You might think that being stood opposite the Grand Palais would give the Petit Palais something of an inferiority complex. Not so. The majestic main gate immediately sets the tone with its gold paint that shines in the sun. Size doesn’t always matter, and once you step inside you’ll see why …
Another vestige of the Universal Exposition of 1900, the building became Paris’ Museum of Fine Arts, and now houses an important and diverse collection from the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Neglected over the years, a major renovation saw it reopen in 2005 looking nothing short of splendid. The painted ceilings of the main entrance are amazing, lofty and colourful. Turn right to pay to enter the temporary exhibitions (recently Goya, Kurosawa…) if you like, but we think the permanent collection is one of Paris’ greatest bargains; the exhibits beautiful, the setting incredible and entrance is absolutely free.The museum cleverest trick - albeit controversial - is trying to mix its collection with modern art, often displaying them side by side, giving interesting juxtapositions with contemporary sculpture or even photography. Oh and their cafe is lovely, the gardens inviting, the bookshop interesting… have we convinced you yet?
How to get there
Metro 1, 9, 13 :
Champs Elysees Clemenceau & Franklin Roosevelt
RER A :
Bus 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
from the 2017-09-21 until the 2018-01-29
at the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris
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