Paris is wonderful at most times of year, but August can be a particularly good time to visit, with the weather is at its best and the streets less crowded. If is perfect for getting out and about on foot, enjoying the sights, and stopping now and then at one of the many inviting outdoor cafés and restaurants. In addition, this August, there is an exceptional choice of great exhibitions to visit – we particularly recommend the following:
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior with a sumptuous exhibition, spread over a huge 3000m2 of space, covering not only Christian Dior, but also his successors: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri. Alongside the dresses is a comprehensive display of atelier toiles and fashion photographs, as well as hundreds of documents, including illustrations, sketches, documentary photographs, letters and fashion accessories, paintings, furniture and objets d’art. Various rooms capture different settings – a boudoir, a garden, a gallery and a street – culminating in a vast recreation of the Hall of Mirrors at the Palais de Versailles. Until 7th January 2018.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, 1e. Metro: Tuileries or Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre.
The Musée de Montmartre, and the Cinémathèque Française, have come together to create an exhibition dedicated to Paris’s involvement in world cinema, and is a must to visit for film enthusiasts. In the world of art, cinema and entertainment, Montmartre is undoubtedly one of the most famous areas of Paris, and this exhibition immerses us in many of cinema’s favourite Parisian locations …the Moulin Rouge, Place Pigalle, Sacré-Cœur and the steps of Montmartre. Including films from the early 1900’s to 2010, and with use of video installations, film posters and scripts, visitors will move through time via film – from English language films such as An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli, 1951) to Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, 2010); to French masterpieces Baisers volés (Truffaut, 1968) to Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001) – all of which pay homage to this fascinating area of Paris. Until 14th January 2018.
Musée de Montmartre, 14 rue Cortot, 18e, Metro: Montmartre
This exhibition looks at the relationship between the artist and his first wife, Russian dancer Olga Khokhlova, who met the painter in 1917 while on tour with the Russian Ballet, before marrying him a year later. During the early years of their relationship, Olga was the perfect model, with her pensive, almost melancholy poses representing a return to clean, figurative portraiture for Picasso. Then after the birth of their son in 1921, she depicted motherly softness in his family portraits. Another change to Picasso’s style occurred when the painter met the 17-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter, the woman who would soon become his mistress. The couple separated for good in 1935 but remained legally married until Olga’s death in 1955. The exhibition takes us through these happy and sad years, offering a selection of paintings, drawings, written and photographic archives that detail this complex relationship. Until 3rd September.
Musée Picasso, 5 rue Thorigny, Paris, 3e. Metro: Saint-Paul, Saint-Sébastien-Froissart or Chemin Vert.
To mark the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin, the Musée National Rodin has given the contemporary German artist Anselm Kiefer free reign to pay homage to the great sculptor. Having studied Rodin’s work, Keifer presents his pieces as a modern interpretation of Rodin’s achievements, and the similarity between the two artists’ work is made wonderfully clear throughout the exhibition. Both artists exude an instinctive originality, and drawn by Rodin’s sculpture style, notably the stone monuments following Rodin’s discovery of ‘Les Cathédrales de France’, Kiefer has created a stunning series of entirely unprecedented displays. His portrayal of the cathedrals, highlights the grandeur and fragility of the materials. Until 2nd September 2017.
Musée National Rodin, Hotel Biron, 79 rue de Varenne, 7th. Metro: Varenne
This unique and imaginative exhibition depicts the most famous works of Van Gogh projected on screen on a massive scale. Each is accompanied by music, including Mozart, Bach and Eric Satie, creating a spectacular audio-visual experience. The most minute details of ‘Sunflowers’, for example, can be enjoyed along with many more projections of the artist’s paintings and letters. This feat of technology by the creators, Annabelle Mauger et Julien Baron, along with the music, enables the viewer able to feel the creative emotions of the artist. This show has appeal for every age group because “the viewer is encouraged to make his own way around the installations – and imagine his Van Gogh.” Until 10th September 2017.
Grande Hall de la Villette, 211 avenue Jean Jaures, 19th. Metro: Porte de Pantin
During the summer, the history of Les Invalides is being shown in a magnificent sound and light show. From the creation of the Roman city of Lutetia, to modern Paris, the history of 2,000 years of the city’s history is portrayed in a monumental multimedia show, projected onto the walls of the building. The great figures of the colourful history of Paris including Napoléon, Charles de Gaulle and Louis XIV, are revealed in an informative narrative in French (on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) or in English (on Monday and Thursday). This is the fifth year of this summer event and promises to provide an even more immersive experience and, utilising the full extent of Invalides’s majesty, the 180-degree projection covers over 250 metres of the building’s façade. Until 2nd September 2017.
Les Invalides, 15 Rue du Gros Caillou, Paris 75007. Metro: Varenne, La Tour Maubourg or Ecole Militaire.
We still have good availability for August dates at some of our most beautiful apartments in central Paris, including …
This truly stunning, newly renovated, 3 bedroom apartment is in an elegant Parisian building that is part of the original Palais Royal, dating back to the 17th Century. It is located directly on the gardens of the historic Palais Royal and a short walk from the Louvre Museum.
This newly refurbished 2 bedroom apartment is situated just behind the Avenue Champs Elysées. It is tucked away in a quiet little street away from the crowds, yet just a couple minutes’ walk from the metro Georges V. The apartment is on the 6th floor (with lift access) and overlooks Paris from a 20 square foot terrace.
A luxurious and traditional 2-bedroom apartment in a wonderful location, in the heart of St. Germain. You will be surrounded by charming Parisian cafés, restaurants, bars and boutiques. The Seine river is also close by and, across it, the Louvre museum and Tuileries Gardens.
This lovely 1 bedroom apartment is ideally located for enjoying the fashionable Marais neighbourhood, characterized by its charming original shop frontages, delightful old buildings and winding streets. The apartment directly overlooks a courtyard with trees on one side. The interiors are filled with natural light, with very high ceilings and tall windows, with the warm grey and white colours lending both a sophisticated and calm ambience.