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Paris Special Exhibitions and City Walks

 

Thursday 13 September, 10:30 am – 12 Noon: Highlights of the Marais

A Paris city walk with Chris Boïcos.

 

The Marais became in the late 15th century the aristocratic district of Paris. Noblemen and high court judges built themselves the famous urban mansions that the French call “hôtels particuliers”. Largely spared by Haussmann’s demolitions in the 19th century, the Marais remains to this day the greatest repository in Paris of historic architecture from the late Middle Ages to the 18th century. In our walk we will be looking at some of the greatest “hôtels” of all periods - the Renaissance, hotel Lamoignon, built for a royal princess, Diana of France, the townhouses of the first royal square of Paris built by Henri IV, the place des Vosges, and two great baroque monuments, the hôtels de Sully and Beauvais, the latter built for the chambermaid and confidante of Louis XIV’s mother, Anne of Austria. Our walk will end at the first church with a Baroque façade in Paris, the imposing Saint Gervais-Saint Protais behind the hotel de ville.

Place: Courtyard of the Hôtel Lamoignon (bibliothèque historique de la ville de Paris) 24 Rue Pavée, 75004.

Métro : Saint-Paul (line 1).

Time: 10:15 for 10:30 am start.

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Thursday 20 September, 11 am - 12:30 pm: Alphonse Mucha

Visit to the exhibition (12 Sep. – 27 Jan.) at the Musée du Luxembourg with Chris Boïcos.

This major exhibition is the first in many years devoted to the Paris-based Czech painter and famous poster artist of the Art Nouveau period. Apart from the celebrated advertising posters featuring Sarah Bernhardt as a model with their floral designs and sinuous outlines, the exhibition also features Mucha’s lesser known history paintings, decorative objects, jewelry and also his ambitious cycle of Slav paintings carried out between 1911 and I928 showing his patriotic attachment to his Czech homeland. Following the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918 Mucha was raised to the status of first national Czech painter and designed the postal stamps and bank notes of the new nation as well as the famous murals of the Prague Municipal House.

 

Place: Outside entrance of Musée du Luxembourg  19 rue de Vaugirard 75006.

Métro : St Sulpice (line 4) or Odéon (lines 4 and 6).

Time: 10:45 for 11 am entry. Please bring 13,50 € for the exhibition ticket and 1,5 € for the headphones (15 € total) in exact change.

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Thursday 27 September, 10 - 11:30 am: The Impressionists in London - French artists in exile, 1870-1904

Visit to the exhibition at the Petit Palais (until 14 October) with Chris Boïcos.

The Franco-Prussian War of 1870, the fall of the Second Empire and the Paris Commune pushed a number of French artists to seek refuge in England. At the time, the British Empire was at the summit of its political and financial power. London was a safe haven for the artists who left Paris, but the choice of their destination was also guided by the idea that the art market there was more dynamic than in Paris. The works they exhibited and, in many cases, sold to English collectors brought a breath of modernity to British art and institutions. Reciprocally, the experience of exile in England exerted a new influence on French art. Some artists were already well-known (Carpeaux, Tissot, Daubigny); others would become known by teaching their art (Legros, Dalou), while the future Impressionists (Pissarro, Monet, Sisley) had difficulty in convincing British audiences, in spite of the support of Durand-Ruel, a merchant who promoted French art in London. Co-organized with Tate Britain in London, the exhibition brings together more than 100 masterpieces born on the banks of the Thames in the misty, industrial atmosphere of Victorian London. The story ends in 1904 with Derain, who came to paint London in the explosive colors of Fauvism.

Place: Group entrance (right hand side of main stairs) or lobby (if raining) of Petit Palais avenue Winston Churchill 75008.
Métro: Champs-Elysées- Clemenceau (lines 1, 13).

Time: 9:45 for 10 am start. Please bring 14 € for museum ticket in exact change. We have 10 pre-bought group tickets.

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Thursday 4 October, 10:15 – 11:45 am:  Caravaggio in Rome: Friends and Enemies

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André (21 Sep. – 28 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.

