The art museums have launched their spring and summer expositions. My list is long and trips are being crossed off quickly.
Jacquemart Andre is a private museum in a fabulous mansion. https://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/en The house is wonderful to behold and imagine living such a life. There is “art” throughout the house – the couple had, among other pieces, a Rembrandt. But the museum also has a small space dedicated to special shows. Unique offerings. Often shows of special individual collections. I saw the impressionists owned by a Danish banker which now reside in a museum in Denmark. I love these types of shows because I see art that I would never have seen otherwise. Just like the pieces lent from the private collections. I’ve commented before: when I see the piece is lent from a private collection, I wonder where that piece was displayed. In the living room? The hallway? The kitchen? Or maybe even a separate room just dedicated to that work of art. I will never know but it’s fun to speculate. So the latest show at Jacquemart Andre was of a Danish artist who was compared to Vermeer. OK. I could see a resemblance. But nothing more. Still it was interesting. And always fun to visit that mansion.
The Luxembourg museum is another small museum. They have great expos. This time: The Nabis. The Nabis is a collection of artists working in a particular period. They named themselves the Prophets. The artists include Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, and (notice the Oxford comma???) Maurice Denis. All my favs. Pretty amazing to realize that many of the paintings I recognize. In my four years in Paris, my art knowledge, which was not inconsiderable to start, has grown by leaps and bounds. https://en.museeduluxembourg.fr/
The Ateliers des Lumieres is cutting edge of art. Digital reworking of great masters. I saw the show last year of their Klimt. You sit in a large open space, on the floor, or, if you are lucky, on one of the few benches against a post. The show is digitally produced and projected everywhere. Every wall. The floor. You are surrounded. The paintings are deconstructed and reconstructed. Flow across the walls. Separate. Morph. Unimaginable. Two years ago they had a show of Van Gogh. It was on the outskirts of Paris. I didn’t bother. After seeing Klimt I kicked myself. They moved to a new space for Klimt. And this year they reworked Van Gogh to fit this new space. I went the first week.
And was disappointed. I love Van Gogh. But the Klimt show was superior. In fact, a Japanese “short” they showed before the Van Gogh was better. Now, it was still spectacular, but the bar was raised so high by the Klimt. https://www.atelier-lumieres.com/en/home
Normally, I detest the Pompidou. It’s modern art. I always thought I was a modern kinda gal. But my taste does not run with the curators of the Pompidou. However, they did have a Hockey expo last year that got me in their doors. And this year I went to see the Vasarely. I surprised myself by deciding to go to that. Pop Art. Op Art. I was amazed. https://www.centrepompidou.fr/en/lib/Exhibitions Reminded me of much of my teenage years.
Tomorrow I am off to the Louis Vuitton Fondation for an exhibit of impressionists from a private collector. I think I actually saw this same expo in London last December. That didn’t dawn on me until after my friend bought the tickets. But this is fine. I enjoy impressionists. And many of these paintings are rarely on display. Seeing them twice is fine.
I’m off to The Netherlands and Amsterdam next week. The trip to visit a close friend and her family will include a walking tour of Rotterdam modern buildings and a Van Gogh expo. That’s all in the daytime. The evening will be a Todd Rundgren concert. More about that in a future blog.