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Andy Warhol’s “grand monde” at Paris Grand Palais

Besides the delightful and surprising exhibition Warhol TV at la Maison Rouge, the Grand Palais offers a great retrospective of Andy Warhol‘s art of portrait.


Le Grand Monde d’Andy Warhol can refer to “the large world” as well as to “high society”.

You will see no Campbell Soups, no Car Crash, no Plane Accident, and just one Coca Cola Bottle here, but a lot of faces. And among them, his own.

andy-warhol-autoportraitsSelf Portrait 1966

“I paint myself to remind me that I am still here”.


Self Portrait “Fright Wig” 1986.  He will die a year later.

One of his first works on modern icons status is his well known series of Marylin, initiated in 1962, shortly after Monroe’s death.


Nine Marylins circa 1962

brigitte-bardot_warholBrigitte Bardot, 1974

Movie stars, show business stars, heavy make up, artifice,  staring eyes, shallowness, spleen…


One of the Mick Jagger series (circa 1970)


One of the Debbie Harris series 1980.

Warhol wished that all his portrait had the same scale, so that they could be put together, and form one single painting called “portrait of  society”…And  maybe someday   Metropolitan Museum would want to bye it…

Actually, the Met bought some.


A tribute to Man Ray .

Do take time to watch and listen to Warhol’s filmed “letter to Man Ray”, it’s perfect : dandysm, humour, respect, and art of rpetition (on Christmas menu theme).

The exhibition’s plan divides portraits in different themes, and one room is dedicated to glamour, and portraits of fashion designers, like Gorgio Armani :


and also a 1974 series of Yves Saint-Laurent’s portraits, property of Pierre Bergé Collection. But you will not see these. Pierre Bergé was offended that Saint-Laurent would be mixed with fashion designers,  instead of being shown in the artists room, and he had these removed. Which is a bit offending too, for fashion designers first, after all Yves Saint Laurent might have been a great art collector, but his real art was in designing great clothes. And it’s a pity for us too.

Anyway, its a great exhibition, and it’s a big success as it has just started,  so it’s better to make a reservation.


Le grand Monde d’Andy Warhol Grand Palais Metro Champs Elysées -Clémenceau, up to 2009 July 13, everyday except Tuesday, 10 AM to 10 PM, but 10 AM to 8 PM on Thursday. Entrance €11.

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Andy Warhol’s TV in Paris Maison Rouge

Spring 2009 in Paris will be focused on Andy Warhol, and before a large monographic exhibition opening on March 18 in Paris Grand-Palais, the Maison Rouge presents Warhol’s work for television.

ext-maison-rouge-web From 1973 up to his death in 1987, Warhol had an intense production of different works on television. Marcel Duchamp, who appears in a screentest, created a neologism to describe it :  “Warhol n’est ni un cinéaste ni un peintre, c’est un filmeur” ( …”is neither a filmmaker nor a painter, but a “filmer”)

Besides screentests, Warhol started by making fake soap operas with real commercials, and eventually played for commercials …

andy-warhol-tvTDK commercial in 1982.

He filmed dragqueens performing, and routine inside a New York police precinct, as well endless fashionshows, that you can watch at demultiplicated…


and also stars in kind of slapsticks, with special effects, like his head diseppears, and in the next shot is lying on the floor, cut off from his body, and speaking.

warhol-tvjpgHere on one screen, he looks at his body standing without head in the middle of a street.

equipe-warhol Above : Andy Warhol and his crew Don Munrow, Vincent Fremont, Jay Sriver and Sue Etkin, photographed in New York in 1985.

He  produced interviews with art celebrities, and his series Fifteen Minutes from his well known quote “everyone will have his fifteen minutes celebrity”.

warhol-basquiatAndy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat in Andy Warhol’s TV #9, 1983

He appears in various TV programms, and you can  lie on soft pillows and watch on two old television sets (the way he enjoyed to look at television) the episode of the series Loveboat where he plays his own character.

A really fun, sometimes moving, and really intersting exhibition. It has a great catalog, that you can buy at the bookshop next door for €9,90, or order on :


La Maison Rouge, 10 boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris 33(0)1 40 01 94 37. Open Wednesday to Sunday 11AM to 7 Pm, up to 9PM on Thursday. All information on


Exhibition Warhol TV up to May 3, entrance €7.

Emil Nolde in Paris Grand-Palais : a splendid exhibition

The other event of this 2008 fall in Paris Grand-Palais is the first monogaphic exhibition dedicated to Emil Nolde. It has suffered a bit from the overwhelming success of Picasso and the Masters shown next door. The good thing about it is that it is really easy to get in, and not to crowded inside.


