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France’s First Gender-Based Museum Show?

Constrained by social norms or cultural tradition, women working outside the home in the mid to late 1800s walked a fine line when wanting to earn a living. Three Paris exhibitions follow the working life of women for almost a century from 1839 to 1945. All three are exploring subjects assembled for the first time. […]

The Man Behind the Meme

Slate has the story behind the now-iconic image, and the man who drew it. The creator of the drawing was a French illustrator named Jean Jullien, who posted it to his Twitter page around midnight Paris-time with the caption “Peace for Paris,” and watched it swiftly take flight. Jullien, whose work tends to be marked […]

Art Made and Broken

Olivier Renaud Clement has organized a new group exhibition Construction/Destruction at Almine Rech Gallery in the Marais. Olivier lives in New York and is an international art dealer, also organizing art exhibitions. I have always liked Olivier’s taste and eye for minimalist art and design and it reflects strongly in this new show. He has […]

The Picasso Museum Reopens

After almost an endless string of delays lasting over five years, The Picasso Museum finally reopened last October. It came with much controversy and drama as the head of the museum was fired over the delays in a bitter battle between the Picasso family and the museum. Sorely missed as a top attraction in the […]

Lanvin in the Limelight

Celebrating the oldest French fashion house still in existence, the Musee Palais Galliera has put together Jeanne Lanvin, the first full-scale exhibition of the designer. It has more than 100 garments from its own archives and from Lanvin. Alber Elbaz, the current artistic director of Lanvin, has worked closely the with museum to curate the […]

Get Illuminated

Hordes turned out for the annual Festival of Light in Paris. Take a photographic tour here without getting bumped by hot wine-addled spectators.

A Rose is Arose

Your rentree began last September but it is not complete without taking in a show of art in an independent gallery in the Marais — n’est-ce pas? I recommend seeing “Lost for Words,” which is in its last 11 days of an extended show at The Brooklyn. It’s a collection of collages by Matthew Rose, one of the […]

An American in Paris, Posthumously

The Jeu de Paume is host to the first retrospective in 25 years of the American photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984). He is considered in the same league as the American photographers Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander. Winogrand captured moments in life similar to the work of French photographers Robert Doisneau, Marc Riboud and […]

The 5-Year Wait Is Over

After five long years of renovations, the Marais’s Picasso Museum finally reopened to the public on October 25, 2014, and at more than double its pre-renovation size. The building itself, the 17th century Hôtel Salé, is an impressive structure in itself, and it offers some beautiful rooftop views of Paris. Unfortunately, I found the layout […]

Color Your (Parisian) World

If you have kids (or an artistic streak), check out the giant coloring posters of Paris in different sizes up to 1m80 wide, and dining placemats of Paris (and other cities). There’s even a poster with a P’tit Vélib’ theme for little cyclists. They’re made of eco-friendly materials in France by OMY (27 rue Milton, […]

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