This year the "Paris Photo" took place for the first time at the Grand Palais. I have been at two exhibitions in this building before, but only now I got finally in the main space with the beautiful glass roof and the impressive staircase.
The Grand Palais, an exhibition hall and museum complex, was built for the Universal Exposition of 1900. It was designed in the style of Beaux-Arts architecture. The building spans an area of 775,000 square feet in the form of an 'H'. Listed as a historic monument, it is recognisable from a distance thanks to its glass roof, the biggest in Europe.
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is currently showing the first exhibition of Jean-Paul Goude’s work in Paris. This master of style, whose resolutely avant-garde and multidisciplinary work - whether as an illustrator, photographer, and art editor for "Esquire" , or as the director of exquisitely iconoclastic films for Chanel perfumes, or as the orchestrator of spectacular performances, from his former partner Grace Jones’s groundbreaking music videos to the dazzling parade he staged for the 1989 bicentennial of the French Revolution - constantly blur the boundaries between publicity and high art. The exhibition will close on 18 March 2012.
I just returned from a short trip (4 days) to Paris! As always time was running and I couldn´t do all the things that were on my list... One of my favourite places is the Jardin du Luxembourg, especially on a sunny and unusual warm november day. In the background of the Greek actor you can see the Panthéon.
There are a lot of beautiful things to see in the streets of Paris, but you also have to look up - there is more beauty. Aren´t these decorations around the window gorgeous? On my friend Genie´s blog you can find another photo of this window.
The beautiful wrought iron balcony of the Hôtel d´Arvers on the Île St. Louis has been classified as a "monument historique" in 1926. You can find the complete list of the National Heritage Sites in the 4th district here.
This nice house is located in Rue Crémieux in the 12th arrondissement. Although this street is close to the Gare de Lyon, it is very quiet and you can find there a lot of small and colourful houses. Click here for the photo of another house in this street.
The "bassin de Latone" was designed by André Le Nôtre, sculpted by Gaspard and Balthazar Marsy, and constructed between 1668–1670. The fountain depicts an episode from Ovid´s "Metamorphoses": When Leto (Latone) was wandering the earth after giving birth to Apollo and Artemis, she attempted to drink water from a pond in Lycia. The peasants there refused to allow her to do so by stirring the mud at the bottom of the pond. Leto turned them into frogs for their inhospitality, forever doomed to swim in the murky waters of ponds and rivers.
From April to October, at paticular days and times, there are beautiful fountain performances, set to the tones of baroque and classical composers. A really awesome spectacle! Click here for a short video of the performance of this fountain.
Until November 1st you can still see seven monumental sculptures by French artist Bernar Venet in the garden of Versailles Palace. The first one welcomes you on Place des Armes in front of the palace and embraces a monument to the "Sun King" Louis XIV.