November-December 2018

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Paris Special Exhibitions, November – December 2018

 

Monday 5 November, 10:30 am – 12 Noon: The Cruel Stories of Paula Rego

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie (until 14 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos

 

The only woman artist in the London Group, Paula Rego set herself apart with her strongly figurative, literary, and incisive paintings and prints. Born in Lisbon in 1935, Paula Rego left Portugal and Salazar’s oppressive dictatorship as an adolescent to study in London where she has now lived for over fifty years. Trained at the Slade School of Art, she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, and David Hockney. She is celebrated in Great Britain for her monumental pastel triptychs. Obsessed by Victorian children's literature, 19th century illustration and Gothic novels she intertwines literary and artistic references (Jane Eyre, Peter Pan, Daumier, Goya, Lewis Carroll, Hogarth, Ensor) with strongly autobiographical memories of her own childhood. Political issues and feminism also permeate her often dark and magical narratives, which are both fascinating and sometimes deeply disturbing. This is her first major retrospective show in a Paris museum.

 

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps). For line 4 use Réaumur-Sébastopol (exit Square Emile Chautemps) as the line is closed for renovation at Strasbourg-Sain-Denis.

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

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Thursday 15 November 10:30 – 12 noon: Impressionist to Fauve Masterpieces from Private Collections

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Marmottan museum (until 10 Feb.) with Chris Boïcos

 

Sixty masterpieces from international private collections by Monet, Degas, Caillebotte, Renoir, Rodin, Camille Claudel, Seurat, Signac, Émile Bernard, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Redon, Vuillard, Bonnard, Derain, Vlaminck or Matisse, trace the evolution of modern French art from Impressionism to Fauvism: A unique opportunity to encounter works seldom or never shown to the public before.

 

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

Métro: La Muette (line 9).

Time: 10:15 for 10:30 am entry. Please bring 10 € for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (12 € total) in exact change.

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Thursday 22 November 10:30 – 12 noon: Dazzling Venice in the Time of Vivaldi and Tiepolo

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Grand Palais (until 21 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

By the 1700s the city of Venice had reached the 13th century of its existence and its civilization a dazzling apogee in the visual and decorative arts and in music and opera alike. Great talents, such as the painters Piazzetta and Giambattista Tiepolo, the urban landscape painter or vedutista Canaletto and the sculptors Corradini and Brustolon, to name but a few, allowed Venice to cultivate a unique aesthetic and sense of luxury. Modern music, which had been born in Venice in the era of Claudio Monterverdi, was as lively as ever in the work of composers such as Porpora, Hasse and Vivaldi and performed by world-famous singers, such as the castrato Farinelli and the soprano Faustina Bordoni. In the Ospedali, poor or orphaned young girls received extensive musical education, and their virtuosity made them famous throughout Europe. In the city, during Carnival, drama and farce were everywhere, and the passion for gambling was given free reign at the ridotto. In our lecture we will touch on all of these great figures of 18th century Venetian culture and the artistic and social context in which they flourished, as presented in this unique exhibition at the Grand Palais.

 

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps). For line 4 use Réaumur-Sébastopol (exit Square Emile Chautemps) as the line is closed for renovation at Strasbourg-Sain-Denis.

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

Fee: 27€ (or reduced fee for 5 or 6 sessions, please see below)

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Thursday 29 Nov. 10:30 – 12 noon:  Cubism 1907-1917

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (until 25 Feb.) with Chris Boïcos.


This is the first great survey devoted to the revolutionary Modernist movement of Cubism in France since 1953. Beyond the work of the pioneers of Cubism in 1907, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, the show includes work by all of the major artists who contributed to the movement from Fernand Léger and Juan Gris, to the artists who spread the movement in the Paris Salons before 1914: Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Robert and Sonia Delaunay. 300 works and important Cubist documents lent by the Basel Kunstmuseum, the Picasso museum n Paris and the New York Museum of Modern Art, are presented chronologically in 14 thematic sections.  Among them are celebrated masterpieces like Picasso's Portrait of Gertrude Stein (1906), Ambroise Vollard (1909) and Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1910) and Picasso's extraordinary still life Pains et compotier sur une table (1909) and Nature morte à la chaise cannée (1912) the first collage of modern art.

We will also be discussing in our lecture the fundamental links between the artists and the critics, poets, art dealers and other artists of the Cubist era, including poets Max Jacob, Apollinaire, Blaise Cendrars, the dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, naïve artists Douanier Rousseau and Marie Laurencin, and the impact of Cubism on major contemporary artists like Matisse, Mondrian and Malevich.

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps). For line 4 use Réaumur-Sébastopol (exit Square Emile Chautemps) as the line is closed for renovation at Strasbourg-Sain-Denis.

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

Fee: 27€ (or reduced fee for 5 or 6 sessions, please see below)

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Thursday 6 December 12 noon – 1:30 pm:  Dorothea Lange – The Politics of Seeing

Visit to the exhibition at the Jeu de Paume (until 20 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

The Politics of Seeing features major works by the celebrated 20th century American photographer Dorothea Lange (1895 – 1966), some of which have never before been exhibited in France. The exhibition focuses on the extraordinary emotional power of Dorothea Lange’s work and on the context of her documentary practice. It features five specific series: the Depression Period (1933-1934), a selection of works from the Farm Security Administration (1935-1939), the Japanese American internment (1942), the Richmond shipyards (1942-1944) and a series on a Public Defender (1955-1957). Over one hundred splendid vintage prints taken between 1933 and 1957 are enhanced by the presence of documents and screenings broadening the scope of an œuvre often familiar to the public through images such as White Angel Breadline (1933) and Migrant Mother (1936), which are icons of photographic history. The majority of prints in this exhibition belong to the Oakland Museum of California, where Lange’s considerable archive, donated to the museum after her death by her husband Paul Shuster Taylor, is conserved.

