The best exhibitions of the summer in Paris for your enjoyment

Exhibitions & Museum

The best exhibitions of the summer in Paris, is the theme chosen by the Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants for our recommendations this time around. Last time we told you about some fabulous festivals, but now we would like to delve into the world of culture and art as we are truly excited by the exhibitions on offer this summer. Paris is unmatched when it comes to thoughtful, intelligently presented and thoroughly absorbing exhibitions.

First, we invite you to step into the world famous Louvre. This former royal residence has been a museum since the 17th century and today houses around 380,000 items including, of course, the Mona Lisa. Originally constructed as a Beaux Arts railway station, the Orsay Museum now holds a fabulous collection of mostly French art from 1848 to 1915, and is presenting a major retrospective of a key figure from that period. Finally, you may not be familiar with the Arab World Institute, but you will most certainly have heard of the almost legendary mode of transport which currently stands before it! Read on…

The Mysterious Power of Masks

Since ancient times masks have held a certain power over the imagination. What they reveal is at least as important as that which they conceal. Greek tragedy, Italian comedy, death masks, theatrical masks, masked balls; all the manifestations of contrivances that serve to conceal the face are explored throughout art, history and fiction in a new and enthralling exhibition at the Louvre. Masques, Mascarades and Mascarons offers around a hundred examples pertaining to the theme, including paintings, drawings and sculpture, from June 19th to September 22nd at the Louvre.

The Exquisite Sculptures of Carpeaux

The creator of such magnificent sculptures as The Seasons Turning the Celestial Sphere and The Triumph of Flora is the subject of a major new retrospective from June 24th to September 28th at the Orsay Museum. Born in 1827, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux went to Rome to study the works of such greats as Michelangelo and Donatello, but gradually moved away from the classical tradition, seeking his inspiration in the world around him. Although his career was relatively short, his work proved hugely popular during the time of the Second Empire and his genius remains readily apparent today.

The Golden Age of Travel

The very mention of the name Orient Express evokes images of an era of luxurious and leisurely travel. On June 5th 1883 this iconic service departed from the Gare de l’Est in Paris to make its maiden journey to Vienna. The following year the route was extended to Istanbul. The golden age that followed is the subject of Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express, an exhibition presented until August 31st on the forecourt of the Arab World Institute. There, an original locomotive, along with three carriages and a dining car, have been set up to present a display of still and moving images and sounds, recreating the ambience of the journey. A further display of archival material and information is presented inside the institute.

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Masques, Mascarades and Mascarons : from June 19th to September 22nd
Louvre Museum, Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1e
Tel.: 0033 (0)1 40 20 53 17
Metro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre, lines 1 and 7
page en Anglais non disponible

Carpeaux (1827-1875), a Sculptor for the Empire : from 24 June – 28 September 2014
Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7e
Tel. 0033 (0)1 40 49 48 14
Metro : Solferino or Assemblée Nationale, line 12
Once upon a time Orient Express : up to 31 august 2014

Institut du Monde Arabe : 1, rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Place Mohammed-V, Paris 5th
Tel. 0033 (0)1 40 51 38 38
Metro : Jussieu, line 7 - Cardinal Lemoine, line 10

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Picture "Ugolino and His Sons by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1860), Paris, Petit Palais" copyright holder : Photographer Marie Lan Nguyen - Wikimedia public domain

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