A spring trip to Paris
I recently returned from a few days in Paris, one of my favorite cities. There was a great deal of walking, a lot of delicious things to eat, and delightful companionship. I got drenched in a sudden cloudburst the day I arrived, but otherwise the weather was nicely cooperative. All around, a dandy trip.
One of the things I wanted to do was to see the new exhibit at the Musée Picasso. He’s not my favorite artist, but the man certainly had a large impact on 20th-century art, and this year marks the 50th anniversary since his death. Exhibits abound, but this one promised to be unique for two reasons. One, this museum holds a huge collection of Picasso works, covering the full range of his life, as well as the remarkably broad range of art forms he worked in. Two, this exhibit is the work of British designer Paul Smith, and I thought it would be interesting to see how he chose to display the art.
The exhibit opens in a room whose walls are fully papered with reproductions of older covers of Vogue magazine. Picasso liked to, um, enhance Vogue covers, and many of his designs were displayed in this room.
From here, each room represented either a different period of Picasso’s life, or a unique art form that he explored. Each of the rooms had its own full wall treatment, which created a more immersive experience than I usually have in museums. I felt as if I were part of the art being shown, maybe even one of Picasso’s subjects. Rather than just looking at the art, I was somehow part of the art itself. The following photographs give an idea of what we saw.
The exhibit is “Picasso Celebration: The Collection in a New Light,” until 27 August 2023, at the Musée Picasso in Paris. The opening photograph is by Robert Doisneau, made in 1952 in Picasso’s Vallauris pottery studio.
Paris is a supremely walkable city, and here are some random photographs from a few days of strolling and exploring.
Doesn’t every town need a Silly Street? I think so.