Posts Tagged ‘Exhibition’

Eiffel : The Wizard of Iron

The name Gustav Eiffel is synonymous to the iconic Eiffel Tower of Paris, of which the latter celebrates its 120th anniversary this year. It is therefore, a fitting tribute, that an exhibition is currently taking place at the Hôtel de Ville to pay homage to Eiffel.

While the exhibition is chiefly related to the design of the Eiffel Tower, the building processes, modellings and the likes, some of Eiffel’s other works were also on display. Drawings and blueprints, models and armatures of bridges and Statue of Liberty were also on exhibit.

A model of armature of the Statue of Liberty; a painting of the construction

A model of the Statue of Liberty's armature; a painting of the construction of Statue of Liberty

The exhibition hall is largely divided into two sections, of which a smaller on to the side showcases Eiffel’s various achievements. In the larger part of the hall, the predominant topic is that of the afore-mentioned famed tower by the River Seine.

The display is also supplemented with works that have been inspired by the aesthetically symmetrical steel tower. From various proposed modifications following the original expo to the series of 36 views of the Eiffel Tower by Henri Rivière (of which incidentally, there was an exposition of his works at the Bibliothèque Nationale recently), and from paintings by Robert Delauney to photographs by Man Ray.

The exhibition runs from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm, at the Hôtel de Ville. It closes on Sundays, as well as on public holidays. There is no admission charge.

It is initially slated to run from 7 May to 29 August, but is now extended to 30 September. There are also exhibition tours for adults every Thursday at 11am, of which booking is required. Please call 01 42 76 51 53 for reservation and/or further information.

Picasso exhibition

We did it!

Bij, Lil and me finally manage to see that exhibition!

It was great but crowded. The internet website says opening is at 10am during week-end… but it seems it might be 9. We arrived at 9:30am and finally get into the museum at 11:45. After initial entrance, they wait until people get out to let more people in… so waiting time depends a lot on your time of arrival.

According to what we saw when we went out of museum, queuing might be reduced around midday.  They are still few ticket to buy on the fnac website, from 3am to 4:30am on the 2sd of february.

Picasso madness

I’m sure you already heard about the Picasso exhibition going at the Grand Palais… You’re also probably aware that considering the sucess of this exhibition, it will be open 24 hours a day for its last days of opening (i.e. from 9am friday, 30th January to 8pm sunday, 2sd February).

I first thought that this opening could’nt be bought in advance, but today I discover that they are sell online. Unfortunately only few tickets are still avalaible : from 2am to 5am on sunday the 2sd of Ferbruary…

So if you’re  a night owl and you haven’t seen the exhibition, that’s your last chance… As for me I will be queuing in the cold and the rain next week-end.

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