Prehistory, a Modern Enigma

“Préhistoire, une énigme moderne” (Prehistory, a Modern Enigma) at the Pompidou Center explores the creative link between prehistory and modern art juxtaposing prehistoric art works such as “Venus de Lespugue” and the “Mammoth de la Madeleine” with modern artists including Louise Bourgeois, Max Ernst, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and contemporaries such as Dove Allouche, Pierre Huyghe, Giuseppe Penone and Robert Smithson (to September 16, 2019). Human prehistory is considered the period between the use of the first stone tools c. 3.3 million years ago by Hominins and the invention of writing systems approximately c.5,300 years ago.

“Préhistoire, une énigme moderne,” to September 16, 2019 at Pompidou Center, Paris.

Thomas Schutte… Three Acts

“Man in the Wind,” Thomas Schutte

“The aim of my oeuvres is to introduce a twisted question mark into the world” says the enigmatic German artist Thomas Schutte, (b. 1954) currently featured with a major retrospective at the Hotel de la Monnaie de Paris (until June 16, 2019). The exhibition is composed of three themed parts and includes several major series such as “United Enemies,” “Aluminium Frau” and “Vater Staat.” Continue reading “Thomas Schutte… Three Acts”

Loire Plein Air Painting Workshop

Treat yourself to a week of painting taught by Tom Hughes (May 25-June 01, 2019) while discovering the magical troglodyte village of Trôo. Perched above the river Loire in the northern Loire Valley this remarkable village features unique cave houses dug into the hillside that provide stunning views over the village, river and valley.  There is a 20% discount for early registration. Continue reading “Loire Plein Air Painting Workshop”

Walking on the Moon

The Apollo 11 lunar module with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon fifty years ago on July 20, 1969. Armstrong’s first step onto the lunar surface was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience. He famously described the event as “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” To mark the occasion Paris’ Grand Palais is exhibiting “La Lune, du voyage réel aux voyages imaginaires” (to July 22, 2019). Continue reading “Walking on the Moon”

Workers of the World…

Around the working world in 80 photos is an exhibition titled “EtreS au Travail” (Beings at Work) displayed on the Luxembourg Garden fence along rue Médicis (until July 14, 2019). Large color photos mostly taken by Magnum photographers such as Steve McCurry, Marc Riboud and Martin Parr are accompanied by thought provoking captions written by labor specialists. The exhibition celebrates the centenary of the International Labor Organization (ILO). Continue reading “Workers of the World…”

Wim Wenders’ Grand Palais Installation

Wim Wenders, “Paris Texas”

Paris’ Grand Palais hosts a monumental immersive cinematic installation “Unidentified Plastic Object” featuring Wim Wenders’ film clips accompanied by music chosen by the German filmmaker especially for the event such as Ry Cooder’s unforgettable haunting slide guitar in “Paris Texas” and music from “Buena Vista Social Club.” Every evening 9PM to midnight (until April 22nd). Free admission. Continue reading “Wim Wenders’ Grand Palais Installation”

Half An Hour From Paris

Many guides claim to be for and by insiders, but this one truly is. Annabel Simms—living in Paris since 1991—delights in exploring the Paris countryside by train and sharing  ideas with her friends for discovering little-known travel gems. Her previous book “An Hour from Paris” is a popular go-to classic enjoyed by a generation of expats and seasoned Paris visitors. Continue reading “Half An Hour From Paris”

Blue Riders on the Storm

“The Dream,” Franz Marc, 1912

Paris’ Musee de l’Orangerie revisits two major German painters Franz Marc and August Macke— who were part of the “Blue Rider” group (Der Blaue Reiter)— with the exhibition “L’adventure du cavalier bleu” (to June 17, 2019). The exhibition focuses on Marc and Macke’s artistic relationship, how their lives and work intersected and evolved. Continue reading “Blue Riders on the Storm”