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Museums & Expositions

A look into the museums and temporary expositions found in Paris, unparalled in the world.

1920’s Paris Mode : Fashions of les Années Folles star
Following the blow of World War I, Paris underwent a period of rebirth. Women celebrated newfound liberty in both the way they carried and costumed themselves. These fashions born from the 20's, now on exhibit at the Musée Galliera, are timeless. Infuse your style with some of their extravagance.

6 Billion Others - People of the World star
Hearing different languages, being introduced to cultures, acknowledging their values, and looking into people's eyes will change your outlook. Yann Arthur-Bertrand aims to do just this by compiling interviews with people from around the world in 6 Billion Others.

Art, Chocolate and Taxidermy on Rue du Bac star
Currently at the Musée Maillol, Pascin´s exhibition showcases warm portraits shrouded in Impressionism and watercolor-washed pen and ink caricatures. Exiting the Paris Metro at Rue du Bac, stop along the way for decadent chocolates and browse the most bizarre shop in Paris, a menagerie of taxidermy.

History in a Portrait star
Lucien Lorelle was a sought after portraitist. Lee Bull left her fashion career behind to capture the brutal reality of WWII. Sarah Moon creates pictures today that mirror years passed. Take a look at some of the photography exhibits around Paris this fall.

Madame Grès - Paris Couture from the 1930's star
Madame Grès' intricately worked, asymmetric designs accompanied by their sketches and fashion photographs present the timeless output of her Paris workshop. They are on display amongst the sculptures in Paris' Musée Bourdelle.

Madeleine Vionnet – French Couture in the 1920's star
Learn more about the liberating fashions of the 1920’s confectioned by couturier Madeline Vionnet, mother of the bias cut.

Monumenta at the Grand Palais star
Each May an artist is given carte blanche to create a monumental installation that dialogues with the expansive verrière of the Grand Palais. Freshman president Francois Hollande was there under polka-dot sky for “Excentrique’s” opening night vernissage.

On the Perfume Trail in Grasse star
Grasse is renown for the production of luxury fragrances. Learn about the perfume making process and other ways local fruits and blossoms are enjoyed. A guide to the museums and sites to visit on the perfume trail in the south of France.

Surrealism in Houston's Menil Collection star
Those that find museums overwhelming will appreciate the diversity and accessibility of Houston's Menil Collection, an unlikely hodgepodge of Surrealist art and its more primal influences.

The Collection Yves Saint Laurent Amassed star
After several days on view at the Grand Palais, the collection of art, sculpture and furniture that French designer Yves Saint Laurent and partner Pierre Bergé amassed has hit the auction block. Christies reports it the most expensive collection ever to be sold. Have a look at some of the trinkets..

The Rodin Museum star
A nicely researched and written article on a museum in Paris devoted to the works of Auguste Rodin.

Walt Disney at the Grand Palais star
The exhibit Il Etait Une Fois Walt Disney presents the different layers of artistic influence lying behind animation. Like peering through a kaleidoscope, a melange of film projections, storyboard sketches, paintings and models embellish the Grand Palais.

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