Fall Break: Great Exhibitions in Paris


It’s Fall Break! If you are planning to staying in town, check out these great exhibitions that are happening in Paris:

WHAT: Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (exhibition)
WHERE: Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
WHEN:  October 2015 – January 2016
HOW MUCH: Full rate: 13 €
ESPECIALLY FOR: Fashion students; HDCS students
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was Marie Antoinette’s First Painter and also the most sought-after society painter of her time. This is the first exhibition entirely dedicated to the artist whose talent reached high society courts all over Europe.
The first part of the exhibition is dedicated to the French court portraits. With the French Revolution, Vigée Le Brun’s work became ambivalent: both witness of the end of an era and a perpetuation of a certain type of lifestyle that had no future. The second part of the exhibition traces the artist’s travels around Europe, in search of a lost time, by depicting the people that represented that long gone past.

WHAT: Picasso.mania (exhibition)
WHERE: Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
WHEN:  October 2015 – February 2016
HOW MUCH: Full rate: 15€; Reduced rate: 11€
The Grand Palais has curated an exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work, a hot topic still in debate in the art world, even 40 years after his death.
It is a chronological exhibit taking in works from across the Spaniard’s oeuvre, balancing the works and legacy of Picasso, with the works by his famous contemporaries, including Hockney, Basquiat and Lichtenstein.

WHAT: Philippe Halsman: Etonnez-moi! (exhibition)
WHERE: Jeu de Paume
WHEN:  October 2015 – January 2016
HOW MUCH: Full rate: 10€; Reduced rate: 7.50€
ESPECIALLY FOR: HDCS students, Fashion students
The Jeu de Paume exhibition covers Halsman’s career from his beginnings in Paris in the 1930s to his immense postwar success in New York.
The show provides an in-depth look at the Latvian-American photographer behind some of the 20th century’s most iconic images, such as Salvador Dalí’s moustache reaching for his eyebrows, Marilyn Monroe leaping in the air, Hitchcock puffing on a cigar crowned with a bird, Einstein sticking his tongue out, etc. Beyond his work with celebrities, Halsman left an incredible imprint on fashion photography, reportage and experimental imagery.

WHAT: Splendeur et Misères: La Prostitution en France (1850-1910) (exhibition)
WHERE: Musée D’Orsay
WHEN:  September 2015 – January 2016
HOW MUCH: Full rate: 11€; Reduced rate: 8.50€
ESPECIALLY FOR: HDCS students, Fashion students
This exhibit from the Musée d’Orsay, organised in conjunction with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, offers the first ever in-depth look into the topic of prostitution in the art.
Featuring works by Manet, Degas, Picasso, among others, it shows how diversely artists have depicted the people and places involved in prostitution, plus how socially and culturally important they are.

WHAT: Korea Now! Craft, Design, Mode et Graphisme en Corée (exhibition)
WHERE: Musée Des Arts Décoratifs
WHEN:  September 2015 – January 2016
HOW MUCH: Full rate: 11€; Reduced rate: 8.50€
ESPECIALLY FOR: HDCS students, Fashion students, DT students
The Musée Des Arts Décoratifs turns its attention to the country’s creative output, its heterogeneity and dynamism, with an exhibition that touches on fashion, graphic design, craft and more.
The exhibition brings together more than 700 works of art by 150 talented artists, artisans, designers, fashion designers and graphic designers, still little known in the West.


Besides these great exhibitions in Paris, this is also the last weekend of Anish Kapoor’s exhibition in Versailles. So if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a great opportunity!

Compiled by Julia Resende, Master HDCS Student and Student Assistant in Parsons Communications Department. Learn more about the MA History and Design of Curatorial Studies at Parsons Paris.