Influx: Visitors in the Louvre

Influx: Visitors in the Louvre

The quantity of visitors in the Louvre can be impressive, if overwhelming. In 2011, I shot footage of the flow of visitors in some of the busiest galleries of the Louvre, and I finally got around to editing it now. Inspired by the mesmorizing 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi, I used music by Philip Glass and played with the speed and distance of the [ ... ]

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Google Glass in the Grand Palais’s Velázquez exhibition

Google Glass in the Grand Palais’s Velázquez exhibition

For its Velázquez exhibition, the Grand Palais in collaboration with GuidiGO is offering a guided visit using Google Glass. This was my first time using Google Glass, and I was impressed by how intuitive the glasses were. It didn’t take very long to feel like they were an extension of my own body. The glasses only offer 12 commentaries, far [ ... ]

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Swabian Sculptures at the Cluny

Swabian Sculptures at the Cluny

Although I was unclear about what Swabian Sculptures (sculptures souabes) from the Late Middle Ages actually were, I was still very excited to visit the current exhibition at the Musée du Cluny because the poster looked epic. Swabia, it turns out, is an historic region in southwestern Germany between the Black Forest, Lake Constance, and the [ ... ]

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Moms in the Musée d'Orsay

Moms in the Musée d'Orsay

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. In honor of Mother's Day, I spent an afternoon in the Orsay on the hunt for representations of mothers. I did not have to look far. Moms surrounded me: from symbolic figures of maternity to [ ... ]

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The Severed Heads of Notre-Dame

The Severed Heads of Notre-Dame

One of the best rooms in the Musée de Cluny (the museum of the Middle Ages) is the Salle Notre-Dame de Paris. And the most intriguing part? The series of floating kings' heads from the façade of Notre-Dame.  The story behind how they got into this room is fascinating. It was the French Revolution, and the people were disgusted by the [ ... ]

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Pierre Bonnard, exhibition at the Orsay

Pierre Bonnard, exhibition at the Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay's current exhibition Pierre Bonnard: Peindre l'Arcadie is a delight. I walked out of this celebration of color feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The (well-written and accessible) wall panels summed up Bonnard's style as possessing elegance, vitality, charm, deftness and humor. These words describe the exhibition as a whole. Pierre [ ... ]

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A Table of Desserts

A Table of Desserts

Still lives are incredibly sensual beings. But not only do they exemplify virtuosity, their aim is to sneakily make you think about the very nature of life itself. Given this, why are they so easy to just skim by in museums? Filmed partially in the Louvre in 2011, this little video aims to explore both the sensual and moral aspects of this subtle genre [ ... ]

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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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Tudors at the Musée du Luxembourg

Tudors at the Musée du Luxembourg

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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