Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit at the Grand Palais

Photography lovers, here is an exhibition you should not miss while you are staying in Paris ! From March 26th to July 13th, the Grand Palais is paying tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe. As an unforgetable figure of the art renewal in the New York of the seventies and eighties, the american photographer who is well known for his sulphurous reputation is one of the great masters of art photography.

Photography lovers, here is an exhibition you should not miss while you are staying in Paris ! From March 26th to July 13th, the Grand Palais is paying tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe. As an unforgetable figure of the art renewal in the New York of the seventies and eighties, the american photographer who is well known for his sulphurous reputation is one of the great masters of art photography. This exhibition (organized with the collaboration of the famous Mapplethorpe foundation of New York) presents over 200 of the photographer's pieces : nudes, portraits and still lives, following the blossoming of his career from the senventies to his death in 1989.

 

When thinking of Mapplethorpe's work, the first word that comes to mind is eroticism. With a peculiar and innovative approach on nude art, the artist developped a style that was both sensual and disturbing, using the camera as the media that conveyed a frontal desiring gaze at the models' bodies. At the time, his work was considered even more scandalous because a large part of his models were men. As a homosexual, Robert Mapplethorpe was indeed one of the pioneers of the erotization of the male body through photography. His work has also been thought of as disturbing because it went alongside a sulphurous and « borderline » lifestyle that he shared with artists such as William Burroughs or Andy Warhol, and that makes him one of the figureheads of the USA undergoing a sexual revolution.

 

However, rather than to exploit the sole erotic power of Robert Mapplethorpe's pieces, the Grand Palais succeeds in opening the door to a new way of looking at his work, showing its less obvious classical aspect, through an approach of the body and its aesthetic perfection that reminds a lot of sculpture. So he said « I see things as sculptures, as shapes that occupy space ». Beyond eroticism, this exhibition will allow its visitors to discover (or re-discover) an attention to details that is in fact very reminiscent of the classical tradition in Robert Mapplethorpe's work.

 

Practical information

 

Schedules :

  • Monday : 10 a.m – 8 p.m

  • Wednesday : 10 a.m – 10 p.m

  • Thursday : 10 a.m – 10 p.m

  • Friday : 10 a.m – 10 p.m

  • Saturday : 10 a.m – 10 p.m

  • Sunday : 10 a.m – 8 p.m

 

Ratings :

  • Full price : 12 €

  • Concession price : 9 € (16 to 25 years old)

  • Group : 33€ (4 people including 2 between 16 and 25 years old)

  • Combined ticket Mapplethorpe / Rodin : 16€

 

How to go from Hôtel du Danube ?

(approximated time : 25mn)

  • Walk to Saint-Germain-des-Prés metro station (take a left when you get out of the hotel, then second street on the right)

  • Take metro line 4 in the direction of Porte de Clignancourt

  • Change in Châtelet for metro line 1 in the direction of La Défense

  • Get out at Champs Élysées – Clémenceau

 

If you want more :

The Rodin Museum is currently hosting a sculpture and photography exhibit that connects Robert Mapplethorpe's work with the one of sculptor Auguste Rodin. The exhibit will be ongoing until September 21st 2014. It is possible to buy a combined ticket for both exhibits (see above).

 

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The Legacy of Delacroix Exhibition Paris, A rare opportunity

The Legacy of Delacroix Exhibition; Masterpieces from the collection of Etienne Moreau-Nelaton can be seen at the Delacroix Museum until March 17th.The museum is located just a ten minute walk from the Hotel du Danube.

The Legacy of Delacroix Exhibition; Masterpieces from the collection of Etienne Moreau-Nelaton can be seen at the Delacroix Museum until March 17th. Due to the nature of the bequest, these particular drawings and paintings by the French Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix are rarely seen in public, so this is a rare opportunity to view key works by this most influential artist. The museum is located in Delacroix’s last apartment and studio, and is just a ten minute walk from the Hotel du Danube.

The Legacy of Delacroix exhibition Paris, a glorious treat

Ferdinand Eugene Victor Delacroix (1798 to 1863) was a leading light of the French Romantics and came to inspire both the Impressionist and Symbolist movements. His work emphasised movement and a bold and vivid use of colour rather than a strictly representational approach. He invested his work with powerful emotions and occasionally violent subject matter, and seems to pulse with a barely contained energy. Perhaps his most widely known work is Liberty Leading The People, a striking image of Parisians rising up against the reign of Charles X. 

Delacroix travelled extensively in Europe, but it was the bright colours and distinctive ambience of North Africa which had a profound effect upon him. After these experiences his technique became even more free and his colours more sumptuous. He created over 9000 works over the course of his life.

