Travel Guide | Paris en Août / Paris in August: 3 Museum Exhibitions to See


Travel Guide | Paris en Août / Paris in August: 3 Museum Exhibitions to See

September à Paris is full of emotions: Fashion Week and la Rentrée Littéraire are two of my favorite events of the season. August, however, doesn't feel the same way. Most Parisians leave the city to spend some proper weeks of farniente somewhere à la mer, meanwhile the city is filled with visitors from everywhere around the world.

Paris in August can be overwhelming if not well organized, due to long queues, or because some of the famed locations are closed. If you plan on coming this next month to Paris, here are a few amazing exhibitions you may consider to visit. --Dana


Musée André Jaquemart - from Zurbaran to Rothko


This private museum presents great collections of art while maintaining atmosphere of a mansion. The owners, Edouard André, a 19th century collector, and his wife Nélie Jacquemart, a portrait artist, travelled across Europe and the East to acquire rare works of art and furniture.

This summer, there's a sumptuous selection of art owned by one of Spain’s wealthiest women, Alicia Koplowitz. The exhibition offers a glimpse into her very private world: "She turned to art as a kind of escape from being alone, and became extremely knowledgeable,” says Pablo Melendo, a former director of both Sotheby’s and Christie’s, who is curating the exhibition.

Goya, Canaletto, Guardi, van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, Gris, Gonzalez, Rothko, Freud, Giacometti, Bourgeois are just a few of the gems revealed in the exhibition.



*** Editor's Note: While this exhibit may have ended, the museum itself is so lovely that it is still worth a visit. If you're searching for an alternative exhibit, please scroll down to the bottom of this article. xR



Palais Galliera pays hommage to Dalida with the exhibition "Une garde-robe de la Ville a la Scène"


Palais Galliera by @elodie_d37

Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti (17 January 1933 – 3 May 1987), better known as Dalida, was an Egyptian-Italian French singer and actress. Dressed by the greatest designers both on and off-stage, in haute couture or in prêt-à-porter, everything about her was dazzlingly beautiful. The gilded frescoes of the grande galerie and la galerie Ouest display, in a unique Parisian elegance, the show-business side as well as the off-stage wardrobe of the star.

Dalida in Milan, April 1966

Dalida in Milan, April 1966 via Vogue Paris


Musée des Arts Décoratifs holds this season, a magnificent exhibition: Christian Dior, “Designer of Dreams”


An iconic design inspired by Monsieur Dior's favorite flower - the lily-of-the-valley - the 'Muguet' dress appeared in our founder's Haute Couture Spring-Summer 1957 collection. Here it is being prepared for its star turn in the 'Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams' exhibition, where it is on display in the Dior Gardens room. --via @dior

32, 000 square feet, the biggest Dior exhibition ever staged, filled with the Dior house's work. The layout is both chronological and thematic, offering up the story of the creator, the house, the source of creation and the breadth of culture that Christian Dior and the designers who succeeded him possessed.

Archives with letters, photographs, and other never-before-seen documents from Dior’s early childhood, a rainbow palette of clothes, exceptional art objects and paintings, including by Monet, Renoir, and Vigée Le Brun are only a few details we can reveal in hoping you'll go see the rest for yourselves ...

Museums are closed on Mondays and this generates longer lines, so it's easier if you buy your tickets for entry online.


Maison Chloe, Femininities – Guy Bourdin
28 Rue de la Baume



Portrait of Jane Birkin by Guy Bourdin, 1969

The newly opened Maison Chloe dedicates its first exhibition to the French fashion photographer: Guy Bourdin. The exhibition explores the way the iconic photographer shot the work and world of Chloé, the fashion house founded by Gaby Aghion back in 1952. "There’s a kind of drama about his work, there’s a sexuality about his work and there’s an element of his work which is always considered difficult,” says the curator Judith Clark.

Daniela Chelariu, Travel Editor, Paris
Travel Editor, Paris

Dana is a fragile dreamer, they say, arriving in Paris four years ago, for love, and the city has been constantly changing her life since then. Hers is a world of books, (Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Anne Berest), expos, long walks sur les quais de Seine, pink skies, fine wine and peonies.

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