Colette spied an article about a photo show at the Eglise des Billettes in the Marais featuring the tomb statues in Saint Denis and we went to this charming old church in the midst of Fendi-type stores and bars. It didn't blow me out of the water but if in the nabe - drop by.
Colette was reading Heidi Ellison's review in Paris Update of the exhibition of "Lumieres - The Play of brilliants" in the newly restored ElephantPaname on the rue Volney (where Goust resides and next door to the fabulous Bistro Volnay) and said, "we gotta go." "Yes Ma'am." I thought it was OK, but if one has been to the shows at the Espace Electra and the Guggenheim/NY it was not a revelation.
You cannot go on the Metro or take a bus or walk the streets without seeing posters for Au Temps de Klimt, la secession a Vienne aka In the time of Klimt, the Vienna secession and I swear everyone in Paris was there today - my! But it is glorious and not just the Klimt's but Schieles and Kokoschkas, etc.
A show, intriguingly titled ""Entrer dehors Sortir dedans" by the Bolivian/Swiss artist Carmen Perrin opens Saturday at the Maison de l'Amerique Latine in the 6th that promises to be very lively. Colette and I were at the House today for lunch and saw the work on the first floor which is hard to hide, although we will be back for that in the basement. 'Til 16 May. Two if not 3 Wow's!
I had seen was I thought a lot of Sonia Delaunay's art but I was wrong. While that hanging in the first few rooms of the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is what I consider "Sonia Delaunay", like the poster pictured above, later rooms showing her fabrics and dresses, geometric designs and finally "reinventing abstraction" were revelations to me.
PS Things are falling apart here: the ticket line is chaos itself, even in the Press line, and there is no way to dry ones' hands in the mens' room.
A friend brought this exhibition to my attention and asked me to pick up a catalog. Well, of course I also went in. Being greeted by two of my least favorite people - Hitler & Petain - started me off and by the end of the exhibit of films, photos and documents I think I had had quite enough of the Nazis and their wish to get rid of the Jews in France.
I cannot recall who said it but it kept coming back to me "This Hitler will we ever get rid of him."
The Maison de l'Amerique Latine has two special exhibitions; an installation by Emma Malig and a lot of photos by the French-Venezuelan Carlos Cruz-Diez which range from candid photographs of the exuberant Alexander Calder to depressing Dorothea Lange-like photos of Mexican folks. I'm not sure I got the piano-wire globe by the Chilean artist Emma Malig.
A reliable source, when asked what's the best art exhibition she's seen recently said "Le Maroc contemporain" at the Monde Arab. And she was right. She liked the fabics/dresses best which was true of Colette as well, while I thought the paintings and sculpture was pretty neat.
There are two special exhibitions at the Cite de l'Architecture & du Patrimoine a place whose showings usually blow me away; these did not. The Viollet-Le-Duc show featured the buildings he helped restore and Revoir Paris presented utopian representations of Paris from Haussman to the future. (Colette disagreed..... she liked the Viollet Le Duc exhibit!)