• Musée de la Marine, Arts et Metiers, Paris, diving suit, scaphandre, Carmagnolle
    Museum exhibitions,  Practical Info

    Art of Graphic Novels at Arts et Métiers

    Are you interested in futuristic graphic novels? machines? retro drawings? You may be interested in the graphic novel, “Paris Revoir”. A recent exhibition in Paris uses instruments, models, machines from the Musée des Arts et Métiers that illustrates Paris Revoir. If you are interested in architecture, you may have seen more of these drawings from the novel at the Paris Revoir exhibition in 2014 Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine. Videos Arts et Métiers video trailer: Drawing Machines Machines à dessiner Arts et Métiers long version video: Birth of a poster (Naissance d’un affiche) The Illustrator, François Schuiten and the writer, Benoît Peeters are the creators of “Obscure cities”, an…

  • Salon du Chocolat Junior new addition to the 2016 Paris edition
    Children and Teens,  Events and Trade Shows,  Food, Drink & Health,  Life in Paris & France,  Museum exhibitions

    Salon du Chocolat Junior is New Addition

    On Sunday evening, the opportunity arose to visit the last opening hours of the Salon du Chocolat. The show continues through November 1 in Pavilion 5, Porte de Versailles and is a five-day event that began the 27th of November. My goal this year: See what is happening at the Salon du Chocolat Junior on the main level. For the first time in 2016, the Salon du Chocolat Junior, gives young chocophiles the chance to sign up for pastry classes, Choco-Tours of the salon wearing cooking toques, workshops, visit the beauty boutique with delicious chocolate treatments, enjoy cultural heritage and entertainment activities with African cocoa-producing countries and watch the production…

  • 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…

  • Two-for-one supplement for Tele7Jours TV guide Foire de Paris
    Events and Trade Shows

    Always Something New at Foire de Paris

    For me the Paris Home Show (Foire de Paris until May 8) is like no other. There is always something new to discover. ... This year I discovered something new: My desired desk style fell out of style, the water filter people did not show up, I experience old-fashioned French blasé customer service looking for the chair cream (ahhh! the good ole days!) and the food truck did not have places to sit. Instead, the new discoveries were going with someone instead of alone, learning about the powers of stones, spending more time in the Tropics and World, Madagascar and Asia......

  • 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....

  • image of Alaïa poster Galliera exhibition
    Museum exhibitions

    Galliera Reopens with Alaïa Retrospective

    The Paris fashion design museum Palais Galliera reopened in 2013. After four years of renovations, why not invite Azzedine Alaïa to present the kick-off exhibition. This artist and body sculptor has the honor until January 26, 2014 and not just in the Palais Galliera. The exhibition continues across the avenue du Président Wilson at the Paris Museum of Modern Art (Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris) Salle Matisse.