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PARIS STYLE ON SHOW: There is no better time than fashion week to show off the life of a very early fashionista, Alice Allium. A saleswoman at Chéruit, the former fashion house on Place Vendôme, her wardrobe is on display in all its finery at the Carnavalet museum. Here, various aspects of the French capital’s fashion world from the Belle Époque to the Thirties are represented through paintings, the clothes and accessories lent by the Palais Galliera, plus documents and notebooks from the Paris archives.
The work of another Paris lover, Hungarian photographer Brassaï, is on view at the Hôtel de Ville and focuses on the multiple facets of the City of Light through its beautifully captured characters and landscapes.
Also on the photo front, there is a Henri Cartier-Bresson retrospective at the Pompidou. The first in Europe since the death of the iconic French photographer in 2004, it spans 70 years of his unique vision through pictures as well as paintings, drawings and film.
Meanwhile, Robert Adams himself helped create an overview of his work that focuses on the American West, documentary-style, including highlights from 21 series about the links between man and nature.
Bringing color to winter’s gloom is the Musée Marmottan Monet, which celebrates its 80th anniversary with 100 never-seen-before works of Impressionist painters that come exclusively from private collections.
The Espace Louis Vuitton showcases conceptual creations of contemporary artists in “Astralis,” which explores the frontier between the visible and invisible, examining celestial and unfathomable environments.
A similar surreal dimension is emphasized at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie through 40 photographs by David Lynch created especially for the show that taps into the filmmaker’s imaginary world.
Alex Katz has forged a style based on provocatively flat surfaces and vivacious colors, with their point being (in his words): “To get into the immediate present.” The painter’s ability to capture a moment at the speed of a camera click has made him among the most astute observers of American East Coast upper society. About 100 of Katz’s works are on display at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac’s space in Pantin, a northeast Paris suburb.
— Anne-Aymone Gheerbrant, with contributions from Paulina Szmydke
“The Novel of a Wardrobe — The Chic of a Parisian From the Belle Époque to the 30s,” through March 16
Musée Carnavalet Histoire de Paris, 23 Rue de Sévigné, 75003
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
“Brassaï — For the Love of Paris,” through March 29
Hôtel de Ville, 5 Rue de Lobau, 75004
Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
“Henri Cartier-Bresson,” through June 9
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
Open Wednesday to Monday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
“Robert Adams — The Place We Live,” through May 18
Jeu de Paume, 1 Place de la Concorde, 75008
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
“Impressionist Works From Private Collections — 100 Masterpieces,” through July 6
Musée Marmottan Monet, 2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m.
“Astralis,” through May 11
Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, 60 Rue de Bassano, 75008
Open Monday to Saturday, 12-7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
“David Lynch — Small Stories,” through March 16
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Alex Katz — 45 Years of Portraits — 1964-2014,” March 2 through July 12
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 69 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 93500 Pantin
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.