Museum exhibitions

Present and past exhibits that have historical value and lingering interest for a Paris visitor

  • gif Poster for Musée des Arts Forains English speaking tours Monday and Thursday Pavillons de Bercy, Paris
    Museum exhibitions,  Seeing Paris

    Musée Arts Forains Tours in English

    As the poster says, this is "an entertaining museum off the beaten path in Paris!" The Musée des Arts Forains (Museum of Fairground Art and carnival rides) is a large collection of entertainment and fairground art objects. English tours are planned for Monday and Thursday: July 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 and 28; August 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 and 25 (reservations required). Tours at other times are in French. The visit is a real family fun moment. I highly recommend seeing this completely different museum in another beautiful neighborhood in our Ville Lumière......

  • Poster for Carambolages, Carambolages RMN Grand Palais, Paris
    Museum exhibitions

    Last Days of Carambolages-Grand Palais

    Colleen’s Take Away: This style of museum visit could be the future: Necessity to look at each object because each is related to the previous and to the next; Listening to sounds or music on your smartphone to set the tone. The exhibit poster gives no indication of what to expect. In the end, the exhibit is the unexpected. I recommend the exhibit “Carambolages” if you have time before it ends July 4. Colleen’s Tip: Best visited using the app. Download the app (Apple and Android) and its three parts either in advance or at the Grand Palais: Parcours sonore (sound), which I used throughout, Oeuvres galerie basse (art works…

  • Grefflhe Galliera image
    History,  Museum exhibitions

    Inspiring Comtesse Greffulhe at Galliera

    The Comtesse Greffulhe did not follow fashion, she dictated fashion for all in Paris society to follow. She inspired Marcel Proust and fashion designers. Until March 20, 2016, Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode, is displaying Comtesse Greffulhe's wardrobe collection "La Mode retrouvée" (Finding lost fashion). The collection moves to New York's Museum at FIT in September 2016 under the title "Proust's Muse". As with most women who are "clothes horses" ....

  • Poster for Aiguille en fete the needlework trade show with studios
    Events and Trade Shows,  Life in Paris & France,  Museum exhibitions

    Needlework Fair (Aiguille en Fête) February

    It’s that time again for speed knitting, home spun yarn, lace, all sorts of needle craft, buttons, ribbons, patchwork, fabric, needles, hooks, threads, and sewing machines at Aiguille en Fête, February 4-7, 2016. This is the annual needlework trade show with studios, workshops and lots of color! Porte de Versailles, Paris and 250 exhibitors from around the world (list in the Aiguille en Fête catalog page). Special exhibition 2016 is Tréors Mayas (Mayan Treasures), a tradition of needlework for three thousand years. The trade show has an agenda of special needlework events and exhibitions. For you speed knitters, the 2015 results are documented. Catherine Bouënard has held the winning tricot…

  • Beauford Delaney exhibition in Paris - groupings of some of his works. Exhibit in 2016 Wells International Foundation
    History,  Museum exhibitions

    Artist, Beauford Delaney Exhibit in Paris

    The works of Beauford Delaney, a figurative, abstract expressionist, i.e., modernist painter, are being shown in the first solo exhibition since 1992. The exhibit, Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color, opens February 3 with a Vernissage in Paris in the Grande Salle at Columbia Global Centers Europe at Reid Hall (Columbia University’s Paris facility), 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris, Metro: Vavin line 4. Any questions or want an invitation to the vernissage......

  • 2 posters for Qui a Peur des femmes photographes and Splendeurs et Misères
    Museum exhibitions,  Museums,  Photography-Art

    A Century of Working Women-3 Paris Exhibits

    Constrained by social norms or cultural tradition, women working outside the home in the mid to late 1800s walked a fine line when wanting to earn a living. Three Paris exhibitions follow the working life of women for almost a century from 1839 to 1945. All three are exploring subjects assembled for the first time. "Qui a peur des femmes photographes" (until January 24, 2016) is the first gender-based exhibition in France and "Splendeurs et Misères, Images de la prostitution 1850-1910" (until January 17, 2016) "Splendeurs..." is the first time a museum is dedicating an entire exhibition to prostitution. Within this article you will find a synopsis of the three…

  • Maternal Tenderness (1786) Salon 1787 one of three paintings shown at the salon exulting the joys of motherhood, reflecting the new spirit of the time, fashionable to express sentimentalism.
    Events and Trade Shows,  Museum exhibitions

    Vigée Le Brun Retrospective at Grand Palais

    “Only in painting have I found happiness” ... Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. This is the first French retrospective for this portraitist. One hundred fifty-nine works are on view until January 11, 2016 at the Grand Palais. You will be mesmerized by the moist, glinting eyes that look at you. One of the best times to visit avoiding lines and crowds is Friday around 5:30 pm. In her portraits, I see an artist who painted impressionism, fashion, motherly tenderness and narrative art. Although not the first to paint teeth showing or expressive eyes, Madame Le Brun did have an expressive talent for naturalness. For her education....

  • Willie's Cacao Salon du Chocolat 2015
    Events and Trade Shows,  Food, Drink & Health,  Museum exhibitions

    Global Chocolate at Paris Salon du Chocolat

    On opening day, I entered the Salon du Chocolat while the afternoon sun was shining. The colorful packaging struck my eyes brightly! Entering the trade show on the second level, I was swept up globally and landed in Brazil. After doing a tasting I bought three squares of various Brazilian chocolates from Mendoá: café, ginger and 80% with cocoa feves with in my first ten minutes on site. I had to watch that my cravings did not get near my purse... My taste buds were set to seek out the unusual in this year's Salon du Chocolat. By the time I left this vast array of packaging three hours later,…

  • Life in Paris & France,  Museum exhibitions

    Pierre Cardin’s Permanent Paris Museum

    Pierre Cardin goes to his studio everyday, continues working with his stylists and leaves a notebook next to his bed to make notes and drawings.... In 2014 the fashion designer told his closest assistant and former apprentice, Renée Taponier, that just in case no one pays homage to his legacy of work after he passes on, he might as well do it himself. He opened a museum on rue Saint Merri. What a collection! This visit opened a new world for me about someone who I thought just designed men's suits and the Beatles collarless jackets. Ingenuity and a view to the future with no pang of nostalgia are alive…