Museums and Galleries in Paris to Visit All Year Long

Unless you’re like me, you probably don’t organise your holidays around art exhibitions. Which means, it can be a bit of a gamble what you might see when you finally arrive at an art gallery or museum. I find nothing more frustrating than discovering that an exhibition I would have been interested in seeing finished the day before I arrive, or starts the day after I leave a city. But luckily, no matter what exhibition is on, there are some museums in Paris that are worth visiting all year round. Whether it be stunning architecture or impressive permanent collections, these museums never fail to impress!

For all the architecture nerds out there, Centre Pompidou was designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers and is a prime example of ‘constructivist’ architecture. The skeleton of the building is exposed, revealing all of its inner structure, functions and mechanics. Visitors zig-zag their way up the building via the external escalator.

View from Centre Pompidou, Paris
View from Centre Pompidou

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Florence – Ytalia: Energy Thought Beauty: It’s All Connected

In one of the vaults of Assisi’s Upper Basilica, at the end of 1200, Cimabue, wrote “Ytalia” in the margin of a painting of a city, almost certainly Rome:  a very early affirmation of the existence of Italian civilization.  With this mark, Cimabue sanctioned that national boundaries are artistic before political and that national identity is made up of classic and humanistic culture, pagan beauty and Christian spirituality.

Ytalia offers the national and international public the opportunity to encounter some of the major artists of our times. Over 100 contemporary works of art at Forte di Belvedere and throughout the city: “a veritable museum of contemporary art, in the heart of the city, between interior and exterior, between the Middle Ages and Renaissance, between museums and gardens, funerary chapels and areas of political life, galleries and studios, cloisters and crypts” – Ytalia.

A photo diary of Ytalia: Energy Thought Beauty: It’s All Connected in Florence xx

Florence, Italy

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57th Biennale di Venezia: Viva Arte Viva curated by Christine Macel

The 57th International Art Exhibition, titled Viva Arte Viva, opened to the public from Saturday May 13th to Sunday November 26th, at the Arsenale and Giardini venues, and in several locations in Venice. The show featured 120 invited artists, of which 103 were participating for the first time, 86 National Participations, a Special Project, and 23 Collateral Events.

The Exhibition offered a route that unfolded over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion in the Giardini, followed by seven more realms to be found in the Arsenale and the Giardino delle Vergini. “Viva Arte Viva is an Exhibition inspired by humanism” declared Christine Macel.

Viva Arte Viva is an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist. Viva Arte Viva is a Biennale designed with artists, by artists and for artists.” – Christine Macel, La Biennale di Venezia.

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Spring in Amsterdam: Canal Houses, Tulips and Art

 

“Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists, worlds more different one from the other than those which revolve in infinite space, worlds which, centuries after the extinction of the fire from which their light first emanated, whether it is called Rembrandt or Vermeer, send us still each one its special radiance.” ― Marcel Proust

A photo diary of a week I spent in Amsterdam in spring xx

 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Rome: Annette Messager at Villa Medici

Annette Messager is one of French art’s most respected international figures. Sculpting an eccentric, dreamlike path through and around the Villa Medici, Messager shows that for her places are linked to the body and to skin. “All my work,” she has said, “speaks only of the body.”
Her creations are built around women’s everyday existences, exploring their rebellions, their fears, and their fantasies with the help of scraps of fabric, color pencils, doctored images, and a jumble of nightmarish chimeras involving steel spikes, dolls, and hooded soft toys. – Villa Medici.

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Florist, Rome, Italy

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Spring in Paris: Notre-Dame, Jardin Tuileries & The Seine

 

“When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise.” – Henry Miller.

“Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris.” – Anne Rice.

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Notre Dame, Paris

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Summer Art Exhibitions in Paris

It’s August, and while most of the French are going on summer holidays, there’s still plenty to do in Paris. Cafés and shops may close, but many of the city’s art galleries and museums remain open. The mass exodus of Parisians during the summer holidays means there are often less crowds, making it the perfect time to take in some art. Enjoy the empty city – and air conditioning! – while exploring some of the artistic offerings this summer in Paris.

Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier – Fondation Louis Vuitton 26 April-28 August 2017

Europe and North America have long been seen as artistic epicentres. However in recent years, the art world has begun to recognise South America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa as exciting artistic hubs. Fondation Louis Vuitton aims to shine a light on these previously overshadowed art scenes, as demonstrated by their current exhibition Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier.

Guy Bourdin at Maison Chloe
© The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

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