MUSEUM MILES: Paris’ art scene is percolating this summer.
The Cartier foundation is showcasing the hyper-realistic human sculptures of Australian artist Ron Mueck for the second time. Six recent works are juxtaposed with three pieces made exclusively for the show in unsettling out-of-scale proportions. There’s also a documentary featuring Mueck’s daily life in his atelier.
“Otherness. I is somebody else” examines the concept of identity through self-portraits and special creations in a wide array of media. The 22nd exhibition at the Espace Louis Vuitton brings together artists from different backgrounds for creative encounters based on existential questions of the “other.”
For the first time in Europe, Lorna Simpson is the subject of a large exhibition at the Jeu de Paume. The installation comprises figurative photographs associated with texts and videos accompanied by music, inviting viewers to join her in the investigation of memory and the relationship between idea and representation.
Another master of black-and-white photography, Patrick Demarchelier, has about 20 of his portraits on view at the A. Galerie. The show, called “Desire,” focuses on women’s sensuality.
Although always reluctant to have his works exhibited, 130 paintings by France’s great colorist Simon Hantaï are featured at the Pompidou Center. Spanning 1949 to the Nineties, the retrospective offers a rare opportunity to explore the fascinating career of the painter mainly known for his canvas-folding method.
A hop out of town, in Versailles, there’s a lot to be seen.
Celebrating the 400th birthday of the architect of the chateau’s gardens, André Le Nôtre, Versailles has on display works by Korean naturalist photographer Ahae and Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone. All taken from the same window, Ahae’s poetic images follow a thematic path through the galleries of Versailles’ Orangerie building and emphasize his extraordinary vision of nature. Displayed mostly outdoors, Penone’s famous tree sculptures are scattered along the Allée Royale and in the grove nearby, reconnecting man and nature.
“Ron Mueck,” to Sept. 29.
Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain
261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014
Hours: Tuesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
“Otherness. I is somebody else,” to Sept. 15.
Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton
60 Rue de Bassano, 75008
Hours: Monday to Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
“Lorna Simpson,” to Sept. 1.
Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde, 75008
Hours: Tuesday, noon-9 p.m.; Wednesday to Friday, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
“Desire,” to July 22.
4 Rue Léonce Reynaud, 75116
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3-7 p.m.; Saturday, noon-7 p.m.
“Simon Hantaï,” to Sept. 2.
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
Hours: Wednesday to Monday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
“The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary — Photography by Ahae,” to Sept. 9
Orangerie de Versailles, Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
“Penone Versailles,” to Oct. 31.
Cour d’honneur, Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
— Anne-Aymone Gheerbrant
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