ART ATTACK: For those wanting to take time out from the fashion shows, Paris has a myriad of art exhibitions to take in.
Misia Sert, the Parisian muse celebrated from the Belle Epoque to the Roaring Twenties and close friend of Coco Chanel, is the subject of an exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay. Her tumultuous life and attractive personality are explored through a wide array of media, including paintings, prints, posters, musical extracts, film and even part of her apartment’s decor.
Helmut Newton’s images of powerful women have already attracted 240,000 visitors to the Grand Palais, so the museum extended the exhibition through July 30. It includes more than 200 photos and a film lensed by his wife, June, who’s also the exhibit’s curator.
It’s all about turbulence at Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, where a show by that name is on. Here, 11 artists of nine nationalities explore the phenomenon through their work, including video, sculptures and machines.
The Jeu de Paume museum presents “Eva Besnyö (1910-2003), The Sensuous Image,” the first retrospective in France of the Dutch-Hungarian photographer’s work. The exhibit features more than 120 vintage and modern prints, ranging from pre-war Berlin worker scenes to Dutch architectural landscapes and social portraits of the Seventies feminist movement.
The Musée d’Art Moderne is hosting the first presentation of Christopher Wool’s work in Paris. His 30 large-format canvases, created over the last 12 years, combine silkscreen and hand-painting techniques with computer-processed images.
Last but not least — after London and Berlin, Paris is the final destination of “Panorama,” the retrospective of Gerhard Richter’s work from the Sixties until today that’s on at the Centre Pompidou. It showcases a wide selection of his photo-paintings, gray series and abstract pieces in a 10-room installation that was fully designed by the German artist himself. He did the same at the Louvre, where his related drawings and watercolors, displayed in France for the first time, are also on view in two rooms.
— Anne-Aymone Gheerbrant
“Misia, Queen of Paris,” through Sept. 9.
Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007.
Open Tues.-Wed. and Fri.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m, Thurs. 9:30 a.m.- 9:45 p.m. Tel.: +33-1-40-49-48-14.
“Helmut Newton,” through July 30.
Grand Palais (Southeast Gallery)
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008.
Open Wed.-Mon. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tel.: +33-1-40-13-48-00.
“Turbulence,” through Sept. 16.
Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton
60 Rue de Bassano, 75008, and 101 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008.
Open Mon.-Sat. noon to 7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
“Eva Besnyö (1910-2003), The Sensuous Image,” through Sept. 23.
Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde, 75008.
Open Tues. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
“Christopher Wool,” through Aug. 19.
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116.
Open Tues.-Wed. and Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
“Gerhard Richter — Panorama,” through Sept. 24.
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004.
Open Wed.-Mon. 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
“Gerhard Richter: Drawings and Watercolors, 1957-2008,” through Sept. 17.
Musée du Louvre (Denon Wing)
99 Rue de Rivoli, 75001.
Open Wed.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri.- Mon. 9 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
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