Museums, Monuments + Culture
By Paul Prescott
You know that sensation when you lift your foot to find a stair and then realize it’s not there? That shock when you walk into a glass door? That feeling when you try to move out of someone’s way before seeing you’re really only avoiding your own reflection? If you attend the Ron Mueck exhibit currently being held at the Fondation Cartier, prepare yourself to experience those emotions on a deep level and for an extended period of time—Mueck’s hyper-realistic statues will take you aback and leave you there for a long while.Last Updated ( Friday, 17 May 2013 )
By Ashlee Girdner
There is a jovial group of youths sitting in the shadows of an ambiguous dance hall. Their expressions show the serenity that only absinthe and rich French wine can provide.Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 March 2013 )
By Barbara Becquiot
Difficult to imagine, as we walk through the majestic courtyards and halls of the Louvre today, that 1,000 years ago, all this used to be no more than a small military fortress, its dungeon and high walls intended to dissuade unexpected visitors.Last Updated ( Monday, 18 March 2013 )
By Michele Kurlander
The Salvador Dali retrospective now showing at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the largest such exhibit of the artist since the 1979 Paris exhibit presided over by the artist himself, is unusual in more than that one respect. One exciting aspect is the emphasis on film – not only films made by him (including the disturbing Un Chien Andalou made in collaboration with Bunuel) but also seemingly thousands of feet of film of the self proclaimed genius being interviewed or presiding over happenings in Europe and New York.Last Updated ( Friday, 15 February 2013 )
By Demian Smith
It is said, the Paris party scene in the 1980s was fuelled by heroin. The theatre and cultural centre Lavoir Moderne Parisian (LMP), which opened in 1986 has a rich history of holding hedonistic dance parties and is still a bohemian focal point. The heroin fad, meanwhile, has passed, but the LMP is still alive, just about.Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 January 2013 )
By Katherine Brodsky
Edith Piaf is no doubt one of France's greatest "gifts," with her magical voice and presence. There's few who haven't heard and fallen in love with songs like "La Vie en Rose" and "Non, je ne regrette rien." She is most certainly one-of-a-kind. Her story, including its ups and downs, hardships and successes, tragedies and triumphs are on display at the Musée d'Edith Piaf, which is nestled in the Ménilmontant neighbourhood (11th district) in Paris.Last Updated ( Friday, 11 January 2013 )
By Manja Kovacic
Some interesting artists recently came together in Louvre to present their creations in the fields of fashion, decor, arts, design and accessories. To be more specific, Le Carrousel des Métiers d’Art played host to 350 exhibitors, which makes this Biennial the largest exhibition dedicated to crafts and creation in France.Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 December 2012 )
By Kalyn Burns
Every year the pyramids of the Louvre welcome millions of art lovers from every corner of the world. Most will join the mob of tourists in front of the Mona Lisa, snap a quick picture, and then head off with their maps to find the next treasure housed within the walls of the famous museum.Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 December 2012 )
By Laura Packham
Down a small cobblestone cul-de-sac in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, awaits a world of imagination and play for young girls and a nostalgic treat for mothers and grandmothers.Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 November 2012 )
By Sue Aran
Hidden amongst the luxurious bustle of Parisian culture, where artisanship has become an art form, you'll find the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF). Recognizable only by their red, white and blue collars, this prestigious group represents over 162 creative arts disciplines devoted to their craft in France, including cheese makers, florists, textile designers, chefs, leather crafters, graphic designers and jewelers.Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2013 )
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