La Chambre à Air event in the basement of the Palais de Tokyo, 30/06/12
The last few months have been a little chaotic for reasons I won’t bore you with, so blogging has slipped down to the bottom of my priorities. But worry not, there’s still been a bit of time for art.
For a start, I’ve squeezed in three visits to the Palais de Tokyo. As well as ‘Intense Proximité’ its Trienniale, which is on until August 26th it now hosts regular free events and happenings most of which are free. Its café has also got a massive open-air space where you can sit and gaze at the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, making it a very cool place to just hang out. To top it off the actual museum space is now HUGE (increased from 7,000 to 22,000 square metres).
Not content with completely transforming the museum, the director of the Palais de Tokyo, Jean de Loisy has also curated Les Maitres du Disordre (The Masters of Disorder) a magical mystery tour through shamanist rituals and its influence on contemporary art. The exhibition is at the Musée Quai Branly, across the river from the Palais de Tokyo.
Next door to the Palais de Tokyo is the Musée d’art Moderne where I saw the much talked about Robert Crumb exhibition. The reason why it’s so hyped, is firstly the French love comics. Pop into the ‘Bande Dessinée’ (comic book) section of any large Paris book shop and you’ll understand the extend of the worship. But comics here aren’t just about kids’ characters and superheroes, there are beautifully illustrated comics and graphic novels on every aspect of life and fantasy.
I then went from the thunder-thighed obsessions of crumb, to Helmut Newton’s perfectly formed supermodels (on until July 30th). It was a great exhibition but after seeing all those perfect bodies I felt like going on a diet.
Last but not least, I saw the Berthe Morisot exhibition at the Musée Marmottan. It’s apparently not very hip place to hang out, (I was the youngest person there), but this means there are less people so you get to see Impressionist paintings that rival the Musée D’Orsay, but with the space and time to appreciate them properly. Although today Impressionism seems very safe, Berthe Morisot herself was actually very cool, like some kind of 19th Century rock goddess (see picture below).
Yet despite seeing some of the best exhibitions in town my hunger has not been satisfied, as the last few weeks has seen a whole wave of new exhibitions opening, which I ambitiously plan to see before La Rentrée (September) comes around. So, to make sure I don’t forget any I’ve put together a list of ‘must see’ shows. If there’s anything I’ve forgotten, let me know!
La Promenade, Galerie Paul Frèches until July 13th
Ellsworth Kelly, Galerie Marian Goodman, until July 13th
Artemesia, at Musee Maillol until July 15th
Rêves de laque, Le Japon de Shibata Zeshin, Musée Cernuschi until July 15th
Oeuvres de la collection Züst, Centre Culturel Suisse, until July 15th
Guillaume Bresson, Thomas Lerooy, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, until July 21st
Through my Window, Photography by Ahae at the Jardin de Tuileries, until July 23rd
Le Crépuscule des Pharaons, Musée Jaquemart-André until July 23rd
Claude Parent, Galerie Yvon Lambert, until July 28th
Yutaka Takanashi, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, until July 29th
Le Mont Fuji n’existe pas, Frac Ile-de-France / Le Plateau, until July 29th
Olav Westphalen, Galerie Vallois, until July 31st
Running through the summer
Tim Burton L’exposition, Cinémathèque Francaise until August 5th
Multiversités creative, Centre Pompidou, until August 6th
Anne-Flore Cabanis, Connexions, 104 (CENTQUATRE) until August 8th
Construire, déconstruire, reconstruire : le corps utopique, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris until August 19th
Sur la Route de Jack Kerouac, L’épopée, de l’écrit à l’écran, Musée des lettres et Manuscrits, until August 19th
Misia: Reine de Paris, Musée d’Orsay, until September 9th
Turbulences, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, until September 16th
Wim Delvoye, Musée du Louvre, until September 17th
Gerhard Richter, Panorama, Centre Pompidou until September 17th
Laurent Grasso, Jeu de Paume, until September 23rd
Louis Soutter, The Tremor of Modernity and Didier Vermeiren, sculptures – photographies, Maison Rouge, until September 23rd
Situation(s) [48°47 34 N / 2°23 14 E], MAC/VAL, June 30th until September 23rd
Alice Springs, Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) until November 4th