Paris – Disney World
By Arveed on 2009-08-19 20:39:19
Cultural Paris is one of the best places to visit if you’re looking for world-class art exhibitions. For instance, The Louvre may be the most famous art museum in the world, home to iconic masterpieces such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, but there are also many other galleries that are must-sees on a cultural break in France’s artistic capital.
As well as their permanent exhibits, many of Paris’ galleries house special exhibitions for a more limited time, giving even more reasons to keep coming back as displays change annually or even more frequently. The Château de Versailles is one of Paris’ fascinating buildings and a natural centre for art, and if you visit the palace before the end of the year you can still catch the brief run of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, displayed until 12 December 2010.
A far cry from the classical styles on display elsewhere in the city’s galleries, this exhibition takes its inspiration from the Japanese Manga tradition of comics and animation, as well as incorporating ancient Japanese artistic and cultural traditions to make something truly unique on a Paris break.
Continuing the international theme, one of the newest exhibitions debuting at the Pinacothèque de Paris this autumn is the L’Or des Incas, presenting ancient art from the fascinating Inca civilisation that dominated parts of South America prior to colonisation. The exhibition will display 253 distinct works on loan from Peru’s museums, providing an overview of many aspects of the mysterious people until 6 February 2011.
Art isn’t just something to be observed in a gallery though, as demonstrated by the innovative Carré des Ateliers workshop fair that takes place in Paris’ Boulevard Richard-Lenoir each month, adjacent to Breguet Sabin metro station. Involving the talents of around 50 artists, the workshop is a chance for amateur and established artists alike to put their talents to practical use crafting artistic objects, from furniture to decorations, jewellery and clothes, using both time-honoured and contemporary practices.
Galleries are not the only places you can experience artworks on holidays in Paris, however – the city also brings art into the streets and into its public parks, and you can see many magnificent sculptures and outdoor exhibitions in areas such as the Champs-Elysées, the Champ de Mars or along the banks of the Seine. Paris is an incredibly photogenic city, and many of its buildings and other architectural triumphs are works of art themselves.
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