You’re in Paris for the summer and don’t know what to choose from the multitude of possible visits? It’s not surprising. To understand Paris and seize the essence of the City of Lights, there’s nothing like taking a stroll, during the day or at night, to learn more about the monuments which have made the city famous and which offer a plunge into the history of Paris. To guide you through the wealth of historical and cultural treasures in the French capital, we have selected five key places to discover during your stay.
#1 : Roy Lichtenstein Exhibition at the Pompidou Center
From Wednesday, July 3, 2013 to Monday, November 4, 2013 10a.m. – 9 p.m. at – 19 rue Beaubourg 75008 Paris – Rambuteau station (line 11) – centrepompidou.com
Considered as the great master of American painting, Roy Lichtenstein did not limit himself to his role as the leader of Pop Art. He was also one of the most imaginative experimenters with matter and an inventor of icons. Through a corpus of one hundred twenty-four paintings, sculptures and prints, the Pompidou Center is now celebrating a pioneering artist with an exceptional artistic career. Along with the enlargements of cartoons and advertising images and the use of items of everyday consumption, which make up the most well-known part of his work, the presentation places the accent on an impressive re-reading of modern art, from Picasso to Cézanne. The exhibition, which was made possible with the assistance of the Tate Modern in London, covers the entire body of work by Roy Lichtenstein and attempts to reveal the atypical approach of this unconventional artist.
#2 : Leonardo da Vinci: Projects, Drawings, Machines at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
To August 18, 2013 – Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – 30, avenue Corentin Cariou – 75019 Paris from Tuesday to Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) – Corentin Cariou station (line 7) – cite-sciences.com
Just where did Leonardo da Vinci find the inspiration for drawing his incredible machines?
A courtier at the side of Francis I and a Renaissance painter and musician, Leonardo da Vinci was also famous as a scientist and engineer with an insatiable imagination. All summer long, you and your family can follow the path of this dreamer who, in his Clos Lucé country manor, revolutionized the techniques of his time and designed the forerunners of our modern machines. This temporary exhibition is especially entertaining and is built around the magnificent collection of the Museo Nazionale della Scienza in Milan, bringing together the full-scale models made in Italy according to drawings from the master’s well-known notebooks.
#3 : A Pleasant Promenade: 400th Anniversary of the Birth of André Le Nôtre in the Tuileries Garden in Paris
From Saturday, May 25, 2013, to Monday, September 30, 2013 Tuileries Station (Line 1)
Summer 2013 is dedicated to Le Nôtre
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of André le Nôtre, the Louvre Museum has organized a series of events to glorify the genius and ambition of this exceptional landscape artist.
The official gardener of Louis XIV, he was requested by Queen Catherine de Medici, who passionately loved gardens, to build a large park for holding sumptuous celebrations that would adorn the Royal Tuileries Palace. The Tuileries Garden is still the oldest and most extensive public garden in Paris and is thus a choice area for a stroll through greenery in the heart of Paris between the Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde. For the occasion, the garden features signing which gives information on Le Nôtre’s main elements of composition and the means at his disposal in the seventeenth century for creating the French-style garden from the ground up.
#4 : Fountains Night Show – Château de Versailles
Every Saturday from July 20 to September 14, 2013 in the Château de Versailles – RER C direction Versailles Château (25 minutes from the Invalides station) – chateauversailles.com
Discover another aspect of the most majestic of royal residences. Built in 1682 by Mansart at the request of Louis XIV to reveal the grandeur of the French monarchy to Europe, the Château de Versailles is a vestige of monarchical splendor and one of the masterpieces of French architecture. It is an indispensible visit for all those who love history and the outdoors. After crossing the Hall of Mirrors or strolling through the King’s apartments, we suggest you spend some time in the parks and gardens which have made the Château’s reputation. When night falls, they become a magical pathway, where basins and copses sparkle with water and color, making the castle gleam with a thousand sparkles. Nighttime visits are possible every Saturday from July 20 to September 14, 2013 (the fountains are turned on at 9 p.m.).
#5 : Keith Haring : The Political Line at Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris
From Friday, April 19 to Sunday, August 18, 2013 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris 11 avenue du président Wilson 75016 Paris – Alma Marceau station (ligne 9)/ Pont de l’Alma station(RER C) – mam.com
Until August 18, 2013, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris highlights a less familiar aspect of the work of Keith Haring. One of the most well-known artists of his time (1958-1990), Haring is still a symbolic figure of Street Art, who stands out for his incomparable style and enigmatic signs. However, his subway wall paintings, paintings and sketches are not without commitment; behind their characteristic aesthetic, they were meant to deliver a strong message in favor of social justice, the march toward modernity and the combat against AIDS. We invite you to discover this important retrospective on the “Radiant Baby” artist, where over one hundred works from international museums are shown together.