Nine masterpieces by the great Italian Baroque painter will exceptionally be brought together for this unique exhibition in Paris from major Italian museums— the Palazzo Barberini, the Galleria Borghese, the Musei Capitolini in Rome, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, the Musei di Strada Nuova in Genoa, and the Museo Civico in Cremona, as well as the famous Lute Player from the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, presented in France for the first time. These nine canvases retrace Caravaggio’s Roman period from his arrival in the city in 1592 until his exile in 1606. They will be complemented by the works of leading contemporary painters, such as Cavaliere d’Arpino, Annibale Carracci, Orazio Gentileschi, Giovanni Baglione, and José de Ribera, in order to highlight Caravaggio’s immense impact on the painters of his time and the artistic effervescence of Rome in one of its greatest artistic periods at the dawn of the Baroque age.

Place: Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 boulevard Haussmann 75008. Meet outside main entrance.

Métro: Miromesnil (lines 9, 13).

Time: Meet 10 am for 10:15 am entry. Please bring 15 € in for exhibition ticket and 1,5 € for the headphones (16,5 €  total) in exact change.

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Monday 8 October, 4:45 – 6:30 pm: Miró

Visit to the exhibition at the Grand Palais (3 0ct. – 4 Feb.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Joan Miró (1893-1983) is considered one of the giants of 20th century Modernism. He arrived in Paris from his native Catalonia in 1919 bearing a lemon cake from Picasso’s mother as a gift to his famous fellow Spanish contemporary who subsequently introduced him to the Paris art world. In the 1920’s he joined the Paris Surrealist movement and though he later followed his own distinctive path in painting, he never gave up on the Surrealist tenets of creative inspiration through dreams, chance occurrences and psychic intuition. His best work combines an almost child-like delight in luminous color, pictograms and whimsical or scary creatures with an extraordinary sense of freedom but also monumentality in his compositions. This major retrospective brings together 150 works covering all phases of a 70-year career borrowed from all major Miró collections in the world including MoMA and the Miró museum in Barcelona. Not to be missed!

 

Place: Group and cardholders entrance outside exhibition at the Grand Palais.

Métro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (lines 1 and 13).

Time: 4:30 for 4:45 pm entry. Please bring 16 € for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the earphones (18 €  total) in exact change.

 

Thursday 11 October 9:45 – 11:15 am: Giacometti - From Tradition to Avant-garde

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Maillol (14 Sep. – 20 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.

This overview of the œuvre of the great modern Swiss sculptor was co-organized with the Giacometti Foundation in Paris and is complemented by works by classical and modern sculptors of his time. 50 sculptures by Alberto Giacometti are juxtaposed for the first time to works by other major modern sculptors like Rodin, Bourdelle, Maillol, Despiau, Brancusi, Laurens, Lipchitz, Zadkine, Csaky, and Richier. The exhibition traces all phases of Giacometti’s evolution from his early works, which still bear the influences of classical Modernism (Despiau and Maillol), his discovery of the Parisian avant-garde after 1925 (Zadkine, Lipchitz, and Csaky) and Surrealism (Brancusi and Laurens). In the final section his famous Post-War standing figures - La Clairière (1950), Woman of Venice III (1956), and Walking Man II (1960) – are compared to works by Rodin and his great contemporary Germaine Richier. Giacometti’s legendary Parisian studio is also evoked via an ensemble of the artist’s lithographs and photographs taken by some of the greatest 20c photographers, such as Brassaï, Denise Colomb, Sabine Weiss and Herbert Matter.

Place: Meet at group entrance of Musée Maillol - 61, rue de Grenelle 75007 (Metro Rue du Bac, line12)

Métro: (Rue du Bac, line 12)

Time: 9:30 for 9:45 am entry. Please bring 14 € for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (total of 16 €)

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Thursday 18 October 10:30 am – 12 noon: Picasso, Blue and Rose

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay (18 Sep. – 6 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

The Musée d’Orsay and the Musée Picasso-Paris are organizing an exceptional event dedicated to Pablo Picasso’s Blue and Rose periods. This exhibition is the first large-scale collaboration between the two museums, allowing them to bring together a number of previously unseen works. It features masterpieces, some of which, such as La Vie (1903, Cleveland Museum of Art), are being presented for the first time in France, and proposes a new interpretation of the years 1900-1906, a critical period in the artist’s career which to date has not been covered in its entirety by a French museum. The works of the young Picasso, freshly arrived in Paris from Barcelona, are placed within the context of the work of his contemporaries and predecessors, both Spanish and French (Casas, Nonell, Casagemas, Steinlen, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin), whom he was able to directly observe at the salons and galleries of turn of the century Paris.

