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”

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”

Bastille day…The story behind the celebration

It was on the southern edge of the arrondissement, in the wretched Faubourg St-Antoine that rumbling discontent was first channeled into working-class consciousness and into organized action against exploitation. When word was spread on April 28, 1789 that Monsieur Réveillon, a painted-paper manufacturer on rue de Montreuil, was planning to reduce his workers’ wages, the Faubourg St-Antoine rose up in a violent insurrection. Monsieur Réveillon had not anticipated such a reaction, for the lowering of wages he had intended was proportionate to the drop in the price of bread fixed by the authorities to ease social tension. His 400 workers had a different idea of fairness and Réveillon, terrified, ran for his life and sought shelter in the neighboring Bastille, the ominous fortress looming west of the faubourg. It took the intervention of troops and a death toll of 30 to put down the revolt, but any wise ruler should have sensed that further trouble was brewing … Continue reading “Bastille day…The story behind the celebration”

Luigi Ghirri’s Kodachromes

Bologna, 1973, Luigi Ghirri, CSAC, Università di Parma © Succession Luigi Ghirri

The Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri’s (1943- 1992) used his favorite film —Kodak’s Kodachrome— to make pioneering color photographs during the 70’s at a time when most art photographers insisted on portraying the world in black and white. Although he is less known than his American counterparts —William Eggleston, Stephen Shore or Robert Adams— his work marked a generation of European photographers. He is featured this spring with an exhibition “Carte et Territoires” (Map & Territory) at Paris’ Jeu de Paume (to June 02, 2019). Continue reading “Luigi Ghirri’s Kodachromes”

Back in the USSR

The October Revolution (1917) ended centuries of Czarist rule reshaping the Russian empire into the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Meanwhile Russian artists during those turbulent times were making their own revolutions breaking the old art rules with new ideas such as cubism, futurism and expressionism. Continue reading “Back in the USSR”

English-speaking Paris

The Tower Theater returns to Paris for its 28th season to perform Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” June 4-9, 2019. They will be performing the play in English with French subtitles at the Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare, Pre Catelan, Bois de Boulogne. The production is a garden party extravaganza of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Laundry baskets at the ready! Ford and Page have a problem. Sir John Falstaff is broke, and plans on seducing them in order to get to their husbands money. But Falstaff is a creep, and the Wives are cunning. They’ll outmanoeuvre his tricks and humiliate him instead. In a town and society with men at the centre, the women of Windsor must come together, and teach them all a lesson they’ll never forget. Hidden in the Bois de Boulogne, in the Pré Catelan garden, the Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare is one of the most beautiful open-air theatres in the world. The audience sits on a large lawn around which are planted the flowers, trees and plants which are mentioned in five of Shakespeare’s plays. Since 1992 the Tower Theatre Company has performed Shakespeare during the first week of June in this delightful setting. Tickets: http://www.towertheatre.org.uk/boxo.htm
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