Seven exhibitions to see with the family this spring

Posted Apr 5, 2022 10:08 am

Exhibitions for all audiences for their obviousness (beauty of places, shapes, colors) or for their original or even unprecedented character. Art can easily be tasted with the family, from Boulogne-Billancourt to Paris and Rome. Here is our small selection in seven visits.

Albert Kahn reopened

If there’s one cultural place to visit with the family as a priority, it’s the Albert Kahn Museum in Boulogne, which has just reopened. Opposite the new building designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is the magnificent garden dreamed up by ruined early 20th century billionaire Albert Kahn. On four hectares he wanted to show the beauties of the world to the elite. Now they are accessible to everyone with the Japanese garden and the beautiful Vosges forest reconstructed from his childhood.

In Boulogne-Billancourt, albert-kahn.hauts-de-seine.fr

Boilly’s trompe-l’oeil in Cognacq-Jay

Children must be shown early on that old art is not boring. The Cognacq-Jay Museum in the Marais dedicates an attractive exhibition to the genius of the trompe-l’oeil, the French painter Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845). He is funny and creates illusions with great care.

In Paris until June 26th. museecognacqjay.paris.fr

The Vanities of Charles Ray

With figurative, realistic and simple forms, the American’s works can be viewed at any age. But I’m not sure if everyone understands something about it. One of the possible interpretations of the work of the very prominent Charles Ray (b. 1953) is that he creates monuments that pay homage to life: vanitas. On view at two nearby locations in Paris: the Pinault Collection until June 6th and the Center Pompidou until June 20th.

www.pinaultcollection.com and www.centrepompidou.fr

Whistler, a feast for the eyes

Beautiful dresses, pretty landscapes, but above all a total mastery in the composition of colors: the American painter James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), a period of Impressionism, offers a feast for the eyes. The Musée d’Orsay is presenting a mini exhibition of 22 works by the artist, including four paintings and three pastels.

Musée d’Orsay, until May 8th. www.musee-orsay.fr

“Variations in Purple and Green” by James McNeill Whistler on display at the Musée d’Orsay.©Foto RMN – Hervé Lewandowski

Proust, the great Parisian

There are only a few days left (until April 10th) to admire the fascinating reconstruction of the great writer Marcel Proust’s Paris at the Carnavalet Museum. Secular salons, the city, the people and the elite through short films, photos and 280 objects. A huge job to catch the lost time machine.

Carnavalet Museum, until April 10, 2022. carnavalet.paris.fr

The Hôtel de la Marine restored

It is one of the most beautiful historical places in Paris, Place de la Concorde. The lavishly restored 18th-century former royal furniture store houses a small jewel museum housing treasures of mankind: the Al-Thani Collection. From 3300 BC for a statuette from Asia Minor to African wood carvings from the 19th century.

hotel-de-la-marine.paris

Sublime doodles

This will be edifying for your children. Doodling is an art! In Rome, the Villa Medici scientifically observes how the artist’s hand of the free hand can let the unconscious speak and produce amazing works. From Leonardo da Vinci to Cy Twombly. Unexpected and captivating.

In Rome, Villa Medici, until May 22nd. villamedici.it

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