What’s on in Paris This April?
17 March 2016
Discover the Secrets Behind the New Musée de L’Homme and Admire Beautiful Sculptures at the Musée Picasso
Though renowned for its ancient monuments and historical heritage, the French capital is also a city of change and modernity. This year, the Musée de l’Homme is reopening after a six year closure for restoration. With its outstanding views on the Eiffel Tower and its geometrical, stone structure, it is one of Paris’ most characteristic museums. This April, the venue is presenting an exhibition that retraces every step of its renovation – Chroniques d’une renaissance, which translates to “Chronicles of a rebirth”. Visitors can learn more about the Musée de l’Homme’s new themes, discover what went on behind-the-scenes and explore how it metamorphosed into a more contemporary venue. On another hand, and in another arrondissement, intriguing sculptures are attracting guests from all over Paris. The Musée Picasso is exhibiting the master’s creations made of stone that once shocked the world of art, to show his lesser known (though equally extraordinary) talent.
From a refurbished institution to creations by one of the most revolutionary artists of the 20th century, Paris’ exhibitions will seduce anyone seeking to learn more about art and design.
Chroniques d’une renaissance
Until 13th June
Overlooking the Eiffel Tower for over a century from the Place du Trocadero, the Musée de l’Homme and its rounded, square-columned façade have been witnessing history as much as acting in it; it was home of one of the most important Résistance networks during WWII. Today, and after six years of restoration work, the museum is reopening its doors to the public with Chronique d’une Renaissance.
While walking through its vast rooms, visitors will discover a film projected on a 30 metre high screen, showing the museum’s transformation. They will explore its role through the years with a huge, chronological fresco unveiling its scientific and institutional heritage. And they’ll discover 100 objects carefully chosen to represent our species according to three themes: the human body, humans in their natural environment and humans in society.
A journey through the history of mankind, Chroniques d’une Renaissance aims to please both those who were a fan of the old museum and who are happy to give it a second life.
Until 28th August
Though one of the 20th century’s most influential painters, Pablo Picasso was also a talented sculptor. As asymmetrical and abstract as the artist’s canvas, his sculptures seem to come directly from his dreams. Each intriguing, geometrical piece depicts simple scenes of the animal and human world whilst still applying the Surrealist, Cubist codes that made their success.
From the Tête de Femme series representing several women’s faces with exaggerated, rounded traits to Baboon and Young, the Musée Picasso has gathered 70 creations lent by a variety of leading galleries, such as New York’s MoMA. Visitors can look forward to admiring these contemporary wonders in the 17th century-styled museum’s intimate, immaculate rooms. Located in the heart of Le Marais, it also offers the chance to enjoy a walk in the trendy neighbourhood after visiting the exhibition…
Whether you’re a history enthusiast or fan of modern art, this April’s exhibitions will be ideal to visit during a cultural break in Paris.
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