Exhibitions in Paris – what a season!
This autumn Paris has a programme of artistic events to stimulate your senses.
A heady start
Who was the first civilisation to create perfume ? What are the essential ingredients in creating a perfume? If you’d like to know the answers you’ll have to head to the Grand Musée du Parfum – perfume museum – opening in the heart of Paris in December 2016.
Besides the well-thought educational and historical approach to its subject matter – how to create a perfume – the museum promises a real sensory experience involving visitors and accompanying them in the development of their sense of smell.
No need to be an expert ‘nez’ to appreciate the museum’s exhibits and stories, the accessible style of the displays make it appealing to novices. Interactive and sensory, the expert settings of the exhibits also allow visitors to awaken another sense – sight.
Two geniuses combine
The National Picasso Museum of Paris has chosen to confront Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giocometti for this autumn. Whilst at first sight we might not associate the two artists in the same sentence, they do indeed share an attraction for African art and even their surrealist approach. Even more than the pleasure of actually being able to see some of these well-known pieces, the exhibition also showcases unseen documents which shed a light on the two men’s friendship.
Surrealism and diversion
“I have had enough criticism for my famous Pipe! And yet, can you stuff my pipe? No you can’t, as it’s only an image. So, in fact, if I had written “This is a pipe” I would actually have been lying!” said René Magritte when speaking of his most famous piece. The Pompidou Centre is currently exhibiting a retrospective of his work, and takes us deep into the unusual and poetic reality/everyday of an artist born of the Dada and then surrealist movements.
If Max Ernst described his work as “hand-painted collage”, the exhibition takes us deeper into the artist’s philosophy that every word can be shown in an image.
On display at the Musée de la Monnaie (France’s Coin Mint) another philosophical approach, that of Maurizio Cattelan. The contemporary Italian uses another language entirely, that of caricature, of cynicism, of provocation, and of breaking down the myths surrounding heroes and historical characters. Caught between laughter and terror, his ork inevitably provokes a physical reaction.
On a more poetic note, Takashi Murakami is as inspired by the modern Manga universe as traditional Japanese sources such as the main figures in Buddhism, or the 12th century Zen painted scrolls, and more recently the works of Francis Bacon. The result, on display at the Gallerie Perrotin, is a personal dream world that is born of a complex artistic and spiritual journey, filled with hypnotic and cosmic imagery. Behind the cute “Kawaï” style, the artist himself admits to “still learning the magic of painting”.
For a 6-day period, mostly at the Grand Palais, Paris gives its visitors the opportunity to see modern and contemporary artists from some of the World’s most prestigious galleries, during the FIAC in October and Paris Photo in November.
To celebrate its 20th edition Paris Photo will pay homage to large formats and series with pieces from William Klein and Douglas Gordan.
The FIAC is also innovating, with the addition of the Parade for FIAC, which will allow the living arts to find their place in the fair across different areas: poetry, music, and dance with the irresistible Boris Charmatz or with the Louise Hervé/ Chloé Maillet duet. There will also be a new area On Site at the Petit Palais, which will be dedicated to sculpture and art installations.
Grand Musée du parfum - Opening in december e 2016 - 73 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris Picasso-Giacometti - From the 4th october 2016 until the 5 february 2017 - National museum Picasso-Paris, 5 rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris - http://www.museepicassoparis.fr/en/ Magritte La trahison des images - From the 23 january 2017 - Centre Pompidou, 75191 Paris cedex 04 - https://www.centrepompidou.fr/en Maurizio Cattelan Not afraid of love - From 22nd october 2016until 8 january 2017 - Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris - www.monnaiedeparis.fr Takashi Murakami Learning the Magic of Painting -Until the 23nd december 2016 – Galerie Perrotin, 76 rue de Turenne & 10 impasse Saint-Claude, 75003 Paris - www.perrotin.com Fiac - From 20 until 23dr october 2016 - Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris - http://www.fiac.com/paris/en Paris Photo - From the 10th until the 13 november 2016 - Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris - www.parisphoto.com