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ALSO ON SHOW: While women walk the runways, men are taking over many a Paris museum this season.
The Musée d’Orsay offers an opportunity to explore the meaning of male nudity in art through an exhibition spanning more than two centuries. Showcasing works by the likes of Jacques-Louis David and Pierre et Gilles, it examines how the male body went from being an academic object of study to the keystone of Western artistic creation.
Walter Pfeiffer further investigates male beauty at the Galerie Sultana, which displays many of his portraits of boys. First shown in the Seventies, these include humorous works and quieter still lifes.
Black-and-white fashion photos of another Swiss photographer, Gérard Musy, are featured at the Hôtel Scribe. Initiating the trend of backstage photography, he revealed with a fresh eye the secret side of shows and emerging models in them.
Also focusing on beauty is “Desire and Sensuality,” an exhibit at the Musée Jacquemart-André, bringing together some 50 paintings by British artists of the Victorian era. It offers a glimpse of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, thanks to Pérez Simon’s private collection.
Meanwhile, the Petit Palais sheds light on the lesser-known Flemish painter Jacob Jordaens, through 120 of his masterpieces pulled together from around the world.
Across the street at the Grand Palais is a retrospective of the father of Cubism, Georges Braque. It highlights the painter’s interactions with Pablo Picasso, musician Erik Satie and a large number of poets.
Paris goes pop with Roy Lichtenstein. Opening with his first iconic comic strip-inspired paintings, the Centre Pompidou exhibition not only includes works referring to masters like Matisse but also examines Lichtenstein’s status as a key postmodern figure, including sculptures and etchings.
The Gagosian Gallery’s “Lichtenstein” show focuses on the influence German Expressionism had on the artist.
On the fashion front, besides major exhibitions like the retrospective of Azzedine Alaïa’s work at the Palais Galliera and Roger Vivier’s at the Palais de Tokyo, there are numerous presentations for jewelry lovers during Paris Fashion Week.
Jewelry will take center stage at “Circuits Bijoux,” an initiative involving about 80 events Paris-wide celebrating contemporary jewelry. “Dans la ligne de mire,” an exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs, is kicking off the festivities. Running through March 2, more than 600 pieces are to be on display including those from 55 independent designers, Hermès, Boucheron and Dior.
— Anne-Aymone Gheerbrant, with contributions from Laure Guilbault
“Masculine/Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day,” to Jan. 2.
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m.- 9:45 p.m.
“Walter Pfeiffer. Selection of Recent Photographs,” to Oct. 12
12 Rue des Arquebusiers, 75003
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
“Gérard Musy. Back to Backstage,” to Nov. 7
Galerie des Nouvelles Images
1 Rue Scribe, 75009
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
“Desire and Sensuality in the Victorian Era,” to Jan. 20
158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. except Saturday and Monday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
“Jordaens 1593-1678. The Pride of Antwerp,” to Jan. 19
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
“Georges Braque,” to Jan. 6
Grand Palais, Galeries Nationales
Place Clémenceau, 75008
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
“Roy Lichtenstein,” to Nov. 4
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
Hours: Wednesday to Monday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
“Lichtenstein: Expressionism,” to Oct. 12
4 Rue de Ponthieu, 75008
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
“Alaïa,” from Sept. 28 to Jan. 26
Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
10 Avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 75016
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
“Virgule, etc. in the Footsteps of Roger Vivier,” from Oct. 2 to Nov. 18
Palais de Tokyo, Level 1, Saut du Loup
13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75016
Hours: Daily, noon to midnight.
“Dans la ligne de mire,” through March 2
Les Arts Décoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
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