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 2017-07-01 until the 2017-08-31
By Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
You are invited to visit Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s exposition, in which he unveils some of his best new creations that were made specially to celebrate his career's fourteenth anniversary.
Held at the Mannerheim Gallery, until July 31st, 2017, the exhibition presents 40 passages that the artist has modelled and painted, with a utopian and dreamlike style. This exhibition of drawings and collages presents 40 women in a passage to the unknown.
Through his 40-year-fashion-career, de Castelbajac has managed to tell stories through his various works, something that significantly contributed to making him one of the most renowned fashion designers today.
As for the content of this display, it features unique “human paintings” in the series of drawings in which the clothes, bodies, and skins have been appropriated.
After using art in his fashion creations, today this creative artist puts fashion into his art, emphasizing on how these two fields are actually interrelated.