There are many reasons why Paris is considered the most beautiful city in the world. With an architectural and cultural wealth that is virtually beyond measure, the City of Light provides a source of enrichment to fill each and every moment, as evidenced by the multitude of exhibitions offered throughout the year.
To ensure that your stay in Paris is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, selecting the right hotel is of paramount importance. The Hotel Opera Lafayette is a great choice, due to its high level of comfort and the quality of the services it provides. What is more, this hotel enjoys a prime location close to the Gare du Nord and the legendary Opéra Garnier, and is well situated for reaching all parts of the capital quickly and easily, including the major cultural venues. To satisfy the thirst for culture and the passion for art in all its forms (painting, sculpture, etc ...), the capital presents numerous exhibitions of internationally recognised artists.
A great example of the capital’s commitment to artistic excellence is a pair of exhibitions currently being presented at the Grand Palais; one devoted to Picasso and his influence on other artists, and another dealing with the portraitist and artistic favourite of Marie Antoinette, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun.
Picasso Mania runs from October 7th to February 29th 2016, and contains a number of works by the Spanish avant-garde artist that have never before been revealed to the public. This brilliantly staged exhibition, simultaneously thematic and chronological, seeks to understand how the Picasso legend developed by placing the work of the co-creator of Cubism in close proximity with that of other contemporary artists such as Johns, Warhol and Jeff Koons.
The other must-see exhibition at the Grand Palais is the first retrospective to be presented in France of the work of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun and runs from September 23rd to January 11th, 2016. Unjustly overlooked today, but in her time considered one of the greatest portraitists of all, Le Brun was notably the official portraitist of Queen Marie Antoinette, painting that royal personage some thirty times over ten years. This exciting exhibition presents no less than 130 works, giving a striking insight into a monumental talent. The multitude of works exhibited take the visitor on a vertiginous journey through a most tumultuous era in the history of France. With these two exhibitions featuring two great but very different artists, Paris once again confirms its status as the world capital of culture. In the beautiful setting of the Grand Palais, these exhibitions will delight and inform those who are already interested in Picasso and Le Brun, and provide a superb introduction to these great artists for those who are unfamiliar with their works.
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Metro : lines 1, 9, 13 / Stations : Franklin-D.-Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau
RER : lines C / Stations : Invalides
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Grand Palais copyright holder: Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Daniel Thierry
Hotel Opéra Lafayette, a 3* hotel in Paris between Gare du Nord and Opera area