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Paris Art StudiesApril - June 2017

 

Paris Special Exhibitions

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Tuesday 18 April, 1:30 – 3 pm: 21 rue La Boétie – Picasso, Matisse, Braque

Visit to the exhibition (23 Feb. - 2 July) at the Musée Maillol with Chris Boïcos

The exhibition 21 Rue La Boétie retraces the remarkable story of Paul Rosenberg (1881-1959), possibly the greatest art dealer of the first half of the twentieth century, and the dealer who befriended, represented and best understood Picasso from 1920 to the Second World War. The exhibition brings together sixty modern masterpieces, some of which have never been shown in France before: Works by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse and Marie Laurencin, among others. Most of the artworks on show have a direct connection to the dealer, having been shown in his galleries in Paris or New York. Combining history and art, social history and politics, the exhibition highlights a crucial time in the story of modern art, of which Paul Rosenberg was an important witness, both as an actor and a victim when he had to flee France after the German occupation in 1940.

Place: Meet at group entrance of Musée Maillol - 61, rue de Grenelle 75007

Métro: (Metro Rue du Bac, line 12)

Time: 1:15 for 1:30 pm entry. Please bring 12,50 € for the exhibition ticket and 1,50 € for the headphones (total of 14 €)

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Thursday 20 April, 10 – 11:45 am: Camille Pissarro – First of the Impressionists

Visit to the exhibition (23 Feb. - 2 July)  at the Musée Marmottan with Chris Boïcos

 

This is the first retrospective exhibition of the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) in France in 36 years. 75 major works cover all periods and aspects of Pissarro’s career. Pissarro was the oldest and most generous of the Impressionist painters, the only Jewish member of the group and a life-long anarchist and radical. He mentored both Paul Cézanne – who called him le premier des impressionistes – and Paul Gauguin, inspired Georges Seurat and befriended Paul Signac joining the Neo-Impressionist artists against the wishes of his old companions Monet and Renoir. His life-long passion was depicting the countryside and the peasants near his home in the vicinity of Pontoise, though towards the end of his life he was also celebrated for his famous views of the Paris boulevards and his early paintings of the London suburbs. This is a unique opportunity to study the works of one of the greatest members of the original Impressionist group.

 

Place: Meet by entrance of Musée Marmottan - 2, rue Louis Boilly 75016

Métro: La Muette (line 9).

Time: 9:45 for 10 am entry. Please bring 7,50 € in exact change for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (total of 9,50 €)

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Tuesday 25 April, 10:30am - 12 noon: Vermeer and the Dutch Genre Painters

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Musée du Louvre (until 22 May) with Chris Boïcos.

Organized in partnership with the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the exhibition will present some of Vermeer’s greatest worksThe Milkmaid, The Lacemaker, Young Woman with Pearls - next to those of his celebrated contemporaries: Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Caspar Netscher, and Frans van Mieris. Rather than isolating Vermeer as a unique creative genius of his time, the exhibition brings to light Vermeer’s membership in a network of painters specializing in the depiction of everyday life while admiring, inspiring, and vying with each other. Although they were painting in different cities of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, their pictures show marked similarities of style, subject, composition, and technique. It is through his knowledge of his fellow painters and in attempt to surpass them that Vermeer honed in the end the technical skills and artistic vision we so admire today.

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 58257)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps).

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am.

 

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Thursday 27 April 12:30pm – 2:15pm: Rodin – Centenary Exhibition

Visit to the exhibition (22 Mar. - 31 July) at the Grand Palais with Chris Boïcos.

 

To mark the centenary of his death, the Musée Rodin and Réunion des musées nationaux are joining forces to celebrate Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The exhibition reveals Rodin’s creative universe, his relationship with his audience and the way in which other sculptors have appropriated his style. Featuring over 200 of Rodin’s works, it also includes sculptures and drawings by Bourdelle, Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, and more contemporary artists like Joseph Beuys, Baselitz and Gormley, shedding new light on the influence the most famous French sculptor of the late 19th century had on modern sculpture through several generations.

Place: Grand Palais, avenue du General Eisenhower 75008.  Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1, 13) Time: 12 :15 for 12 :30 pm start. Please Bring 16€ for ticket and 2€ for the earphones (18€ total) in exact change. Meet in front of steps to exhibition.

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Tuesday 2 May, 1 – 2:30 pm: Camille Pissarro – First of the Impressionists

Visit to the exhibition (23 Feb. - 2 July)  at the Musée Marmottan with Chris Boïcos

 

This is the first retrospective exhibition of the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) in France in 36 years. 75 major works cover all periods and aspects of Pissarro’s career. Pissarro was the oldest and most generous of the Impressionist painters, the only Jewish member of the group and a life-long anarchist and radical. He mentored both Paul Cézanne – who called him le premier des impressionistes – and Paul Gauguin, inspired Georges Seurat and befriended Paul Signac joining the Neo-Impressionist artists against the wishes of his old companions Monet and Renoir. His life-long passion was depicting the countryside and the peasants near his home in the vicinity of Pontoise, though towards the end of his life he was also celebrated for his famous views of the Paris boulevards and his early paintings of the London suburbs. This is a unique opportunity to study the works of one of the greatest members of the original Impressionist group.

