• Marvellous Marvel & Stupendous Star Wars

    by  • April 4, 2014 • Children, Exhibitions, Film, Paris

    Is Iron Man your idol or Hulk your hero? Are you captivated by Captain America? For those of you looking for inspiration for your superhero-obsessed sons over the Easter holidays, why not consider a city break to Paris where there are currently two very exciting exhibitions taking place which are bound to capture the imagination!

    First off is The Art of the Marvel Super Heroes exhibition being held at Art Ludique – Le Musée. The first large-scale exhibition devoted to the legendary characters of the Marvel comic books, visitors will be able to dive into the world of Spider-Man, Thor, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four with all manner of memorabilia on display. There’s some 300 original drawing boards demonstrating the evolution of the various characters through the ages, from the first comic books to recent storyboards created for the big-screen adaptations. There’s a chance to see iconic costumes and props, including Iron Man’s helmet, Thor’s mighty hammer and Captain America’s shield. And there’s also videos to watch with commentaries from the legendary creator, Stan Lee, about the origin of the characters, his influences and aspirations. The exhibition runs all the way through summer so if you miss your opportunity at Easter, there’s plenty of time over the summer holidays to catch it before it closes on August 31st. Tickets cost 15€ (9.50€ for 4 – 12 years) and the museum is open daily except Tuesdays.  http://www.artludique.com/marvel2.html

    Over at La Cité du Cinéma until June 30th meanwhile, Star Wars Identities is a travelling exhibition originating from Canada, developed and produced by a Montreal-based production company in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. Making use of an extensive archive collection from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, this exhibition explores the sciences of identity through the characters of Star Wars such as Anakin and Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Chewbacca and Boba Fett. With over 200 pieces of Star Wars memorabilia to view including props, models, costumes and artwork, this fascination collection spans the entire Star Wars history from the classic trilogy (1977 – 1983) to the more modern prequels (1999 – 2005), in addition to the ongoing animated TV series, The Clone Wars. Highlights include Anakin Skywalker’s full-sized Podracer in addition to R2-D2 and a model of the Millennium Falcon. Be warned however, tickets are in high demand so it is worth buying online before you get there. Open daily, tickets cost 19.90€ for adults, 14.90€ for children aged 4 – 14 years (under fours are free!).  http://www.starwarsidentities.com


    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.