Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Spring Parisian Culture Scene

The Spring 2015 Parisian cultural scene looks very exciting. Besides visiting the permanent collections of Musee du Louvre, Orsay and other cultural venues, here is a selection of temporary exhibits from Velasquez to Jeff Koons.  If you are in Paris for a short time, plan to book your tickets well in advance to ensure your entry and avoid queuing.

An exhibition retracing the evolution of Velasquez, the 16th century Spanish Golden Age court painter takes place at the Grand Palais from March 25 to July 13.  It retraces the development of the Baroque artist, its mastering of light and shadow (chiaroscuro), its works on  perspective and its skill in excecuting landscapes, still-lifes and portraits. His works can be viewed alongside other masters who had an influence on his works like Caravaggio, Titian and Rubens.  An exhibition not to be missed!

Roberto Longhi was an important art historian of the 20th century who was instrumental in the rediscovery of Caravaggio as well as other great primitives like Giotto, Masaccio and Piero della Francesca. The Jacquemart Andre museum offers an exhibit showcasing the artworks from  the Roberto Longhi’s Fondation and other masterpieces on loan from Italian museums such as Uffizi, Galleria dell Academia Vatican and Palatine Gallery. From Giotto to Caravaggio-  March 27 to July 21,  2015.

The Pinacotheque in Paris focuses on the brand of Art Nouveau that developed in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century, a style also known as Wien Secession.  The exhibition, In the Time of Klimt, The Vienna Secession  retraces the movement from its early development until the early years of Expressionism . Over 180 works loaned from the collections of the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, as well as from private collections are presented, notably works by Gustav Klimt, from his first years of studying until the major works of his golden age, like Judith  (1901) , and works by Carl Moll, Josepf Hoffman and Egon Schiele. From February 12  to   June 21.

Pompidou Center offers a retrospective of contemporary American artist Jeff Koons.  Partnering with  the Whitney Museum of American Art, this is the first time in Europe that a major review of the  works of  the controversial artist are presented  spanning a 35 year career.   Some 150 works of the artists are on display from inflatable toys to balloon dog and rabbit and a life-size porcelain sculpture of Michael Jackson and Bubbles(1988) .  This exhibition is a  blockbuster  as witnessed by the crowds pressing to visit it.  Hurry to visit as the exhibition ends on April 27.

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