 

Place: Meet by entrance of Musée Marmottan - 2, rue Louis Boilly 75016

Métro: La Muette (line 9).

Time: 12:45 for 1 pm entry. Please bring 7,50 € in exact change for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (total of 9,50 €)

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Thursday 4 May 10:30pm – 12 noon: Walker Evans

Slide lecture on the retrospective exhibition at the Pompidou Centre (until 22 May) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Walker Evans (1903-1975) is one of the greatest American photographers of the 20th century. His photographs of the Depression years of the 1930s, his assignments for Fortune magazine in the post-war era and his “documentary“ style influenced generations of photographers and artists. His attention to everyday details and commonplace urban scenes did much to define the visual image of 20th-century American culture. Many of his photographs have become iconic. In this, the greatest retrospective of Evans’s work ever held in France, the Centre Pompidou exhibits 300 vintage prints highlighting the photographer’s recurrent concern with roadside buildings, window displays, signs, typography and faces – Evan’s passionate quest to identify the fundamental features of American vernacular culture. This is a wonderful opportunity for discovering or re-appraising the career of one of the most celebrated photographers of the American heartland at a time when America is again struggling to redefine its national identity.

 

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 58257)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps).

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am.

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Tuesday 9 May 3- 4:30 pm: Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in Poissy

A visit to an iconic masterpiece of modern architecture with Chris Boïcos.

 

Beautifully restored and refurbished in the last few years, this is probably the most famous pre-war residence built by France’s most notorious 20th century architect and theoretician of modern architecture, Charles Edouard Jeanneret, a.k.a. Le Corbusier (1887-1965). The villa Savoye is a jewel of the International modern style of the 1920’s and 30’s that looks a little like a graceful spaceship on stilts having landed on a wide green lawn in the Paris suburbs.  Remarkable for its open plan spaces, terraces, roof gardens, and functional bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms, it also affords the rare sensation of walking through a series of spaces that feel like a transparent cubist sculpture.

 

Place: Meet at the exit of the RER station Poissy on The RER A line about 30 minutes from Châtelet-les Halles, Opéra or Etoile.

Métro: Poissy RER A station

Time: Meet 2:30 pm, 15 mn walk to the villa. Please bring 8 € in exact change for the museum ticket.

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Thursday 11 May 10:30 am – 12 noon:

Beyond the Stars. The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay (until 25 June) with Chris Boïcos.

 

In the late 19th century many artists felt the need to seek a cosmic order beyond physical appearances and Realism in art, to approach the mysteries of existence and experiment with the suppression of the self in a mystical union with the cosmos… It was this mystical quest above all else that inspired the Symbolist generation and also many of the major artists of the beginning of the 20th century like Kandinsky and Mondrian. The current exhibition, organized in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, explores Post-Impressionist, Symbolist and Expressionist landscape as it emerged in the art of Paul Gauguin, Maurice Denis, Ferdinand Hodler, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Vassily Kandinsky, Eugene Jansson, Georgia O'Keeffe, Emily Carr and many more. Two major masterpieces, Gauguin’s Vision after the Sermon from Edinburgh  and Van Gogh’s Sower from Amsterdam are included in this remarkable show.

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 58257)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps).

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am.

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Monday 15 May,  11:30 am – 1 pm: Belleville - Menilmontant

A Paris city walk with Chris Boïcos.

 

This legendary working class neighborhood of eastern Paris, birthplace of Edith Piaf, is seldom visited by tourists but much appreciated by Parisians young and old.  Despite post-war modernisation much of the flavour of the early 20th century district, its hilltop views, tiny plaster- front houses, alleys, gardens, cafés, union clubs remain intact where they have been defended by vigorous neighborhood associations. A fascinating melting pot of old and new Paris, home to all immigration waves since the 19th century and now home to a young generation of Paris artists, musicians, anarchists and “bobos”.

Place: Meet in front of the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Belleville opposite Métro Jourdain 75019.

Métro: Jourdain (line 11).

Time: 11:15 for 11:30 am start.

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Monday 22 May,  11:30 am – 1 pm: Montmarte!

A Paris city walk with Chris Boïcos.

 

Home to the Paris working classes, thieves, prostitutes, poets and artists since the early 19th century, Montmartre is one of the best preserved and liveliest of Paris "villages".  We will explore its lower reaches as yet untouched by the tourist hordes, see typical tenements, studios and villas, homes to Renoir, Seurat, Van Gogh, Picasso and more, continuing to the top of the hill past the smart avenue Junot and ending in front of fromage blanc, the now iconic Paris landmark, the Sacré Coeur.

Place: Meet in front of the Moulin Rouge Music Hall on place Blanche 75018.

Métro: Blanche (line 2).

Time: 11:15 for 11:30 am start.

