Back in September, I took a look at the endless array of exhibitions taking place across Paris over the autumn and winter months. Well, it seems that I had only scratched the surface! Moving away from the more traditional art-inspired genres so prevalent in the exhibition halls and museums of the French capital, here’s a round-up of five very different exhibitions currently on offer in Paris, perfect for whiling away an hour or two to escape the chilly outdoors!
Currently running riot amidst the Cité de la Musique is Europunk, a retrospective look at the rise and influence of the punk movement across the USA, UK and Europe throughout the mid-1970s. As you’d expect, pride of place goes to the icons of the pop era, the Sex Pistols, paying homage to designers Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, its anarchist associations and the move from pure punk into New Wave.
With some 500 pieces of memorabilia on display, including videos, album covers, clothing, posters and fanzines, the exhibition explores the somewhat contradictory ideologies of this distinctive and subversive era, in addition to its long-term influence in the areas of music, fashion and cinema. The exhibition runs until Sunday, 19th January and is open from Tuesday to Thursday from midday to 6pm, Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm and Sundays from 10am to 6pm (closed Mondays). Tickets cost 9€ (5€ for young adults aged under 26 years).
1925 – When Art Deco Dazzled the World
If you’re a fan of Art Deco style, this is one exhibition to catch on a short break in Paris. Running until the 17th of February 2014 at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, this retrospective seeks to illustrate what lies behind the international success of Art Deco and its influence on a variety of artistic expression, essentially a fusion of various artistic fields.
Starting off with a comparative study of the differences and points in common with Art Nouveau, the exhibition presents a fascinating ensemble of work by French designers, as well as the movement’s success on a worldwide scale. The museum is open daily (closed Tuesdays) from 11am to 7pm; 9pm on Thursdays and entrance costs 10€ (for permanent collections as well as the temporary Art Deco exhibition).
For fans of fashion, the newly refurbished Palais Galliera (Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris – Paris’ Fashion Museum) inaugurates its new exhibition galleries with a fabulous retrospective devoted to the great fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, with some 70 models retracing his unique creative career. Winner of two fashion Oscars and his designs worn by great names including the late and legendary Greta Garbo.
The exhibition takes places across two settings: the Palais Galliera in addition to the Matisse Room at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and runs until Sunday, 26th January. The Palais Galliera is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm (9pm on Thursdays). Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays and entrance costs 8€ for both settings (Matisse Room only).
Pixar – 25 Years of Animation
If you missed this in Amsterdam, here’s your opportunity to catch up with Mikey, Nemo, Wall-E and all the much-loved characters of the Pixar big screen blockbusters. This intriguing backstage tour takes visitors deep into the world of Pixar with over 500 original artworks on loan from the Pixar Animation Studios in California detailing the stories, creative processes and techniques involved in bringing together some of the most famous and successful animation films ever produced, including Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and Up.
Running until Sunday, 2nd March 2014, the exhibition takes place at the newly opened Musée Art Ludique, the first museum worldwide devoted to the art of ‘entertainment’ situated at Les Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Dessin, on Paris’ Left Bank. The Pixar exhibition is open daily from 11am to 7pm (10pm on Fridays), Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 8pm. Entrance is 14€ (reduced rate 8.50€).
Cartier: Style & History
Last but by no means least, the Grand Palais presents its winter blockbuster devoted to jeweller extraordinaire, Cartier. Celebrating this iconic jeweller’s long history, its rich collection and distinctive designs, the exhibition will put on show a literal wealth of bling as once worn by royalty and screen legends.
Amongst its many star attractions will be Grace Kelly’s 10.47 carat engagement ring and Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor’s unique flamingo brooch set with calibrated diamonds, sapphire feathers, rubies and emeralds. You’ll also see pieces from Elizabeth Taylor’s extensive collection including her ‘la Peregrina’ necklace containing a pearl dating back to the 16th century and once worn by Queen Mary Tudor, bought for her by Richard Burton. The exhibition runs until Sunday, 16th February 2014 and is open daily except Tuesdays (hours vary). Tickets cost 12€ (9€ concessions).