cézanne, Manet and Picasso. Each piece will highlight the status of children throughout history. From infant king to educated child, from the streets to the French revolution, the position of children in society and within the family hierarchy has evolved in line with changes in France. Admire the soft lines applied by the talented painters to represent toddlers and learn more about the country’s way of life through the centuries…
Travel through time and over continents by attending these two outstanding events, which gather some of the most famous pieces in classical and modern art… and feel as awe-inspired by the beauty of the creations as by the architecture of the venues they’re presented in…
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