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Tuesday 23 May, 12 noon – 1:30 pm: 21 rue La Boétie – Picasso, Matisse, Braque

Visit to the exhibition (23 Feb. - 2 July) at the Musée Maillol with Chris Boïcos

The exhibition 21 Rue La Boétie retraces the remarkable story of Paul Rosenberg (1881-1959), possibly the greatest art dealer of the first half of the twentieth century, and the dealer who befriended, represented and best understood Picasso from 1920 to the Second World War. The exhibition brings together sixty modern masterpieces, some of which have never been shown in France before: Works by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse and Marie Laurencin, among others. Most of the artworks on show have a direct connection to the dealer, having been shown in his galleries in Paris or New York. Combining history and art, social history and politics, the exhibition highlights a crucial time in the story of modern art, of which Paul Rosenberg was an important witness, both as an actor and a victim when he had to flee France after the German occupation in 1940.

Place: Meet at group entrance of Musée Maillol - 61, rue de Grenelle 75007

Métro: (Metro Rue du Bac, line 12)

Time: 11:45 for 12 noon entry. Please bring 12,50 € for the exhibition ticket and 1,50 € for the headphones (total of 14 €)

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Wednesday 31 May 11:15 am - 12:45 pm: Musée Nissim de Camondo

A visit to the museum with decorative arts historian and museum curator Rebecca Tilles*

 

The house is a small version of the Petit Trianon built at the beginning of the century in front of the fashionable park Monceau to house the Moise de Camondo collection of 18th century French furniture, tapestry, objets d'art, porcelain, paintings and prints, one of the finest private collections of its kind in Europe. This intimate museum is a wonderful evocation not only of the 18th century, but also of the tastes of the Belle Epoque industrialists and bankers. Moise and his cousin Isaac, who collected Impressionist art, were among the greatest collectors of their era. The Camondo family was sadly wiped out in the Holocaust during the Second War.

Place: Courtyard of museum, 63 rue de Monceau 75008.

Métros: Villiers (lines) or Monceau (line 2)

Time: Meet 11 for 11:15 am start. Please bring 11 € in exact change for the museum ticket.

 

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Thursday 8 June 11:30 am – 1 pm:  Balenciaga, the « Œuvre au Noir »

A visit to the exhibition (until 16 July) with couturier and costume historian Dimitri Papalexis**

This remarkable exhibition on the œuvre of the great Paris couturier of the 1950s, the Spaniard, Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972), is part of a «Spanish season» organized outside its walls by the Paris fashion museum, the Palais Galliera.  Balenciaga’s mostly black creations take over the space of the Bourdelle sculpture museum and are juxtaposed to the white plasters throughout, in a highly original presentation. All of Balenciaga’s iconic creations of the post-war era, inspired by Spanish folklore and the prevalence of black in Spanish history – the lignes tonneau (1947), ballon (1950), semi-ajustée (1951), tunique (1955), and the celebrated robe-sac (1957) are here presented: One hundred superb models from the collections of the Palais Galliera and the archives of the Maison Balenciaga by the couturier, who Christian Dior called the “master of us all.”

Place: Meet in lobby of Musée Bourdelle, Rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015.

Métros: Falguière (line 12) and Montparnasse-Bienvenüe (lines 4,6,12,13)

Time: 11:15 for 11:30 start. Please bring 7 € in exact change for the museum ticket.

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Course Fee: 200 € for 11 sessions, 195 € for 10 sessions, 180 € for 9 sessions, 160 € for 8 sessions, 140 € for 7 sessions or 25 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees.

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or by calling Chris Boïcos on +33 (0) 686 58 98 09 and by sending a check made out to “Chris Boïcos” to Chris Boïcos, 14 boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. Museum fees are additional to course fees.

Please register for classes in advance to ensure that group visits are not full.

 

 

*Rebecca Tilles is currently a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Sussex, UK. For the past 8 years, Rebecca worked as a curatorial research associate in decorative arts and sculpture in the Art of Europe Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and assisted with the exhibitions "Symbols of Power: Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style, 1800-1815" (2007) and "Splendor and Elegance: European Decorative Arts and Drawings from the Horace Wood Brock Collection" (2009). She holds a BA in French and French Cultural Studies from Wellesley College and an MA in European Decorative Arts from The Bard Graduate Center in New York.

**Dimitri Papalexis studied in the finest fashion school in Greece the PAN-SIK School in Athens in 1986-87 and at the Maragoni School in Milan (1988). He also studied embroidery at the greatest French embroidery school, Lesage in 1998. He has taught pattern making, draping and embroidery at the PAN-SIK School in Athens and has been creating dresses for Fashion houses, television programs in Greece and an international private clientele in Paris, Monaco and the U.S.A. since 1987.  He has worked among others for Mariana Hardwick (Australia), Christophe Rouxel (Paris), Leonard and Osimar Versolato (Paris), Paul KA (Paris) Jean-Louis Scherrer (Paris), Irène Van Ryb (Paris) ,123 Créateur (Paris), Eva Kayan (Marseille) and Un Jour Ailleurs (Paris). His range of creation includes haute-couture embroideries, suits, cocktail and wedding dresses.

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Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis,  or République exit 6: boulevard Saint-Martin (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps)

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