Museum exhibitions

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

  • Entrance poster for Napoléon et Paris
    Museum exhibitions

    Paris: The City that Napoleon Built

    Napoléon and Paris: Dreams of a Capital until August 30 at Musée Carnavalet. In Paris, Napoleon, the Emperor/General/Adminstrator/Clarivoyant, is everywhere: Pont des Arts, the Vendôme column, the Stock Exchange, the Châtelet Fountain, La Madeleine; other bridges (Austerlitz and Cité), canals, fountains, markets, slaughterhouses (abattoirs) and cemeteries, or drinkable fresh water in Paris, think Napoleon.

  • Jeanne Lanvin exhibition poster along rue Saint-Sabin
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    Jeanne Lanvin – First Paris Retrospective

    Visit the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition at Palais Galliera in person (until August 23) or virtually (download the App). Lanvin is the oldest French fashion house still in business. This exhibit is displaying over one hundred examples of dresses, hats, belts, coats, drawings,

  • Lady walking in front of the poster for Viollet le Duc exhibit at Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
    History,  Museum exhibitions

    Exhibit: Viollet-le-Duc, Visions of an Architect

    Viollet-le-Duc renovated the crumbling walls and put his imprint on about one hundred French monuments, including Vézelay, Pierrefonds, Notre-Dame de Paris, Carcassonne, Saint-Sernin. At la Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine until March 9, 2015, all of the signage and labels are in French and English. An opportunity for the public to see for the first time a considerable quantity of newly acquired graphic drawings and writing and relate to the public the various facets of this temperamental artist. This retrospective exhibit celebrates the two hundredth anniversary of his birth.

  • Garry Winogrand, Jeu de Paume exhibit, catalog cover, English version
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    Garry Winogrand – Jeu de Paume – Retrospective

    The Jeu de Paume is host to the first retrospective in twenty-five years of the American photographer, Garry Winogrand (1928-1984). Winogrand is considered in the same league as the American photographers: Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander. Winogrand captured a moment in life similar to French photographers, Robert Doisneau, Marc Riboud and Willy Ronis. From the exhibit, I gathered that he admired most the works of Eugène Atget, Brassaï, Walker Evans and Diane Arbus.

  • Life in Paris & France,  Museum exhibitions,  Photography-Art

    Animal, Insect Menageries and Blooms-Jardin des Plantes

    It's time to celebrate the two hundred and twenty years of the Paris historical zoo at the National Museum of Natural History's (Muséum national d'histoire naturelle) in the Jardin des Plantes. An exhibit opened at the Cabinet d'Histoire for celebrated animals (Animaux célèbres de la Ménagerie) who lived in the historical menagerie from 1794 to today. The showcases are filled with mementos from those early days: postcards, illustrations, souvenir plates, books, illustrations, models, and other paraphernalia from the past. Many of the animals referred to are now found in the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution.

  • La Parisienne, over the entryway to the exposition universelle 1900
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    Paris 1900 Exhibit at Petit Palais

    Paris 1900, the City of Entertainment (La ville spectacle) is open until August 17, 2014 at the Petit Palais. In 2013, the most visited Paris monument was Notre-Dame de Paris with over thirteen million visitors. About 27 million people visit Paris annually. The Exposition universelle de 1900 had fifty-one million visitors. When visiting Paris, what fascinates the visitor?

  • Poster for Superheroes-The art of Alex Ross until June 15, 2014 at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Cullture
    Museum exhibitions

    Superheroes™: The Art of Alex Ross-Mona Bismarck

    I was fascinated by the Alex Ross exhibit at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture. The exhibit concentrates on two things: the development from an early age of the photorealist, Alex Ross, and it provides a basic chronology of comic books. The genre is too broad to include in only one exhibit. It does follow the various ages that the comic book has survived through. I say survive because of the changes wrought by the Comics Code Authority influenced by the 1954 publication of “Seduction of the Innocent”. If you are in the area of Trocadéro and a comic book fan, the exhibit is worth the stop.…