This atypical museum is set in the beautiful and expansive bourgeois town house of Édouard André and his wife Nélie Jacquemart, built towards the end of the 19th Century. An art collector married to a painter, their private collection – including a large selection of Renaissance art - grew quickly and soon they set about organising their large home in order to display it.
When Édouard died in 1894, Nélie finished off their work and bequeathed the house, grounds and – of course – art to the Institut de France, stipulating that it be turned into a museum and opened to the public. The place is unchanged since 1913, and worth a visit as much for the grand rooms and lush furnishings as for the collection itself.
Thanks to his creativity in producing some of the best fashion and still life photography, the American photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) succeeded to make a name for himself throughout the world at a very early stage of his career.
His works were on so many occasions featured in Vogue magazine and also used for advertisement for renowned clients such as Clinique and Issey Miyake.
Until January 29th, 2018, the Galeries nationales of the Grand Palais will be presenting, in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, a grand exhibition of Penn’s most wonderful and interesting photographs to celebrate the centennial of his birth. It holds a remarkable selection of his works that retraces his career, life, and passions.
Simplicity and elegance, two of the major characteristics of the artist’s style are shown to the audiences at the museum through more than 235 photographic prints, amazing drawings, and paintings.
Nudes, beauty, still life, cigarettes, fashion, and debris, all of these different genres are highlighted in the exhibition. So, don't miss it!
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France