“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.
“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”
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”
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”
Two European photographers, Harry Shunk (1924–2006) and János Kender (1937–2009), who documented the Paris and New York art scenes —from “Nouveau Réalisme” to “Performance Art” to “Earth Art”— during the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s, are exhibited at the Centre Pompidou (until August 05, 2019). Continue reading “Art On Camera, Shunk & Kender”
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…”
Fresh bread from the local boulangerie is one of the things we love about Paris… especially the Baguette. President Emmanuel Macron agrees. He declared last year that Unesco should include “la baguette au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité.” Continue reading “Best Paris Baguette 2019”
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”
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”
A new French documentary film “J’Veux du Soleil ” (I Want the Sun), directed by Gilles Perret and Francois Ruffin, looks at the rural discontent fueling the Gilet Jaune (Yellow Vests) movement, which has seen weekly Saturday protests since November 17 (Act I). Continue reading “J’Veux du Soleil”
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”