 

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 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 29 October 10:30 am – 12 noon: Jean-Michel Basquiat - Egon Schiele

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton (3 Oct. – 14 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.  

 

From opposite ends of the 20th century, and opposite sides of the Atlantic, the lives and works of Egon Schiele (turn of the century Vienna) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (end of the century New York) are fascinating for their fleetingness and their intensity. Both died aged 28. In under a decade, they became major figures in the art of their century, though Schiele, unlike Basquiat, had to wait for his world-wide renown for another 50 years after his death. They are linked by their destiny and their fortune, that of a body of intensely romantic work, produced in a very short period of time and still immensely appealing to the general public and the young in particular. Both rebelled against the artistic and social conventions of their society and day and both, though in very different styles, can be labeled as the principal Expressionist artists of their time and respective cities. It will be interesting to see how Basquiat’s brash street graffiti painting style holds up against the much more classic, linear style and psychological profundity of Schiele but the comparison is bound to be fascinating and instructive.

 

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 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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Course Fee: 160 € for 8 sessions, 147 € for 7 sessions, 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 9: Paris under Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann – Birth of a Modern Metropolis 1848 - 1870

 

The last French king, Louis Philippe d’Orléans was ovethrown by revolution in February 1848. Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, Napoleon’s nephew, was elected president of the new regime, the “Second Republic” before - following in his uncle’s steps - declaring the Second Empire in 1851.  Under the direction of Napoleon III and his prefect Georges Haussmann Paris underwent the greatest transformation in its history. The alliance between modern industry, banking and an authoritarian regime transformed Paris into the model city for the modern age: clean, ordered and triumphantly middle class. We will examine this new Paris – the new boulevards, parks, squares, sewers, public buildings, the new Louvre, the new Opera, the railway stations and the World’s Fairs of 1855 and 1867. In the art of the period (Daumier, Courbet, Chassériau, Couture) we will see how the Realists lead by Courbet represent the new society and rebel against the official art of the day, laying the ground for the emergence of modern art with Manet and the young Impressionists in the 1860’s.

Course Schedule:  Wednesdays 2:30 – 4 pm

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

Wed. 12 September – Slide lecture – Louis Napoléon’s plans for the urban transformation of Paris.

Wed. 19 September – City walk – The heart of Haussmannian Paris: The transformation of Ile de la Cité and place du Châtelet. Meet at exit of Métro Cité at 2:15 pm (line 4)

Wed. 26 September – Slide lecture – Monumental Paris: The Louvre and Tuileries palaces, the new Opera.

Wed.  3 October – Visit to the Musée du Louvre – The Second Empire apartments in the Louvre. Meet under the Louvre Pyramid by auditorium entrance at 2:15 pm with ticket in hand.

Wed. 10 Octobrer – Slide lecture – Paris and Parisians in French painting 1848-1870. From Courbet to Manet.

Wed. 17 October – City walk – Garnier Opera and the Grand Hotel. Meet on the steps of Garnier Opera at 2:15 for a 2:30 pm start (lines 3,7,8 and RER A at Auber)

 

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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Coming up in November-December 2018 :

 

Monday 5 November 10:30 –12 noon:

Paula Rego - Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie (17 Oct. – 14 Jan.)

 

Thursday 15 November 10:30 – 12 noon

Impressionist to Fauve Masterpieces from Private Collections.

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Marmottan museum (13 Sep. – 10 Feb.)

 

Thursday 22 November 10:30 – 12 noon:

Venice in the Time of Vivaldi and Tiepolo - Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Grand Palais (24 Sep. – 21 Jan.)

 

Thursday 29 Nov. 10:30 – 12 noon:

Cubism - Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (17 Oct. – 25 Feb.)

 

Thursday 6 December  12 noon - 1:30 pm

Dorothea Lange - Visit to the exhibition at the Jeu de Paume (16 Oct. – 20 Jan.)

 

Thursday 13 December 10:30 – 12 noon (time and date to be confirmed): 

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.)

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Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis,  

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