Creative July: Love

Creative July: Love

This month’s creativity theme is… LOVE! Throughout the month of July (in preparation for a certain upcoming wedding), Garlands in Paris will be looking at art and museums through the lens of amour. I am very excited for this theme, and have some fun surprises in store for the month. Feel free to join me! Share your creative [...]

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Wrap Up of the Creativity Theme "Outdoors"

Wrap Up of the Creativity Theme "Outdoors"

It's the last day of June, and the end of this month's creativity series on the theme of the Outdoors. All month, Garlands in Paris has been looking at art and museums through the lens of this theme: representations of the outdoors in art, objects that were created to be outdoors, the relationship between interior [...]

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Aquariums: Zoos of the Seas and Rivers

Aquariums: Zoos of the Seas and Rivers

If you’ve been following along for the past few weeks, you know that Garlands in Paris in middle of a creativity series on the theme of the Outdoors. Today, I’m happy to introduce you to Nolwenn, a dear friend and fellow blogger. I asked her to reflect on this month's theme in a Parisian cultural institution. So, without [...]

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The Grounds of the Château de Malmaison

The Grounds of the Château de Malmaison

A video of dreamy June afternoon spent on the grounds of the Château de Malmaison. The Château de Malmaison was the home of Joséphine and her then-husband Napoléon (you can read more about their love affair here and about Joséphine’s famous rose garden here).

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Smell the Roses at Malmaison

Smell the Roses at Malmaison

Some heritage is meant to be inhaled. Empress Joséphine’s roses at Malmaison are a prime example. Visually beautiful, yes, but their real power lies in their luscious perfume. Stick your nose in one of the enormous blossoms and you are instantly, and forcefully, transported. Certain blossoms were almost the end of [...]

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Expulsion from the Garden: The Louvre's Cour Marly

Expulsion from the Garden: The Louvre's Cour Marly

The Cour Marly in the Musée du Louvre is grand. Filled with natural light and a forest of ficus trees, the courtyard houses an army of grand marble statuary. These stone figures display movement despite their insistent stillness, with rearing horses, racing gods and goddesses, harmonious allegories of rivers and [...]

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Sainte-Chapelle: Inside and Out

Sainte-Chapelle: Inside and Out

Sainte-Chapelle is a decidedly interior space. To experience its full glory, you have to enter its depths, climbing from the lower chapel to the upper chapel. But it has an intimate relationship with the outdoors. At its origins, it was utterly dependent on the light of the sun for the stained glass to come to life. Morning light, evening [...]

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Lumière ! Le cinéma inventé, exhibition at the Grand Palais

Lumière ! Le cinéma inventé, exhibition at the Grand Palais

The Grand Palais exhibition’s Lumière ! Le cinéma inventé feels like my ‘Cinema 101’ university textbook came to life. Filled with the major mechanical inventions of early cinema and many projections of films, the space feels like a cabinet of wonders. The exhibition places a large emphasis on the Lumière brothers, Louis and Auguste, and [...]

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Green in the Orsay

Green in the Orsay

This is the first installment of Creative June on the theme of the Outdoors. (If you missed it, check out a description of the project here!) When thinking about the outdoors, the first image that came to mind was the color green. And what better museum to scour for instances of green than the Musée d’Orsay? I first thought of the [...]

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Creative June: Outdoors

Creative June: Outdoors

June is bringing a new direction for Garlands in Paris! In addition to reviews of cultural offerings around Paris, I thought it would be fun to pick a theme for the month and post about the different ways that artworks and museums fit that theme. As the weather has been so beautiful lately, the theme for June will be “Outdoors”. I’m going to [ ... ]

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Exhibitions in Paris: June 2015

Exhibitions in Paris: June 2015

Here is a round-up of exhibitions in Paris starting in May/June 2015. Check out my Cultural Calendar page to see a large selection of exhibitions currently on! I am so excited about the exhibition on contemporary stained glass windows at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine. The Musée Cognacq-Jay's exhibition on 'exotic' 18th century [ ... ]

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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 mesmerizing 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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