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Photo By Cedric Delsaux - Galerie des Glaces / Château de Versailles. Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.

ART WATCH: A plethora of modern art exhibitions are scaling the walls of Paris’ museums and galleries this season.

Maison Européenne de la Photographie plays host to Karl Lagerfeld’s “Parcours de Travail” show. It is among the most comprehensive collections of his photographic work to date and comprises subjects ranging from Chanel advertising to Parisian architecture.

On Oct. 4, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton will open its 13th exhibition, entitled “Who are you, Peter?” Thirteen contemporary artists — including Melanie Hennessy and Jiji — were asked to explore an aspect of the Peter Pan myth. The ultimate childhood fable brings to light themes as diverse as education, love and the enduring power of dreams.

“Murakami Versailles,” a show featuring the Pop Artist’s work, has taken residence at the vast palace formerly home to Louis XIV. Catch the artist’s kaleidoscopic array of works in the stately rooms, Hall of Mirrors and outside gardens.

Arman, among the founding fathers of New Realism, has a self-named retrospective on at the Pompidou Center. On display there are more than 150 pieces by the artist, who used found objects for his works, which date from the Fifties through his death in 2005.

Pieces by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla are being exhibited for the third time at the Galerie Chantal Crousel. Themes referenced there include environmental disasters, such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and post-Katrina New Orleans.

Three become one at agnès b.’s Galerie du Jour’s exhibit “3+1,” where Dash Snow’s haunting series of metallic trees, Ryan McGinley’s electric photography and Harmony Korine’s eerie images of women and children are shown.

Starting Oct. 8, “Kids” movie director Larry Clark, who’s been a prolific photographer for more than 50 years, will hold his first French retrospective, “Kiss the Past,” at the Musée d’Art Moderne. On show will be grainy black-and-white shots from the Sixties through today with an emphasis on Generation X and today’s youth.

Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5-7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004
Tel.: +33-1-44-78-75-00.

Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton
60 Rue de Bassano, 75008, and 101 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008
Tel.: +33-1-53-57-52-03

Château de Versailles
7 Rue Sainte-Anne, 78000 Versailles
Tel.: +33-1-30-83-78-00

Pompidou Center
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
Tel.: +33-1-44-78-12-33

Galerie Chantal Crousel
10 Rue Charlot, 75003
Tel.: +33-1-42-77-38-87

Galerie du Jour
44 Rue Quincampoix, 75004
Tel.: +33-1-44-54-55-90

Musee d’Art Moderne
11 Avenue du President Wilson, 75116
Tel.: +33-1-53-67-40-00.


— Natasha Montrose

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