Ancient Egyptian Work in the Louvre

Ancient Egyptian Work in the Louvre

This is part of Louvre Photo Safaris, a series that focuses on details found in Louvre artworks around various themes, with the aim of looking at everything differently. I know very little about Ancient Egyptian art. So during a recent stroll through the Louvre's Egyptian Antiquities galleries,  I needed help looking at the objects. One of the first artifacts [ ... ]

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Lumières : carte blanche à Christian Lacroix

Lumières : carte blanche à Christian Lacroix

The exhibition Lumières : carte blanche à Christian Lacroix is a study of juxtapositions. There are a lot of lenses that make up this exhibition. The Musée Cognacq-Jay is a small museum featuring 18th century art and decor, assembled by an early 20th century collector. This exhibition then adds the layer of having Christian Lacroix, a contemporary [ ... ]

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Make a (Carriès) Mask

Make a (Carriès) Mask

This is part of Make a Mask, a series where I make copies of masks in Parisian museums. This Halloween, I made my first papier-mâché mask. It was such an enjoyable process; a mix of sculpture, paper work and painting. Since then, every time I visit a museum, I am drawn magnetically to any and all masks on display. Naturally, the next step was [ ... ]

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Poussin et Dieu, exhibition at the Louvre

Poussin et Dieu, exhibition at the Louvre

I am really excited about the Poussin et Dieu exhibition at the Musée du Louvre. It is a solid exhibition, with clean, simple scenography and accessible interpretation. But—oh my goodness—are the artworks exceptional. It was an absolute pleasure to get lost in the masterful paintings, and to finally get why Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665) is [ ... ]

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Salon d'art floral

Salon d'art floral

One of my favorite springtime rituals is heading to the mairie of the 6th arrondissement for the annual Salon d’art floralThis weekend exhibition of floral art features the creations of gardeners from the Jardin du Luxembourg and neighborhood florists, who sculpt blossoms and greenery into fantastical forms. The event is held a grand [ ... ]

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Good Friday in the Louvre

Good Friday in the Louvre

This is part of Louvre Photo Safaris, a series that focuses on details found in Louvre artworks around various themes, with the aim of looking at everything differently. Easter is here this Sunday! Many Christians consider Easter to be the most important holiday in the Church calendar. It commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, that [ ... ]

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Exhibitions in Paris: April 2015

Exhibitions in Paris: April 2015

There are a lot of exciting offers opening this month. The Fondation Louis Vuitton is presenting an overview of modern art with exciting loans from top international museums, the Musée du Luxembourg is showing portraits of the Tudors, and the Louvre offers an exhibition looking at Poussin and his religious paintings. I'm also excited [ ... ]

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Posing in the Groeningemuseum

Posing in the Groeningemuseum

In honor of #MuseumWeek, the week-long celebration of museums on Twitter, this post is dedicated to today's theme of 'poses' (#poseMW). During a recent visit to the Groeningemuseum, a museum of Belgian art in Bruges, I was struck by the poses found in the paintings. These artists used bodies and gestures to convey [ ... ]

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The Tudors Knew Fashion

The Tudors Knew Fashion

The exhibition Les Tudors at the Musée du Luxembourg is all over the place. The curatorial discourse is slightly convoluted, but I almost didn't care because wow are the artworks exceptional. I was captivated by the elaborately depicted outfits worn by the subjects of the portraits. Brocade, bows, gems, feathers, lace, pearls, [ ... ]

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Louvre Photo Safari: Movement

Louvre Photo Safari: Movement

This is part of Louvre Photo Safaris, a series that focuses on details found in Louvre artworks around various themes, with the aim of looking at everything differently. It is astonishing how objects as static as statues can suggest movement so powerfully. Walking through the palatial galleries of the Sully wing of the Louvre, I had [ ... ]

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Exhibitions in Paris: February 2015

Exhibitions in Paris: February 2015

Here is a round-up of exhibitions in Paris starting in January/February 2015. I'm particularly excited about visiting the playful buttons exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs. And with all of the events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of concentration camps by the Allies this year, the exhibition of films made by the Soviets of [ ... ]

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Hokusai at the Grand Palais

Hokusai at the Grand Palais

The Hokusai exhibition at the Grand Palais is like a movie. You enter, and the first room focuses on the reception of the Hokusai’s works in France in the second half of the 19th century (after his death). A timeline greets you with the major dates of the artist’s life, each period associated with a name change. It’s like only hearing whispers [ ... ]

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Exhibition: Maroc médiéval

Exhibition: Maroc médiéval

I’ve been looking forward to the Louvre’s exhibition on medieval Morocco for quite a while. Before it opened in October, I could see an amazing lit chandelier being set up at the exhibition entrance. I was excited to learn more about a period of art history that I haven’t encountered much since I took a survey course in [ ... ]

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Exhibition: Niki de Saint Phalle

Exhibition: Niki de Saint Phalle

The Niki de Saint Phalle exhibition at the Grand-Palais is a joy, a pleasure, a celebration. Before this exhibition, I only knew Saint Phalle as the artist behind the Stravinsky Fountain by the Centre Pompidou, and other such colorful creations. I was not expecting to be blown away (as I was) by the force of her artworks’ color, form [ ... ]

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Eat a pastry at the Musée du Luxembourg

Eat a pastry at the Musée du Luxembourg

This is part of Museum User Guides, a series with ideas for how to “use” museums. The activities suggested here propose a fresh way to understand and experience a particular collection.  Sometimes you just need to stop what you're doing and have a cuppa. This is especially true after a visiting an exhibition. Museum fatigue is [ ... ]

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Pompidou Photo Safari: Red

Pompidou Photo Safari: Red

This is part of Photo Safaris, a series that focuses on details found in artworks around various themes, with the aim of looking at everything differently. Plural Modernities from 1905 to 1970 is the new hanging of the Centre Pompidou's collection, on until January 26, 2015. It aims so show [ ... ]

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Exhibition: Rhodes

Exhibition: Rhodes

The current exposition-dossier at the Musée du Louvre is on Rhodes, a Greek island that was an important trading hub between the East and West in Antiquity. This exhibition focuses on Rhodian archeology from the 14th to 6th centuries BCE (from the Bronze Age to the Archaic period). It is literally the first exhibition in [ ... ]

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Exhibition: Jeff Koons

Exhibition: Jeff Koons

The Centre Pompidou just opened its retrospective on Jeff Koons, the contemporary artist behind Balloon Dog and the porcelain Michael Jackson and Bubbles. I have never been a huge Koons fan, so I was hoping this exhibition would help me understand what the hype is all about. The first part of the exhibition was unexpected [ ... ]

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Speed Crafting at La REcyclerie

Speed Crafting at La REcyclerie

I was recently introduced to what may be now my favorite competitive sport: speed crafting (think speed dating, but without the awkward small talk and judgement). The event was organized by L'Insolente for Paris bloggers to come together, sip cocktails, and race to complete as many of the four proposed crafts as possible in an hour and [ ... ]

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