Passion Points: Arts/Culture
Boasting an astounding 250 works, Keith Haring / The Political Line, at the Musée de l’Art modern de la Ville de Paris and Le Centquatre, is one of the largest-ever presentations of the American artist’s work. Emphasizing how Haring used his unique linear style to bring attention to various social issues from racism to AIDS awareness, this two-part exhibition ranges from small drawings to murals that originally graced NYC’s subways. Head first to MAM to see the historical retrospective and then to Le Centquatre (a former state-run funeral parlor, turned contemporary art center), where Haring’s monumental works reside—including his impressive 10 Commandments (1985). (Until Aug 18)
At just 34-years old, Parisian artist Loris Gréaud, will become the first artist ever to have a joint exhibition at the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou. Known for his over-the-top projects, which have ranged from a 55-foot habitable model of a sperm whale made for the last Venice Biennale (The Geppetto Pavilion, 2011) to a series of microscopic sculptures presented without any magnification exhibited at Frieze London (Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?, 2006), Greaud’s latest installations specially designed for Paris’ most venerable art institutions are sure to be the talk of the town this spring. (June 19 – July 15, 2013)
Another spring must-see at the Centre Pompidou is the retrospective of Simon Hantai. A seminal figure in the history of modern art and abstraction, Hantai is best known for his “pliage” works—paintings made on canvases that the artist first folded or tied-up. This exhaustive exhibition includes fascinating never-before-exhibited works by the famously reclusive painter who passed away in 2008. (Until September 9)
Living up to its name, Dynamo: A Century of Light and Motion in Art, 1913–2013 takes over the entire Grand Palais (over 40,000 square feet) with mind-blowing optical and kinetic artworks. Featuring work by contemporary art stars such as John Armleder, Carsten Höller, Jeppe Hein, and Anish Kapoor, the exhibition includes work by some 150 artists and traces the roots of perceptual art back to the likes of Alexander Calder and Marcel Duchamp. Fujiko Nakaya’s misty public installation Cloud Installation # 07156, Grand Palais, Bassin de brouillard (2013) brings the magic beyond the museum’s walls. (Until July 22)
Traveling with a budding Picasso or Monet? Our new favorite Paris art guides offers a range of thematic kid-friendly tours of Paris’s world-famous permanent art collections that are educational and entertaining. Whether you choose “Goddesses, Animals, and Nymphs” at the Louvre or “Picnics, Poppies, Ballerinas and Parties: The Impressionists” at the d’Orsay, these private tours are fun for the whole family. Contact Indagare for an introduction.
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