• American Icons & Velázquez in Paris

    by  • April 15, 2015 • Art, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Paris

    The Grand Palais Presents some of America and Spain’s Most Iconic Works of Art.

    Whilst all eyes may be on the Grand Palais’ flagship exhibition devoted to the fashion designer, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Paris’ leading exhibition hall is also playing host to a number of smaller artistic offerings over the spring and summer months, one of which being the exhibition, ‘American Icons’.

    The exhibition brings together some 60 emblematic works from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the first museum on America’s west coast to be solely dedicated to contemporary and modern art, and the Fisher Collection, one of the world’s largest private collections of art in the same genre, today curated by the museum.

    Whilst the SFMOMA is closed for extensions, its collection of works have hit the road and opening last week in the south-west gallery of Paris’ Grand Palais is a fantastic ensemble of artworks from some of the greatest 20th-century American artists. These include world-renowned names such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, in addition to those perhaps less familiar including Alexander Calder, Carl Andre, Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Philip Guston, Dan Flavin, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin and Richard Diebenkorn, amongst others.

    The exhibition runs through until the 22nd of June, before moving on to the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence from 11th July until 18th October. Closed Tuesdays, the Grand Palais is otherwise open daily from 10am until 8pm. Entrance costs 12€ (9€ concessions).

    And whilst you’re at the Grand Palais, if you didn’t catch it during its run at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, why not also take in the Velázquez exhibition, also on display until July 13th? Bringing together a magnificent ensemble of works on loan from the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Louvre in Paris and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, this fabulous retrospective pays homage to one of the most important figures in the history of Spanish art, offering a comprehensive overview of the master’s versatility and virtuosity. Alongside portraits of royal children, the exhibition will also feature other stylistic genres such as kitchen still lifes, religious, historical and mythological subject matter.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.