Some news from France CLXXI

And continuing with this saga of all things wonderful in my belle France, today was a bit sunny and cloudy mix with nice mild temps of 19C no rain …. And I left a bit earlier from work.

In the arts France is sublime and we have plenty of choices , some of these I would like to mention here in my latest news posts on France ,and Paris in particular.

Let’s start with something unique and rare, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, the biggest French museum dedicated to Jewish history from the Middle Ages to our days, and opened in 1998 in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan ,the building with architecture from the 17C. Inside, you will find more than 12K works of art retracing the Jewish communities in France. admission is 9€ and the expo 8€; it is located at 71 rue du Temple, 3eme arrondissement.  More here: http://www.mahj.org/

You have to go to one of my favorite museums in Paris, the Musée Marmottan-Monet at 2 rue Louis-Boilly 16eme arrondissement.  Claude Monet had cataract problems by the end of his life but never missed a great work of art even if not his.  He usually exchange work with Renoir, Manet or Rodin. And of course, befriended many others such as Delacroix, Corot, Boudin,Jongkind, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Morisot, and Picasso.  All to see now in the expo Monet Collectionneur until January 14 2018. More here: http://www.marmottan.fr/fr/Exposition_en_cours-musee-2576

And as it is one of my favorite areas of Paris, you can wandered around before or after and go see the Les Serres d’Auteuil, great botanical garden French style with architecture of the 1900’s and 5500 plant species as well as trees. It is at 3 Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil ,more info here: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71157/Jardin-des-serres-d-Auteuil-Jardin-botanique-de-la-ville-de-Paris

And why not mention my love , Versailles! The hosts that have come here and visited and al. Now 10 million visitors per year!!! yes crowded at times but its all worth it and to beat the crowds ask me ::) There is a new exhibition showing the paintings, travel guides, tapestries, court attire, and weaponry and more of the times.  This is in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of NYC where the same will be in April 2018 for those lucky NewYorkers and visitors there. The exhibition is call, Les Visiteurs de Versailles 1682-1789, and will be here from October 24 and until February 25, 2018. more here: http://en.chateauversailles.fr/news/patronage-news/visitors-versailles-1682-1789#versailles,-combining-centre-of-power-and-public-space

And the unique Musée Maillol at 59-61 rue de Grenelle, 7eme arrondissement has the exhibition Pop Art Icons That Matter until January 21,2018. 100 masterpieces from the Whitney museum of American Art in NYC showing in Paris for the first time ever!  Some works will be from Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, and Roy Lichtenstein. More here: http://www.museemaillol.com/en/home

And the Seine knows music indeed. Come to see the La Seine Musicale at 1 cours de l’île Seguin, Boulogne-Billancourt dept 92 Hauts de Seine. In the old Renault factory now something looking like a yacht with high tech sails and the newest concert hall in Paris area. More info here: http://www.laseinemusicale.com/fr/

And by the nice Musée Jacquemart-André you have the nice exhibition of Le Jardin Secret des Hansen. Until January 15 2018. Museum is located at 158 blvd Haussmann 8eme arrondissement. From the kingdom of Denmark comes the collection of Ordrupgaard created very quickly between 1916 and 1918; included the cream of the Impressionists movement painters such as Monet, Renoir, Pissaro, Berthe Morisot, Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Courbet, and Gauguin. Dazzling indeed. More info here: http://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/en/node/2048

And at the venerable Petit Palais of Paris at avenue Winston Churchill you have the exhibition L’Art du Pastel de Degas à Redon until April 8, 2018.  The pastels had their golden age in the 18C with painters like Rosalba Carriera and Maurice Quentin de La Tour. It experience a revival in the 19C and early 20C, and it is this later period that will be showcase in the Petit Palais.  Quick sketches and highly accomplished works by Renoir, Gauguin, Degas, andn Odilon Redon amongst others. More info here: http://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en/expositions/art-pastel-degas-redon

Something pedagogic is shown at the Musée de l’Homme by the Place Trocadéro in the 16eme arrondissement. A wonderful scenegraphy on racism and awareness of discrimination in our society, call Nous et les Autres (Us and Others).  Shown until January 8 2018; more here: http://www.museedelhomme.fr/fr/visitez/agenda/exposition/nous-autres-prejuges-racisme

You have a wonderful event going on soon at Le Beffroi in Montrouge (dept 92) just south of Paris the Biennale d’Art Contemporain from October 12 to November 1 2017. Free admission every day from 12h to 19h.  A collaboration of young talent with 7 European cities. More info here: http://www.biennalejce.com/en/exhibitions/le-beffroi-2/

Something around to see the best in the arts.

At Giverny, Fondation Claude Monet, 84 rue Claude Monet get there from gare St Lazare in Paris to the station in Vernon then navette bus to Giverny. This is where Monet lived from 1883 to 1926 and did many of his paintings including the Water Lilies, admission 5,50€ and then varies according to temp collection on display. More here: http://fondation-monet.com/en/

Passing a bit out by Villiers-Le-Bâcle (dept 91 Essonne) you come to the Maison Atelier de Foujita. 7 route de Gif, you need a car from the porte d’Orléans A6 ,then the A10 direction Bordeaux exit Versailles ,direction Saclay on the D3 road  to house. Great fame between the wars in Montparnasse Léonard Foujita buys this house in 1960 and lived his last years of his life here.  The house is intact showcasing the architecture of Japan and France. Free admission. More here: http://www.fondation-foujita.org/foujita-foundation/

Move a bit in the Essonne dept 91 and come to Yerres to see the Maison Caillebotte at 8 rue de Concy. You can get here from the Gare de Lyon direction Melun stop Yerres. Lived by his family from 1860 to 1879 and just open to the public recently. A park of 11 hectares an inspiration for the artist that did 90 portraits here and on the shop you can see original paintings of Caillebotte. admission is 8€ more here: http://proprietecaillebotte.com/

Moving east you come to Barbizon dept 77 and see the Maison-Atelier de Jean-François Millet, the house he lived since his arrival in Barbizon in 1849 to 1875. You see his paintings , engravings ,and personal belongings of his time here. admission is 5€: more here: http://www.atelier-millet.fr/

And then we go north to Auvers-sur-Oise and see the Auberge Ravoux dite Maison Van Gogh; the lodging house that was the home of painter Van  Gogh and saw his last days here, died in 1890. He lived here only two months but the place mark the historical point in painting. Here he does more than 70 portraits, and the furniture especially in the kitchen is wonderful too. Admission is 6€ and more info here: http://www.maisondevangogh.fr/en/auberge-ravoux.php

And keep an eye on the Petite Ceinture of old railroad line now slowly been renovated into an oasis of Paris tranquility and beauty. the line was last used in 1993 but a growing project to renovated is still going on until 2020; The SNCF gave to the city of Paris 22km of the 32km of the line . The next new section to be done are in the 12, 14, 17, and 20 arrondissements. More than 18 km will be open to walkers and runners. More here: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71366/La-petite-ceinture

And there you have it. Plenty to come and enjoy the city of lights in my belle France. Cheers and you all have a wonderful week.

 

 

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