ALL ABOARD: One’s welcome to take the Orient Express at the Institut du Monde Arabe this summer. There, visitors are invited to explore three wagons of the legendary train each of which has a different theme. It’s possible to travel like one of its famous guests, Marlene Dietrich, or experience the intrigue of the eponymous Agatha Christie novel through a recreated ambiance. The exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see the luxury cars as the true works of art they are – especially the rich decorations by master glass artist René Lalique. Also on view are Moynat trunks plus objects and publications documenting train journeys. A dining car completes the experience by hosting dinners by starred chef Yannick Alléno while the exhibition runs.
French pop artist Martial Raysse is under the spotlight – or neon light, that is, as his paintings attest – at the Pompidou Center for a retrospective bringing together 200 works spanning the Sixties to the present day. The show reveals his lesser-known creations, such as large-format fresco paintings, plus features a wide array from the collection of fan François Pinault.
On the other side of town, Italian abstract painter Lucio Fontana’s full range of work is on display, including sculptures and ceramics, with a focus beyond his famous slashed canvases.
After Guiseppe Penone last year, Korean sculptor Lee Ufan takes over the Château de Versailles gardens with stones and steel structures in another attempt to illustrate the dialogue between time and being. The 10 works resulting from his numerous walks in the royal location were especially created for the occasion.
In each of its three cultural spaces, Louis Vuitton is installing an open studio for an international female artist to create live a special work over four months. In Paris, people can view the creative process of Andrea Bowers. The artwork will ultimately be shown during 10 days in September.
Skin is widely exposed both on the streets and in museums during these summer days. The Musée du Quai Branly takes it literally with “Tattoo,” what’s billed to be the first exhibition considering the technique as art. The show presents a thorough survey of tattoo history and highlights the different worldwide meanings of the genre, from a symbol of protest to a fashionable creation. Tatoo artists are also in focus with their prototypes displayed throughout the spaces.
Last but not least, cameras are rolling at the Grand Palais, where 50 screens project 20 works of Bill Viola, the internationally acclaimed video artist. These span four decades of his career.
— Anne-Aymone Gheerbrant
"Martial Raysse," through Sept. 22
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
Open Wednesday to Monday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
"In Situ - 1, Andrea Bowers," through Sept. 21
Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, 60 Rue de Bassano, 75008
Open Monday to Saturday 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
"Tattoo," through Oct. 18, 2015
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly, 75007
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
"Lee Ufan Versailles," through Nov. 2
Cour d’honneur, Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
"Bill Viola," through July 21
Grand Palais, Avenue des Champs-Elysées entrance, 75008
Open Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday to Monday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
"Lucio Fontana Retrospective," through Aug. 24
Musée d'Art Moderne, 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
"Il était une fois l'Orient Express," through Aug. 31
Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 Rue des Fossés-St-Bernard, 75005
Open Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
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