Part of the Natural History Museum, although on a completely different site, the “Museum of Man” is currently thinking about how it can reinvent itself for the 21st Century. Indeed, much of what it could show is partly dealt with by other, newer Parisian institutions (such as Quai Branly), although it does try to make the most of some special items in its collection, such as its famous crystal skull (as seen in Indiana Jones).
The mooted project includes Man's prehistory, anthropology and ethnology, although whether this will draw crowds is a subject for debate.
For the moment the library has been renovated, showing that this is a place for serious, scientific study. It will be interesting to see what changes are made there over the next few years... and what they say about Man.
The Grand Palais will be hosting the modern and contemporary art fair better known as “Artparis” this April...
On this occasion, it will showcase the work of a hundred of the most vibrant French and foreign galleries that appear to be particularly representative of the international modern and contemporary art market.
Retaining its modern-contemporary slant, this significant Parisian art event offers a comprehensive overview of modern art from the 1900s onwards while also featuring a wide range of works by major contemporary artists, French or resident in France, and up-and-coming young artists representing the current French art scene.
“Artparis” brings together about a hundred French and foreign galleries from 14 countries under the glass roof of the Grand Palais over a five-day period.
For this edition, artparis will present a thematic exhibition, specifically dedicated to China Contemporary arts.
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