Famous European artists, Pablo Picasso, Serge Gainsbourg and Sarah Bernhardt are the subject of unmissable exhibitions in Paris. Among the themes dealt with, we find the similarity of their works to prehistoric art, relations with courtesans, the art scene of the Belle Époque or the life of one of the French’ favorite musical poets.
It is not surprising that the Louvre is still the most visited museum in the French capital: Art Newspaper Recently confirmed to be in the top 100 largest art museums in the world, it hosts a staggering number of Eight million visitors in 2022. Today, there are three more reasons to discover the most visited capital in the world.
Sarah Bernhardt, an early celebrity
actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) was the epitome of cheerfulness, eccentricity, and unbridled enthusiasm for the stage and life in general. Her exceptionally interesting life in Paris is currently being told in an exhibition titled “And the Woman Who Made the Star.”
The daughter of a luxurious courtesan, she received an excellent education at Versailles, wanted to become a nun, but fell in love with the theater and made a name for herself as an actress, touring the world. Throughout her life, she has been involved in many scandals.
About Sarah Bernhardt, Mark Twain He said, “There are kinds of actresses: the bad, the beautiful, the good, the great, and then there’s Sarah Bernhardt. She was one of the first people to star in a film, in 1900, and had played Hamlet in a French production a year earlier.”
Pictures show her lying in a coffin. She regularly toured the United States, Europe, and England with the Comédie-Française, and entertained troops on the French battlefields during World War I, where she had a leg amputated due to gangrene.
The exhibition of his lively life, well ahead of his time, runs until August 27 at the Petit Palais.
Serge Gainsbourg’s Parisian home is open to the public 30 years after his death
With the death of his father, the French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, his daughter Charlotte left everything as it was, unable to change anything. Thirty years later, she opens the house to the public as she found it, with cigarette butts in ashtrays and a bronze bust of her British actress mother. Jane Birkinfor which Serge Gainsbourg wrote and performed “Je t’aime… moi non plus” in 1969.
Gainsbourg, a real idol, is buried in the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris (like Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir). He left his home at 5 bis rue de Verneuil covered in celebratory graffiti that fans have drawn in his honor over the years, a home he described as chaotic but tidy.
Gainsbourg’s reputation was somewhat complicated and he died at the age of 62 after suffering a fifth heart attack. president at that time Francois Mitterrand On this occasion, he declared: “We have Baudelaire, we have Apollinaire … He has elevated song to the rank of art.”
Maison Gainsbourg can see 100,000 visitors a year and tickets for the first session sell out immediately, but more will be sold soon if visitors sign up to receive an email.
Pablo Picasso is in the spotlight, 50 years after his death
Picasso died in April 1973 and six new exhibitions are dedicated to him in France, Spain and the United States.
The Musée de l’Homme in Paris presents an interesting exhibition called “Picasso and Prehistory”. She compared 40 of her works to prehistoric works, which were The New York Times It is called “Picasso of the Stone Age” (the exhibition runs until June 12).
Also in Paris, the Musée Picasso is organizing “Celebrate Picasso, the Collection Takes Color!” The artistic director of the gallery is the British designer Paul Smithwhich was keen to show Picasso’s continuing contemporary influence (the exhibition runs until August 27).
In New York, at the Guggenheim, the exhibition ” Young Picasso in Paris It celebrates the year of Picasso’s arrival in Paris to paint in 1900 (the exhibition runs from May 12 to August 6).
Not far from there, the Brooklyn Museum presents another exhibition curated by the Australian actress Hannah Gadsbyname of the thing It’s Pablo Matic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby From June 2 to September 24.
At MoMA, the exhibition ” Picasso in Fontainebleau »It presents works produced by the artist in the southeast of Paris (the exhibition takes place from 1any October to February 10, 2024).
Finally, in Madrid, the Reina Sofia Museum presents ” Picasso 1906. The Great Metamorphosis which also looks at one important year in the life of the painter, the one he spent in a Catalan village called Josol. It is the end of the pink period, and the exhibition focuses on his sketchbooks and this year’s contribution to contemporary art (the exhibition runs from November 14 to March 4, 2024).
Translated article from Forbes US – Author: Alex Ledsom
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