Great Exhibitions

My European travels meant I saw a lot of great art. Here are some of the fabulous shows and museums I checked out that I havent yet posted about:

Picasso 1932 – Annee Erotique @ the Picasso Museum Paris: A wonderful retrospective of all the Picasso produced in just one year: 1932. Crazy how quickly he worked. to all of you in London, it’s coming to the Tate next.  Some of the pictorial highlights:

Following the Picasso theme, Picasso on the Beach at the Peggy  Guggenheim in Venice was small but impactful. One of those fully complete shows that give lots of context.

The Peggy Guggenheim in Venice: A beautiful house by the banks of the canal. A short museum that one can see in an hour but which houses some beautiful modern art. The views from the house are superb. Also this was probably, with the Picasso in Paris, the best-managed and organized museum I went to. Kudos to them.

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My favorite Museum is the Orsay, and a visit to Paris is not complete without a visit

Whilst I was there, The Orsay was having its temporary exhibitionDegas, Danse, Dessin. A Tribute to Degas with Paul Valéry. I love Degas so this was a must. Although a little bit cramped in its presentation, the amount of work and information was impressive, and one can never go wrong with Degas

Foundation Louis Vuitton – More than for the current exhibit I wanted to go see the building. It did not disappoint. It is another architectural marvel from Frank Ghery and th views from the city are superb. THe current exhibition is Being Modern: MOMA in Paris, which was impressive in the amount of art that was brought from NY to Paris but having been to the MOMA multiple times it didn’t rock my world. But go for the building!

Sadly the exhibit I most wanted to go, The Dior exhibit at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs I left with a ticket but without going inside. It was nuts to have to wait more than an hour in line when you already have a ticket. The crazy people lining up for 6 hours – who are they?

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