Get Arty in Paris this April

Just because the Art Paris Art Fair, the leading spring show that brought together 145 galleries from 20+ countries, is over doesn’t mean art in Paris has slowed down. In fact this month Paris is jam-packed with a real variety of shows, expos and exhibitions. Everything from pop art to pop singers and timeless classics, there’s something here for everyone. And if you’re not interested go jump…horse jumping at the Grand Palais…all sponsored by Hermès. So be sure to bring your Birkin bag!

Koons in Pompidou
Contemporary artist Jeff Koons began his career as a Wall Street trader before turning to art. An observer of everyday life and objects, Koons questions the glorification of consumer products and celebrities.Continuing the artistic tradition of Warhol and Oldenburg, Koons and his hundred assistants, has mastered everything from media, photography, painting, installation art and computer assisted creations. From placing his famous plastic ‘balloon dog’ in Château de Versailles to sculpting a gaudy gold statue of Michael Jackson and his chimp Bubbles, Koons’ work has been been exhibited all around the world. Love him or leave him, you’ll leave the expo inspired or amused by the pop art maestro if you get to the Pompidou by April 27!

Meet Ziggy, Major Tom, and the boys
After the huge success of the ‘David Bowie is…’ expo in London, a slightly revised version has come to Paris with several new visual and audio records from his archives. Photographs, films, costumes, scenic elements, manuscripts, drawings and instruments will help you rediscover the personality and career of this British, blue-green eyed musician/singer whose style is an unclassifiable one. A man with the emblem of glam-rock who flirted with funk, soul, disco and electro music while incarnating different personalities (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Halloween Jack). Check it out before he moves to Berlin.,-exhibition

Velázquez in Grand Palais
It’s hard to believe that this Seville born artist was born in 1599. He’s not just the leader of the Spanish school or the official artist to King Philip IV, he is one of the most important figures in the history of art of all periods! Probably because his art gave him a timelessness that is rivalled only by the all time greats—da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt. As Manet called him, ‘the painter of all painters.’ Presented by a dialogue of paintings by artists of his time that he knew, admired or influenced in turn, the Grand Palais exhibition looks at changes in style and subjects in Velázquez’s early compositions. So don’t miss this incredible collection of work in Paris. It may not be here again for a while.

Go Jump
Completely sick of all this arty-farty stuff? Head back to the Grand Palais to join the horsey crowd on April 10 -12 for three days of equestrian excellence sponsored by Hermès, with live events show on big screens in Hotel de Ville. Click here for more details.

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