Paris is plentiful when it comes to art exhibitions and this winter is no exception. With more than 20 large scale exhibitions on show at the moment, we have selected the best 10 for those who will be spending their Christmas in Paris.
1) René Magritte: Treason of Images (until January 23)
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou
A great retrospective of the famous surrealist painter René Magritte in the spectacular Centre Pompidou.
Carambolages exhibition held in the spectacular Grand Palais in Paris is one of the most beautiful exhibitions you will get to see for a long, long time. Do not miss this bizarrely awesome exhibition if you are in Paris between March 2 and July 4, 2016.
This exhibition is stranger than your usual one.
Musée du Quai Branly in Paris is a museum of tribal objects and artefacts and definitely a must-see for those interested in the genre. Its building, designed by the star architect Jean Nouvel, is also an interesting piece of contemporary architecture.
Although the collection of Quai Branly is rich, colourful and fascinating, like other European and North American museums with colonial collections, it does not present the genuine story of the origins of its objects. And the visitors ought to ask the question, how come ritualistic tribal objects from Polynesia, Australia or Madagascar end up in Paris, completely removed from their original contexts.
Fancy architecture by Jean Nouvel – Part of the museum overlooking the street is covered by a vegetal wall. The museum garden is preceded by a very strange glass window, which continues for meters separating the garden from the public street. (Notice the Eiffel Tower in the background)
On 7th and 8th of November, Salt Galata in Istanbul hosted a brilliant two day workshop titled ‘Cool Istanbul: Urban Enclosures and Resistances.’ The workshop was initiated as part of a research project based in the Institute of European Ethnology in University of Munich.
The event takes its name from a Newsweek cover from 8 years ago featuring the title ‘Cool Istanbul.’ Using this title as a starting point, the discussion of the workshop focused on investigating the creative processes in the production of a cool Istanbul, along with the consumption of the cool city and the brutal reality of gentrification, urban poverty, precarious labor, exploitation, discrimination and run-down neighbourhoods behind the cool façade of the city.
Left: Newsweek cover of Aug. 29, 2005, Right: Cool Istanbul workshop cover
Just as advertised in Tate’s website, Paul Klee is one of the ‘giants’ of twentieth-century art. And Tate Modern’s exhibition Paul Klee – Making Visible (October 16, 2013 – March 9, 2014) is a must-see for both Paul Klee and modern art enthusiasts.
Left, They Are Biting (1920) and right, Redgreen and Violet-Yellow Rhythms (1920)