 

Place: Jeu de Paume, 1 place de la Concorde 75008 (on the garden terrace corner of Place de la Concorde and rue de Rivoli). Meet in the lobby.

Métro: Concorde (lines 1, 8, 12).

Time: Meet 11:45 for 12 noon entry. Please bring 7,50 € for exhibition ticket in exact change.

Fee: 27€ (or reduced fee for 5 or 6 sessions, please see below)

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Thursday 13 December 5:45 – 7:30 pm:

Japan and Japonisme, 150 years of Resonance between France and Japan

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée des art décoratifs (15 Nov. -  3 Mar.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Ever since its founding in 1864 the Musée des Arts Décoratifs was a pioneer in Europe in its policy of collecting and exhibiting Japanese art in France. 1869 is the date of the first great exhibition in France of Far-Eastern, notably Japanese art. Since that date many major Paris artists and art movements from Manet, Monet, Gauguin, van Gogh to Toulouse Lautrec and from Impressionism to Art Nouveau have been fundamentally inspired by Japanese prints, Japanese decorative arts, porcelain, lacquer and garden design. The exhibition starts at the opening of Meji Era (1869) that signals Japan’s opening to international relations and trade marking its 150th anniversary. It traces the story of many of the great figures and collectors in the Franco-Japanese relationship of the later 19th century - Henri Cernuschi, Émile Guimet, Hugues Krafft, Siegfried Bing, Florine Langweil or Hayashi Tadamasa – and continues to the on-going cultural exchanges of today. 1500 objects from the museum’s own collections are on display together for the first time in one of the finest exhibitions of Japanese civilization ever held in France.

Place: Musée des Art Décoratifs, 107, rue de Rivoli 75001. Meet in lobby.

Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7).

Time: 5:25 for 5:45 pm entry. Please bring 11 € for exhibition ticket in exact change.

Fee: 27€ (or reduced fee for 5 or 6 sessions, please see below)

 

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Course Fee: 135 € for 6 sessions, 115 € for 5 sessions or 27 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees. The fee reductions are only for the bimonthly series and cannot be applied to future programs.

You can sign up for individual sessions or a series by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

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The History of Paris – Architecture, Urbanism, Society

Part 10:

Paris at the end of the Second Empire, the Commune and the dawn of the Third Republic 1867 - 1884

The 1860’s witnessed simultaneously the climax and decay of Napoleon III’s Second Empire. The ongoing transformation of Paris by Haussmann, the launching of an extravagant new opera by Garnier and the inauguration in 1867 of the greatest World’s Fair to date maintained the glory of Paris as the greatest modern metropolis in Europe. Though resisted by the academy,  a number of brilliant new artists like Manet, Degas, Monet and Tissot celebrated modern Paris. Yet internal political opposition and the Emperor’s ill considered foreign adventures like the invasion of Mexico will undermine the regime which collapsed, shortly after Napoleon’s defeat in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. This was followed by a year of chaos, the siege of Paris, a humiliating capitulation to the new German Empire and then revolution and civil war under the Paris Commune in the spring of 1871, during which much of Haussmann’s new Paris was bombed and put to flames.The shaky regime that emerged out of the chaos, the Third Republic will prove paradoxically one of the most long- lasting in modern French history. The 1870’s will witness a period of defiance and rebirth as the wounded nation sought to reaffirm its power and prestige and continue the business of modernisation, industrialisation and pursuit of Empire begun under the Napoleon III. A new school of painting, that of the Impressionists will come to define bourgeois leisure and the new-found optimism of this era which culminates in the Paris World’s fair of 1878.

 

Course Schedule:  Wednesdays 2:30 – 4 pm (except for Wed. 12 December)

Coffee and tea served at home sessions between 2 and 2:30 pm.

Wed. 14 November – Slide lecture – The end of the Second Empire, the siege of Paris and the Paris Commune.

Wed. 21 November – Visit to the Musée d’Orsay – The painters of “modern life” from Manet to Caillebotte.

Meet inside the museum past the ticket control in front of the statue of Liberty at 2:15 pm (down main steps on your right).

Buy ticket on line to avoid queues. Metros: Solférino (line 12) or RER C Musée d’Orsay.

Wed. 28 November – Slide lecture – Paris, 1871-1884 – Politics, art, urbanism and the new Republic.

Wed.  5  December – City walk – From Ste Trinité to St Augustin – Paris of the Impressionists.

 Meet under the porch of the Ste Trinité church at 2:15 pm (metro Trinité, line 12).

Wed. 12 December at 10:30 (time to be confirmed) – City walk – Garnier Opera and the Grand Hotel. Meet on the steps of Garnier Opera (lines 3,7,8 and RER A at Auber)

 

Course Fee: 115 € for 5 sessions or 27 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees. The fee reductions are only for the bimonthly series and cannot be applied to future programs.

You can sign up for individual sessions or a series by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

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14, boulevard Saint-Martin. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis,  

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

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