Visiting Paris in June? Don’t miss these great exhibitions!

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June 2014

Dries Van Noten – Inspirations, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

This exhibition is very appropriately called ‘Inspirations’, and inspirational it certainly is, for anyone even remotely interested in art and fashion . Cleverly arranged in a series of separate, but interconnecting, rooms, each one representing a different theme which inspired a particular collection of Dries Van Noten over the course of his 30 years in fashion design. The rooms are known as ‘gardens’, each one revealing, not only his designs, but also a rich collection of the paintings, sculptures, photographs and work of other designers which inspired him. It is a fascinating, sensory journey through Van Noten’s creative process. Until 31st August 2014.

Van Gogh/Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society at the Musée d’Orsay.

This exhibition is based on the writings of French playwright and theatre director Antonin Artaud, who wrote about Van Gogh before the painter’s Paris show in 1947 and comprises around forty paintings, as well as a selection of Van Gogh’s drawings and letters. What makes the exhibition particularly interesting is that Artaud did not believe that Van Gogh was mad and was instead driven to deep depression because society had rejected his work. Artaud’s criticism is levelled most at Van Gogh’s psychiatrist at the time, Dr. Paul Gachet, who instead of helping him, was responsible for pushing him over the edge. The works shown in the exhibition demonstrate by the torment Van Gogh was under, for example the quivering trunks and leaves in his painting ‘Trees in the Garden of the St Paul Hospital’. Until 6th July 2014.

Impressionist Works from Private Collections at the Musée Marmottan Monet

It is worth making your way to the 16th arrondissement for the unique opportunity to discover a collection of Impressionist paintings, which for the most part have never been seen before by the public. The 100 masterpieces have been lent by 50 lenders for the exhibition from from France, the United States, Mexico, Switzerland, Great Britain and Italy. The paintings are displayed inchronological order, beginning with the early works, including Boudin’s La Plage de Bénerville, and Manet’s Le Bar aux Folies Bergères. Claude Monet’s rarely shown Sur les Planches de Trouville and Hotel des Roches Noire, Trouville is also displayed, as well as paintings by Pissarro, Sisley, Renoir, Cézanne and Degas. Renoir is also well-represented, and the exhibition includes his Madame Renoir et son Chien, which has never been on show until now. Until 6th July 2014.

Josephine at the Luxembourg Museum, Luxembourg Gardens

On the occasion of the bicentenary of the Empress Josephine’s death at Malmaison on 29 May 1814, this exhibition brings together personal mementos and major works from her prestigious art collections. Born in Martinique in 1763, Josephine was married at sixteen to the Viscount Alexandre de Beauharnais, and narrowly escaped the guillotine during the French Revolution. In 1792, she married Napoleon Bonaparte, and after the coup d’état of 18 Brumaire (9 November 1799), she became the first Empress of the French, crowned by Napoleon in Notre Dame in Paris on 2 December 1804. By 1809, she was divorced by Napoleon as was unable to give him an heir. At this point, she withdrew to Malmaison where she lived until her death in 1814. Visitors to the exhibition are given a glimpse of Josephine’s private world and her passion for travel, music and gardens. Until 29th June 2014.

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