Tuesday, December 13, 2016

10+ Artsy & Cool Reasons To Visit Paris in the Fall/Winter (& All Year Long)!


©Iwan Baan/Fondation Louis Vuitton
By Jacquelin Carnegie
While great art is on view all year long in Paris, many of the museums open major exhibits in October that stay on view until the end of January or longer. Additionally, a number of fairs and festivals add to Paris' Fall/Winter cultural calendar.
MAJOR MUSEUM EXHIBITS
Here's a sampling of exhibits worth seeing before they close:
Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 Ave du Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne, 16eme; Tel: 01 40 69 96 00; www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr; Metro: Les Sablons 
Current Exhibit (until March 5, 2017): Icônes de l’art Moderne, La Collection Chtouchkine (Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection) - Sergei Shchukin, a Russian textile magnate in the late 1800s, was a visionary collector. He bought paintings by Gauguin, Matisse, Monet, van Gogh, Picasso, etc., before their style was appreciated by the public. These iconic works once hung in Shchukin's palatial Russian home. See them now in Paris!

"Observatory of Light” - An added bonus: French conceptual artist Daniel Buren has covered FLV's Frank Gehry-designed building with stunning colored filters, on view until April 2017.
Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 1eme; Tel: 01 44 77 80 07; www.musee-orangerie.fr/en; Metro: Concorde
Current Exhibit (until 1/30/17): La Peinture Américaine des Années 1930 (American Painting in the 1930’s: The Age of Anxiety) - These iconic images from the Art Institute of Chicago by famous American painters such as Grant Wood (American Gothic), Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, etc. show how the Great Depression affected their artwork along with the lives of ordinary Americans. A beautiful, poignant exhibit.

Grant Wood, American Gothic


Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou, 4eme; Tel: 01 44 78 12 33; www.centrepompidou.fr/en; Metro: Hôtel-de-Ville, Rambuteau
Current Exhibit (until 1/23/17): Magritte: La Trahison des Images (Image Betrayal) - The ultimate exhibit for lovers of the work of Belgian artist René Magritte. It features beloved masterpieces and lesser-known works, drawn from leading public and private collections. A decidedly pleasing and comprehensive collection by one of Modern art's grooviest painters.

Musée National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet
6 place d'Iéna, 16eme; Tel: 01 56 52 53 00; www.guimet.fr; Metro: Iéna
Current Exhibit (until 1/16/17): Jade, des Empereurs à l'Art déco (Jade, from the Emperors to Art Deco) - Go to see the beautiful jade specimens, but stay to explore the rest of the fantastic collection of Asian art and sculptures. The museum, known as Musée Guimet, is just down the street from the Palais de Tokyo & the Musée d'Art Moderne; visit all three!
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
30 Ave Corentin Cariou, Parc de la Vilette, 19eme; Tel: 01 41 57 32 28; http://bit.ly/2dDML6x; Metro: Porte de la Villette
Current Exhibit (until 8/6/17): Quoi de neuf au Moyen Âge? (What's New in the Middle Ages?) - This terrific exhibit, aimed at kids but great for adults as well, shows that the Middle Ages was not just a bleak period of plagues and religious fanaticism. It was also a time of impressive inventions: eyeglasses, the wheelbarrow, spinning wheel, hourglass, compass, etc. Videos and interactive displays bring the Middle Ages--from country peasants to aristocrats--to life.

Petit Palais (http://bit.ly/2bEHgmB) - Current Exhibit (until 1/15/17): Oscar Wilde: L'impertinent absolu (Insolence Incarnate)
Grand Palais (http://bit.ly/2bDy8eZ) - Current Exhibit (until 1/23/17): Mexique, 1900–1950 (Mexican Artists)

FABULOUS ART FAIRS
In October: FIAC (http://bit.ly/1FDd9Ha) - This major fair showcases offerings by top, international galleries such as Applicat-Prazan, Raffaella Cortese, Gladstone Gallery, Lelong, Waddington Custot, Nicolai Wallner, Michael Werner.
YIA (http://bit.ly/2e6ZrDB) - This fair highlights smaller, up-&-coming galleries such as Montoro12 Contemporary Art.

COOL CULTURAL CHOICES
Festival d'automne (www.festival-automne.com)- This annual festival celebrating the arts--dance, theatre, music, film, and visual art--runs from September through December. The events take place in a variety of Paris venues highlighting exceptional work.

Place des héros de Thomas Bernhard, Festival d'automne
European Heritage Days (www.journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr) - On the third weekend in September, historic sites--public monuments and private buildings--offer free admission. This is a unique chance to visit some of Paris' most prestigious places.
Nuit Blanche (quefaire.paris.fr/nuitblanche) - The first Saturday in October, this cultural all-nighter showcases installations and performance art, in both popular and offbeat venues, that continue until the crack of dawn.
La Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre (www.fetedesvendangesdemontmartre.com) - Montmartre’s vineyards date from 390 B.C. Every year, during the first week of October, Montmartre’s Wine Harvest Festival is celebrated throughout the neighborhood with a parade, wine-tasting booths, food stalls, music, dancing in the streets, and fireworks. It’s a fun time to plan a trip to Paris. 

Portes Ouvertes (http://bit.ly/1EPEeGl) - While most Portes Ouvertes (Artists Open Studios) take place in the spring, a few are in the Fall/Winter: Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers de Ménilmontant (www.ateliersdemenilmontant.org, Sept); Les Ateliers d'Artistes du Père Lachaise (www.apla.fr/blog, Dec).
Where To Stay: Lots of choices http://bit.ly/17XRTrg
Getting There: Norwegian Air (norwegian.com) - Norwegian is a low-cost carrier that has recently launched new routes to Paris with great fares from New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), & Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL). Coach is quite comfy, so no need to pay extra for Premium. However, it's worth getting the package (about $45): Seat, Luggage, Meal--which can be pre-ordered online. And, since the airline is rapidly expanding--adding routes to the Caribbean and other European destinations from the US--you'll have lots of ways to use your Norwegian Air Reward CashPoints.

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