Two major art exhibitions in Paris this autumn
Published on 9 October 2017, dans Exhibition and Museums
Two major art exhibitions open their doors in Paris this autumn. The first, beginning on September 21st, 2017, at the Grand Palais, is a major retrospective of the work of Irving Penn, a world-renowned photographer. The second, launched on October 11th, 2017, at the Vuitton Foundation, presents 200 works from the MoMA collections. Discover these two events when you stay at the Hotel Royal Cardinal.
Irving Penn, the legendary photographer at the Grand Palais
The Irving Penn exhibition at the Grand Palais, which runs from September 21st, 2017, to January 29th, 2018, celebrates the centenary of the birth of the famous artist, one of the major photographers of the 20th century. His portraits of celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock and Pablo Picasso are known all over the world. Elegant simplicity, minimalism and rigour were the trademarks of this brilliant artist.
The exhibition is organised by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Reunion des Musées Nationaux. A 70 year career is traced through 240 photos of various subjects, as well as his drawings and paintings. Portraits, fashion, nudes, street and war scenes, and still lifes were all close to the artist’s heart. The journey begins with photos of Philadelphia and New York, then moves on to the war in Europe. The itinerary is thematic and chronological. Much of the exhibition looks at Penn’s work for Vogue magazine, and so features images of Jerome Robbins, Spencer Tracy, Alfred Hitchcock, Salvador Dali and Igor Stravinski. A fascinating journey through time via one man’s artistic vision.
Exceptional works from the MoMA collection at the Louis Vuitton Foundation
The title Being Modern: the MoMA in Paris announces a unique exhibition of its kind in France. Co-produced by the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) of New York and the Louis Vuitton Foundation, it takes place at the Foundation from October 11th, 2017, to March 5th, 2018. Some 200 works from the six departments of MoMA have been selected. Very diverse, they give some idea of the richness of the MoMA collections. Arranged on the four floors of the Frank Gehry designed building are paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, installations and digital works, including masterpieces by Paul Cézanne, Alexander Calder, René Magritte, Paul Signac and many others. Some are being shown in France for the first time.
From its creation in 1929 to the present day, MoMA has always pursued a policy of acquiring the visual arts of its time. The first decade of the museum’s existence is illustrated by such famous works as Edward Hopper’s House by the Railroad, acquired in 1930, and The Bathers by Paul Cézanne, acquired in 1934. The post-war section of the exhibition includes Echo: Number 25 by Jackson Pollock. There are works representing the various artistic movements of the 1960s. Then Fluxus and Pictures Generation precede the final section, which features contemporary pieces from around the world.
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