The art historian and collector Etienne Moreau-Nelaton was especially enamoured of Delacroix’s work. His father had been a supporter and friend of the artist and Etienne shared his enthusiasm. He was the first to catalogue the works of the artist and later bequeathed much of his collection to French museums. The current exhibition is drawn from these bequests. 

Hotel du Danube recommends the Legacy of Delacroix exhibition Paris

The elegant and welcoming Hotel du Danube is very conveniently located for the Delacroix Museum. We would like to point out that tickets to the permanent collection at the Louvre are also valid for this museum on the same day.

Picture copyright holder: Amélie Dupont

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Rodin Flesh and Marble at the Rodin Museum

Rodin Flesh and Marble : what more evocative title could there be to express the great sculptor's

Rodin Flesh and Marble : what more evocative title could there be to express the great sculptor's amazing ability for suggesting the human form and the emotions it conveys? This is the wonderfully apt name chosen for an exhibition of the works of the artist, along with that of his pupil and muse Camille Claudel, which runs until the 1st September at the world famous Rodin Museum, just over a mile from the Hotel du Danube. [caption id="attachment_251" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Hotel Biron : Musée Rodin - Wikimedia - Photographer Michael Scaduto[/caption]

Rodin Flesh and Marble: an exhibition not to be missed

Rodin Flesh and Marble : Over sixty statues and preparatory studies will be on display, many of which are rarely seen as they belong to private collections. Opened in 1919, the Rodin Museum incorporates two sites; the sculptor's former home at Meudon and the Hotel Biron, a listed historical monument where the permanent collection is housed, and where this Rodin's works exhibition is taken place.

The French sculptor Auguste Rodin was noted for his powerfully realistic work, which expressed character and emotion. The Thinker and The Kiss are probably his most renowned works. Marble is thought to bear a resemblance to flesh and so has from classical antiquity been a favoured medium for representing the human form. Rodin had a special affinity with marble which is fascinatingly highlighted in Rodin Flesh and Marble. He gave life to cold stone and his genius deserves to be celebrated and, in the exquisite surroundings of this beautiful mansion and its gardens which Rodin used as his workshop from 1908, it is celebrated to perfection.

The sculptor donated his works to the French state on the condition that this building be turned into a museum, and the result has become one of the most popular museums in France.

Hotel du Danube Recommends Rodin Flesh and Marble

Set in the heart of Saint Germain des Pres, our tranquil and elegant family run hotel is ideally situated for easy access to the Rodin Museum. The nearest Metro station is only a few minutes away, and our multilingual staff will welcome and assist you during your visit to our beautiful city.

 


The Hotel Danube Paris, at the heart of Paris Saint-Germain-des-Prés

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Louvre is an exciting and inspirational choice

Louvre is a must for lovers of art culture and all things beautiful. In the heart of Paris,

Louvre is a must for lovers of art culture and all things beautiful. In the heart of Paris, surrounded by beautiful gardens, take in special exhibitions and exciting activities on your next trip to the capital. A stone's throw away from the museum, the Hotel du Danube Paris is the perfect place to relax after spending days to visit the Louvre. [caption id="attachment_121" align="aligncenter" width="390"] Louvre museum - Tourist office Paris - Photographer Amelie Dupont[/caption]

Louvre brings Art to life

Louvre is a name that's instantly recognisable all over the world and this exciting French institution is home to many famous works of art including the Mona Lisa. The iconic glass triangular building is a Paris landmark and though visitors come to see famous paintings from all over the world, there's so much more to the museum and the surrounding area. The enchanting Tuileries and Carrousel gardens are adjacent to the museum and provide visitors with a beautiful place to walk or shop.

As well as permanent fixtures, the museum hosts a number of special events including “De l'Allemagne, 1800-1939. German Thought and Painting”, from Friedrich to Beckmann which is running until June 24th and features works by Paul Klee, Otto Dix and more in the context of their comparison to the great thinkers of the day such as Goethe.

Or take in the Exhibition of Mexican Art, which is a collection of Masterpieces from the 17th and 18th centuries. There are conference facilities available in the building and there are also several excellent workshops and activities. The museum and area around it are certain to inspire on your trip.

Hotel du Danube Paris is wonderful choice for Louvre

Hotel du Danube Paris is an enchanting hotel with comfortable but beautifully styled rooms and friendly, helpful staff on hand at all times to assist you. You'll be thrilled at the proximity of Hotel du Danube Paris to many exciting landmarks, including the museum which is just a 10 minute walk away, Notre Dame and Musee d'Orsay. The family run Hotel du Danube Paris is in the bustling Saint Germain des Pres is a wonderful choice for your museum break.

 


The Hotel Danube Paris, at the heart of Paris Saint-Germain-des-Prés

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