Anyway, if you are in Paris, don’t miss this opportunity of discovering the importance and the singularity of this artist of an exceptional longevity, who appears to be the greatest modern German painter.

couple-sur-la-plageZwei am Meerstrand (Couple on the beach) 1903 Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

emilnodewhitetreeWhite Trees Trunks 1908, Brücke Museum Berlin

emil-nodedetailDetail of White Tree Trunks

What strikes first is the explosion of vivid colors in his paintings, and then the variety of his inspiration and the return of major themes.

au-cafeIm Café, 1911, Museum Folkwang, Essen

Nights of the swinging and decadent Berlin of early  twentieth century.

nolde_cabaret_smallPublikum im Cabaret (Audience at Music-Hall), 1911,Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

Dance and movement.

ronde-endiableeWildanzende Kinder (wild dancing children) 1909, Kunshalle zu Kiehl

nolde_danse_macabreder Tod als Tänzerin (Death dancing) etching, 1918, Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

Fantasy, nightmares and Tales

nolde_enfant_smallKind und Grosse Vogel (Child and big bird) 1912, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Spirituality, legends and religion.

la-vie-du-christdas Leben Christi (Life of Christ) 1911/1912 Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

crucifixionCentral pannel, Crucifixion.

Of course, Church establishement hated it, but he kept on.

nolde_tombeau_small Grablegung (burial) 1915, Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

The wild see, as in the exhibition’s poster

nuages-deteSommerwolken (summer clouds) 1913, Museo Thyssen-Bornemizsa, Madrid

Sky and lanscapes.

crepusculeVorabend (Sunset) 1916 Kunsmuseum, Basel

nolde_hambourg_small1 Hamburg 1910, engraving, Nolde Stiftung Seebüll.

His travels

deux-russesZwei Russen II, 1915, MoMA New York.

He lived and worked throughout two Worldwars without fighting in any – he was to old, already 47 in 1914. He joined National Socialism, though his works were exhibited as degenerate art, and thus either sold or burnt. In 1941, he was even forbidden to paint and watched by Gestapo, but he stood in Germany, home, working secretly at his unpainted images, over 1000 in watercolor. After the war, he was rehabilitated, and resumed painting up to 1951, when he broke his arm, but went on with watercolor works up to his death in 1956, at the age of 89.

Emil Nolde 1867-1956, up to January 19,  everyday except Tuesday 10 AM to 8 PM, up to 10 PM on Wednesday, Price € 10, Galerie Nationale du Grand-Palais, avenue Churchill, 7508 Paris  Metro Champs-Elysées -Clémenceau, tel 33(0)1 44 13 17 17.

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4 choices in Paris Centre Pompidou # 4 : Damian Ortega,” Champ de Vision”

Whatever you’ve been visiting in Centre Pompidou, don’t leave without entering Collection Espace 315, in the South part of the Museum, to discover an installation by Mexican artist Damian Ortega.


The whole room is filled with light curtains made of translcucent circles in vivid primary colors.


People can go along the path between each row of hanging colored discs , in this light and gay environment.


In the middle of the white back wall, there is a tiny hole, and one can go behind the wall.


and like this little boy, you can look at the room through the hole. And what do you see?


Through the spy glass, you see an eye looking at you, an eye made of all the colored discs which seemed disposed at random.

That’s why the installation is called Champ de Vision (field of vision). It’s fun, it’s bright. And though it’s number four, it is certainly not my last choice.

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Damian Ortega, Champ de Vision, up to February 9, everyday except Tuesday  11 AM to 9 PM, up to 11 PM on Thursdays, Centre Pompidou, Collection Espace 315. One day ticket for one visit to permanent collection and all temporary exhibitions. Free under 18.

Centre Pompidou, place Georges Pompidou, 75001 Paris Metro Rambuteau or Hotel de Ville. Tel 33(0)1 44 78 12 33. More information on

4 choices in Paris Centre Pompidou #3 : Ron Arad, No Discipline

This new alternative in Centre Pompidou is located in the South part of the museum  – on the right side entering the building.  South gallery is showing a monographic exhibition of architect and designer Ron Arad.


The exhibition’s title might have two meanings,  the one relating to no order, and the other relating to the concept of mixing all types of work and all fields of experiment.


Ron Arad himself has designed the setting and the presentation of over two hundred pieces he has created, from the eighties to scale models of future buildings.


From the entrance, you are immersed in a colorful dreamy universe filled with round forms.


a ring of round armchairs in front of videos of architectural realizations.


And if you look closer, you get in a single piece the same sense of colorful merry-go-round.


Mirrors and ground projections intensify this feeling.


Same tone and shapes in this stairway to dreams


and in this lamp hanging from the ceiling.


