Paris Scene

Feasts for the senses as well as the wardrobe, all around town.

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“Chrysantheum” by Takashi Murakami.

Photo By COURTESY OF Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin

“Vénus au miroir” by Titian.

Photo By COURTESY OF Board of Trustees of The National Gallery of Art, Washington

ART UP: Paris boasts a range of art exhibitions, from ravishing Renoirs to cutting-edge sculptures. Here are some highlights:

• For respite from fashion’s folly, consider the raw portraits of secretaries, bakers and peasants from German photographer August Sander, showing at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation. “Nothing is more odious to me than photos that are too sugary, with poses and added effects,” Sander once said.  Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, 2 Impasse Lebouis, 75014; +33-1-56-80-27-00.

• After inviting Jeff Koons to shake up the Chateau de Versailles, it’s now French artist Xavier Veilhan’s turn to bring a contemporary edge with seven new works, including a futuristic carriage built from welded steel sheets and aluminum sculptures of famous architects. Chateau de Versailles, 7 Rue Sainte-Anne, 78000, Versailles; +33-1-30-83-78-00.

• “Confusion of the Senses,” at Espace Louis Vuitton, does just that — from the ride up to the 7th-floor gallery in a pitch-black elevator by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson to a work by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, who plays domestic noises on a loop in a room filled with a thick white mist. Espace Louis Vuitton, 60 Rue de Bassano, 75008; +33-1-53-57-52-03.

• Meanwhile, sometime Vuitton collaborator Takashi Murakami has a solo show at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, including the Japanese artist’s characteristic flower and monogram paintings. Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, 76 Rue de Turenne, 75003; +33-1-42-16-79-79.

• The Grand Palais’ “Renoir in the 20th Century” boasts more than 100 works from the Impressionist artist, with the usual portraits of sybaritic women, including sculptures and drawings, and explores his influence on other artists, including Bonnard, Matisse and Picasso. Le Grand Palais, 21 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008; +33-1-43-59-76-78.

• The Louvre exhibition “Rivals in Renaissance Venice: Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese” centers on the interplay between these three painters as well as the lesser-known Bassano. Marvel at the unique Venetian light effects even in the darkest subject matter. Works by Titian are also on display at the Musée Jacquemart-André, intermingled with the newly acquired Brukenthal collection, boasting some of the finest Northern Renaissance artists works, including Bruegel, Memling and Van Eyck. Musée du Louvre, 34 Rue du Louvre, 75001; +33-1-40-20-53-17.

• “The Subversion of Images, Surrealism, Photography, Film” at the Pompidou Center showcases more than 400 photographic works by Surrealist artists like Man Ray, André Breton and Hans Bellmer and delves into how their work was used in magazines and advertising.  The Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004; +33-1-44-78-12-33.

• Le Bon Marché is putting the spotlight on Guy Bourdin’s films from the Sixties to the Eighties, offering insights into Bourdin’s work for Vogue, his studio fashion shots, as well as an intimate look at the artist.

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