What's on in Paris in Spring/Summer 2008


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Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives
The French Daguerreotype
These two exhibitions in the Orsay Museum dedicated to the early days of photography show the equal importance of the British Calotype and the French Daguerreotype methods.
In Britain, as early as 1830, William Henry Fox Talbot invented a technique of systematic reproduction from a negative image on paper sensitized with silver iodide, which he named Calotype, meaning 'beautiful picture'. The exhibited photos using this method are by Roger Fenton, Charles Clifford, Benjamin Brecknell Turner, David Octavius Hill, Robert Adamson and William Henry Fox Talbot. They reveal their affinity with British pastoral paintings and romantic engravings of ruins of their epoch.
The second exhibition is dedicated to the Daguerreotype method of producing photographic images obtained from a silver-coated copper plate, made light sensitive by iodine, which permitted a gradual development by exposure to mercury vapors. This process resulted in sharp images with distinct outlines, as opposed to the sfumato effects produced by the British Calotype. The addition of the Kodak donation to that of the Orsay Museum’s own collection results in an impressive panorama of work by 70 American and French Daguerreotype photographers. The invention of Jacques Louis Mandé Daguerre and that of William Henry Fox Talbot created this “New art in the middle of an old civilization” that produced images of great significance, for the first time unmarked by human intervention.

Musée d'Orsay
62, rue de Lille/1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7th
Metro: Musée d'Orsay or Solférino

Open: 10:00 to 18:00
Thursdays until 21:45 and Sundays from 9:00 to 18:00
Closed: Mondays
Price: 8.50 Euros (Museum + temporary exhibitions).
Photography gallery, ground floor.

Information at
33 (0)1 40 49 47 50

Vlaminck, the Instinctive Fauve
The exhibition focuses on Vlaminck’s earliest youthful paintings from 1900 to 1915.  His previous works, before the age of 17, have been lost.  
In this turbulent period of change, Vlaminck’s violent pictorial expression shows his essential contribution to furthering the modernization that had started earlier in the century.  
Vlamick’s work and its links with the Post-Impressionists and the Nabis such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Signac, as well as his absence of academic training and his exuberant nature, led to gestured paintings in audacious colors.
“I accentuated the tones and transposed all perceptible sentiments into an orchestration of pure colors.  I was a tender savage, full of violence.” (Tournant dangereux, 1929).

Musée du Luxembourg
19, rue de Vaugirard, Paris 6th
Metro: Odéon,
RER: Luxembourg
Open: Mondays & Fridays from 10:00 to 23:30
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 19:00
Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 to 20:00
Price: 9 Euros (free for children under 8).

Information at
33 (0)1 42 34 25 95

Babylon
Aspiring to reconcile history and legend, spanning the ages from the first foundations of the antique city to the great epoch of Babylonian civilization, the exhibition builds on the presentation of extant stelas, statues and statuettes, cuneiform tablets, papyrus and manuscripts. Evoking the historical, mythical and traditional Babylon, it also highlights the evolution of the city and its influence on many other civilizations, including the western world. It brings together, along with the Louvre museum's own collection, objects coming from all parts of the world.  

Musée du Louvre
Entrance through the 'Pyramide du Louvre'
Paris 1st
Metro: Palais-Royal/Louvre
Open
: every day 9:00 to 17:30
Closed: Tuesdays
Price: 7.50 Euros before 15:00; 5.00 Euros after 15:00 and all day Sundays.
Combined ticket (permanent and temporary exhibitions): 11.50 Euros before 15:00, 9.50 Euros after 15:00 and all day Sundays.
Special ticket for the temporary exhibitions in the Napoleon Hall: 7 Euros.
Free entrance the first Sunday of each month.
Phone: 33 (0)1 40 20 51 51
Marie-Antoinette
Subject to controversy and legendary inexactitudes, Marie-Antoinette has been at best portrayed in a caricatured manner. In this exhibition, 300 works coming from all over the world depict another picture of her fascinating and ambivalent personality, starting from her life in the Schonbrunn Palace, to Versailles and the Trianon, as well as her final imprisonment in the Paris Conciergerie. 

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
3 Ave du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8th
Phone: 01 44 13 17 17
Metro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau
Open: 10:00 to 17:35
Closed: Mondays
Price: 10/11 Euros

Lovis Corinth (1858-1925)
Between Impressionism and Expressionism
Although famous in Germany as a pioneer of German Expressionism, Lovis Corinth's art is little known in France, even though he studied between 1884 and 1887 at Bouguereau's studio. Having settlled in Berlin after 1900, he took part in the Sezession group with Max Liebermann and Max Slevogt. His work covers a wide range of genres from mythological and religious to portraits and landscapes, which he expressed through paintings, drawings and engravings. His book illustrations contributed mostly to his fame.

Musée d'Orsay
62, rue de Lille/1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7th
Metro: Musée d'Orsay or Solférino

Open: 10:00 to 18:00
Thursdays until 21:45 and Sundays from 9:00 to 18:00
Closed: Mondays
Price: 8.50 Euros (Museum + temporary exhibitions).
Photography gallery, ground floor.

Information at
33 (0)1 40 49 47 50