The exhibition’s room have glass doors opening to the outside, and one charm is also that Ron Arad‘s world fits perfectly with the Museum’s surroundings and architecture.



And as the rooms are located on the groundfloor, after leaving, it’s quite facinating to look at parts of the exhibition through the windows, with the outside reflected on the glass.



Ron Arad, No Discipline, up to March 12, everyday except Tuesday from 11 AM to 9 PM, up to 11 PM on Thursday. Centre Pompidou, South Gallery, level 1. Entrance ticket € 12 opens for one day the gate of the permanent collection and all temporary exhibitions.

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Centre Pompidou, place Georges Pompidou 75001 Paris, metro Rambuteau or Hotel de Ville Tel :33(0)1 44 78 12 33.

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4 choices in Paris Centre Pompidou #2 : Jacques Villeglé “la comédie urbaine”

Another alternative to the permanent collection and Futurism in Paris is on the upper level of  Paris Centre Pompidou. Enter next door to Futurism, and enjoy the Urban Comedy by Jacques Villeglé.

Since the late 1940s, he’s been using a single material, street posters, and one technique, put these on canvas and torn the paper. His work is a record of events and changes of urban society, with a critical, esthetical and playful mood.

la-femmela Femme, rue Desprez et Vercingétorix,(Paris 75014) 1966, March 13.

All of his works have their own title and mention the name of the street and the day the poster was found. He uses previous alterations to the original poster and plays with typography as well as with color.


Since the last decade, he’s been working with a group of friends, collecting posters in cities of South France. Don’t miss the two films shown in the exhibition, particularly the one including an interview of the artist, who appears as a charming old man, very simple and elegant, with a soft voice and a lot of humor.

And do visit his great personal site : It takes you into a delightful virtual journey in Jacques Villeglé‘s urban poetic universe.

Jacques Villeglé, la comédie urbaine, up to January 5, everyday except Tuesday from 11 AM to 9 PM, up to 11 PM on thursday. Galerie 2, level 6, Centre Pompidou. Price € 12 for one day, entry to the permanent collection and all temporary exhibitions.

Centre Pompidou, place Georges Pompidou, 75001 Paris Metro Rambuteau or Hotel de Ville. Tel : 33(0)1 44 78 12 33. More information on :

4 choices in Paris Centre Pompidou : #1 “Futurism in Paris”

Besides its magnificient and very well presented permanent collection of modern Art, Centre Pompidou proposes different exhibitions. With a single ticket, you may visit the whole museum and temporary exhibitions, but I would not recommend to do it all in one day.

The largest of the current temporary exhibitions of 2008 fall is called Futurism in Paris, an explosive avant-garde.


It’s located in the large gallery on the upper floor up of the Museum, and shows 200 works and documents related to this artistic and ideological adventure, who began with the Futurism Manifesto written by Italian poet Filippo Tomasso, and published a century ago in French newspaper le Figaro.

une-figaro First page of the1909 February 20 edition of the Figaro.

The first room shows a great nude by Picasso and beautiful Braque paintings, as representations of Cubism, against which Futurists stood, though they owed it a lot.

exp-boccioniQuelli che vanno (Those who are leaving) by Umberto Boccioni,1911 ( New York MoMA)

This is one part of this artist’s beautiful tryptic Statu d’animu (1911), also represented on the exhibition’s billboard.

carlo-carrathe funerals of the anarchist Gali by Carlo Carrà, 1910/1911 (New York MoMA)

The exhibition also explores the Futurism Movements in other countries, like Russia.

larionov-xlSunny Day by Michaïl Larionov 1913/1914 (Centre Pompidou Paris)

The abstraction and the Suprematism of Kasimir Malevich :

black_circleBlack Circle, Kasimir Malevich 1913 (Russian Museum of St Petersburg)

And also English Vorticism and French Section d’or, with Marcel Duchamp‘s famous painting Nu descendant l’escalier #2,1912, (Philadelphia Museum of Art). Duchamp described it as “the Cubist interpretation of the Futurist formula.”


My favourite representant of French Futurism is Valentine de Saint-Point who wrote a Woman’s Futurist Manifesto (1911) in reaction to the Italian Futurists misoginy, and a Futurist Manifesto of lust,  (1912) . Quote :” Lust is the carnal search for the unknown”.

Le Futurisme à Paris, une Avant-Garde explosive, up to January 26 Centre Pompidou, Gallery 1, Level 6, everyday except Tuesday 11 to 21, up to 23 on Thursday. Entrance €12 for a day, for all that’s going on in the museum. Free entrance under 18.

Centre Pompidou, place Georges Pompidou, 75001 Paris, Metro Rambuteau and Hotel de Ville. Tel 33(0)1 44 78 12 33.

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