Contemporary Creation in All Its Forms
Paris has more than 130 museums. Even without counting festivals, galleries and other current events, visitors have a wide range of choices when it comes to cultural options. Here is a selection of our current favorites in contemporary art.
The Parisian Itinerary
You can't mention contemporary art without mentioning the Palais de Tokyo. Since 2002, this unique place has been setting the standard in terms of creativity. Hurry there to discover the new shows of the summer. Then, take the 72 bus route towards the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and get off at the Louvre, where the "Fashion Forward" exhibit is an ode to “la mode.” With 300 pieces spanning 30 years of collection, the exhibition gives a nice look back at four centuries of couture. Continue east on the 69 bus route to Rue de Jouy and walk down the scenic Rue Fourcy, which will bring you to the MEP (Maison Européenne de la Photographie). On
the agenda for this summer's program: "a Brazilian season" with four artists expressing the diversity of a country full of contrasts. And at the beginning of September, there will be a beautiful retrospective of Herb Ritts, an American photographer known for his sculptural black-and-white images of celebrities.
Trade the bus for the 7 metro line to the Riquet station. The Centquatre has emerged in the contemporary landscape and is currently showing "Circulation(s)," dedicated to young European photographers.
Asia in the Spotlight
Korea might have had the place of honor in 2015, but currently it is the whole of Asia under the spotlight in Paris. China has been the highlight at the Louis Vuitton Foundation since January. Visitors have the opportunity to see the engaging works of Ai Weiwei set against the backdrop of the breathtaking architecture of Frank Gehry, as well as to discover the young Cao Fei who continues to oscillate between reality and a virtual world. This year, Huang Yong Ping has the keys to the Grand Palais for "Monumenta." Why? Every
spring since 2007, an artist masterfully remakes the Nave of the Grand Palais
with monumental pieces produced for the event. From the country of the rising sun, two major provocative artists are currently exhibiting on both sides of the Seine: Araki and his famous women in bondage are at the Guimet Museum; and the transgressive images of Daido Moriyama, the reflection of a changing Japanese changing society, are at the Cartier Foundation.
The City is Beautiful at Night
Of note for night owls: the 12th European Night of Museums is the way to discover one of these exhibitions in the dark, in a fun, unique setting.
More than simply access to the exhibits at night, it is above all a great festival of the arts in the broadest sense: from music to food, theater, cinema, literature and a special peak into the creative workshops.The night of May 21 is one to enjoy without moderation!
Palais de Tokyo 13, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris - Musée des Arts Décoratifs 107, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris - Maison Européenne de la Photographie 5/7 rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris - CENQUATRE-PARIS 104, rue d'Aubervilliers, 75019 Paris - Louis Vuitton Foundation 8 Avenue Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris - Le Grand Palais 3, avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris (Nave: Entrance on Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8th) - Guimet National Museum of Asian Art 6, place d'Iéna, 75116 Paris - Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art
261, boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris.