A new free exhibition has just started in Paris. It is called: ‘Art Liberté – du Mur de Berlin au Street Art’ and takes place in the Gare de l’Est which is the Parisian train station from which depart most of the trains towards Germany. The exhibition is focused on three different ways to discover the Berlin Wall, all three exhibited in and around the Gare de l’Est.
On the square in front of the station: 30 original pieces of the Berlin Wall and 3 Trabant (The mythical car of the GDR) have been painted especially for the exhibition by famous international street artists. Among those artists Thierry Noir is the first one to have painted on the ‘wall of shame’ in 1984… causing the growth of street art in Europe in the eighties.
Inside the station: Pictures of the works painted on the Berlin Wall during the eighties are exhibited in the Hall d’Alsace where one can also see a movie called ‘Ephemère’ telling about the history of the Wall.
In the rue d’Alsace, on the west side of the station: a mural painting which is 47 meters long has been made by the same street artists and will stand there for a couple of years and not only for the duration of the exhibition.
Everything is colourful, free and really worth the visit! Until 8 July 2015 in the Gare de l’Est in Paris.
The Grand Palais in Paris has been offering since yesterday a major exhibition of the works of the famous Spanish painter Diego Velazquez (1599-1660). This is the first time that an exhibition devoted to Velazquez has been organized in France and it is an opportunity not to be missed for Parisian people to see the works of this artist as the Louvre doesn’t own any of his paintings! I visited the exhibition this morning and here is my first advice: Do not get there without an advanced booking. The exhibition has just started and there is already a long queue and a waiting time estimated to two hours for those who have not bought their ticket in advance. Continue reading Velazquez Exhibition in Paris: A Must-see until 13 July!
The Hotel de Ville organizes regularly free exhibitions on the theme of Paris. Those exhibitions take place in one of the main halls of the building and are the opportunity at once to see a quality exhibition for free and to enter the beautiful town hall of Paris.
After Doisneau in 2012 or Brassai in 2014 the current exhibition is called Paris Magnum and presents photographies taken in Paris by the photographers of the prestigious agency. It shows the history of Paris through pictures from the Popular Front in 1936 until today, all taken by famous artists as Robert Capa, Herbert List, Marc Riboud, Raymond Depardon, … The liberation of Paris in 1944 or the demonstrations in May 1968 are beautifully and copiously illustrated. In addition to that black and white portaits of André Malraux, Gérard Philippe, Serge Gainsbourg, … are really not to be missed.
The exhibition has just been extended until 25 April ; all the more reason for visiting it !
Practical information : Monday to Saturday – from 10.00 till 18.30 – 5 rue Lobau 75004 Paris – Metro Hôtel de Ville (lines 1, 11) – free admission