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Paris Art StudiesJanuary - February 2018

 

Paris Special Exhibitions

 

Thursday 18 January, 3:15  – 4:45 pm: Irving Pen

Visit to the exhibition at the Grand Palais (until 29 Jan.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

2017 marked the centenary of the birth of Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the greatest photographers of the20th century. This exhibition, organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Réunion des musées nationaux, in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation, is the first major retrospective of the American artist’s work in France since his death. It looks back over his seventy-year career, with more than 235 photographic prints, all produced by the artist himself, as well as a selection of his drawings and paintings. The Irving Penn exhibition offers a comprehensive vision of the range of genres he worked in: fashion, still life, portraits, nudes, beauty, cigarettes and debris. With his fine arts background, Irving Penn developed a body of visual work that is defined by its elegant simplicity, a taste for minimalism and an astonishing rigor, evident from the studio to the darkroom, where he perfected his unique photographic prints.

Place: Group and cardholders entrance outside exhibition at the Grand Palais.

Métro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (lines 1 and 13).

Time: 3pm for 3:15 entry. Please bring 13 € in exact change for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the earphones (15€ total).

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Thursday 25 January, 10:30  – 12 noon: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Picasso Museum (until 6 Feb.) with Chris Boïcos.

This major exhibition organized in partnership between the Picasso museum in Paris and the Tate Modern, London offers the visitor a month-by-month journey through 1932, a time so pivotal in Picasso’s life and work that it has been called his ‘year of wonders’. More than 100 outstanding paintings, sculptures and works on paper demonstrate his prolific and restlessly inventive character. They strip away common myths to reveal the man and the artist in his full complexity and richness. 1932 was an extraordinary year for Picasso, even by his own standards. His paintings reached a new level of sensuality and he cemented his celebrity status as the most influential artist of the early 20th century. Over the course of this year he created some of his best loved works, from confident color-saturated portraits, notably of his young lover Marie-Thérèse Walter - Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, Nude in a Black Armchair and The Mirror. These famous works have not been shown together since they were created in 1932. For the first time in 85 years they are reunited alongside iconic works such as Girl Before a Mirror, Rest, Sleep, The Dream and many more.

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps).

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am.

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Thursday 1 February, (time to be confirmed):  Dada Africa

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie (until 19 Feb.) with Chris Boïcos.

 

This highly original exhibition was organized by the Rietberg Museum Zurich, the Berlinische Galerie Berlin, the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie.

Dada, a prolific and subversive art movement, first emerged in Zurich during the First World War, and then spread to centers such as Berlin, Paris and New York. Through their new works – sound poems, collage, performance – the Dada artists rejected the values of European civilization, which they saw as the cause of the senseless slaughter in the trenches of the Western front. They appropriated instead the cultural and artistic forms of non-western cultures such as Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Juxtaposed to the bizarre, shcocking or entertaining creations of the Dadaists - Hanna Höch, Jean Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Marcel Janco, Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Raoul Haussmann, Man Ray and Picabia –are some exceptional tribal and non-Western works: a Hemba statue and Makonde mask from Africa, a Hannya mask from Japan, the prow of a Maori pirogue… a marvelous sum-up of the cross-fertilization of cultures that so marked the beginning of modern art in the 20th century.

 

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps).

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am.

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Thursday 8 February, 10:30  – 12 noon:  Being Modern: MoMA in Paris

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Fondation Vuitton (until 5 March) with Chris Boïcos.

An integrated, cross-disciplinary selection of 200 works, drawn from all six of the Museum’s curatorial departments and reflecting the history of the institution and its collecting, fill the entirety of the Fondation’s Frank Gehry–designed building. Curated jointly by the two institutions, the display brings together paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, media works, performances, and architecture and design objects, tracing the evolution and multifaceted scope of MoMA’s collection. Etre moderne features masterworks by artists including Max Beckmann, Alexander Calder, Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Jasper Johns, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gustav Klimt, Yayoi Kusama, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Yvonne Rainer, Frank Stella, and Paul Signac. Our lecture will focus on the highlights of the exhibition and also trace the story of the oldest (inaugurated 1929) and most celebrated museum of modern art in the world.

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps).

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am. ____________________________________________________________________

 

Thursday 15 February, (time to be confirmed):  Dutch Artists in Paris (1789-1914) Van Gogh, Van Dongen, Mondrian…

Visit to the exhibition at the Petit Palais (6 Feb. - 13 May) with Chris Boïcos.

From traditional flower paintings to the ruptures of modernity, this exhibition highlights the extensive artistic, aesthetic and personal relationships between Dutch and French painters from the reign of Napoleon to the beginning of the 20th century. Especially from 1850 on, over a thousand Dutch painters left their country to renew their inspiration in France. Almost all of them settled in Paris, inexorably attracted by the dynamism of artistic life there. Their experience of French art had a decisive influence on the development of Dutch painting, since artists like Jacob Maris or Breitner spread the new ideas they had acquired in Paris when they returned to Holland. In a similar manner, artists like Jongkind or van Gogh brought to their French colleagues themes, colors and ways of painting that reflected Dutch sensitivity and had their roots in the Dutch Golden Age. Correspondingly Dutch painting became increasingly popular with French audiences during this period. Throughout this presentation of a century of pictorial revolutions, works of contemporary French artists  - Géricault, David, Corot, Millet, Boudin, Cézanne, Monet, Signac, Picasso - are juxtaposed to works of Ary Scheffer, van Gogh Van Dongen or Mondrian.
The Petit Palais exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Place: Stairs or lobby (if raining) of Petit Palais avenue Winston Churchill 75008.
Métro: Champs-Elysées- Clemenceau (lines 1, 13).

Time: To be confirmed. Please bring 11 € for museum ticket in exact change. We have 10 pre-bought group tickets.

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Course Fee: 110 € for 5 sessions, 88 € for 4 sessions or 27 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees.

You can sign up for individual sessions or a series by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

or by calling Chris Boïcos on +33 (0) 686 58 98 09 and by sending a check made out to “Chris Boïcos” to Chris Boïcos, 14 boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. Museum fees are additional to course fees.

Please register for classes in advance to ensure that group visits are not full.

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Coming up in March-Apirl 2018:

 

Thursday 8 March (time to be confirmed): Petit Palais – The Permanent Collections

Visit to the Petit Palais museum with Chris Boïcos.

 

Thursday 15 March, (time to be confirmed):  Tintoretto – Birth of a Genius

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg (7 March – 1 July) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Thursday 22 March, 11:30 am – 1pm:  Mary Cassatt, an American Impressionist in Paris

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André (9 March – 23 July) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Thursday 29 March, 10:15 am – 11:45 am:  Foujita: Les années folles 1913-1931

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Maillol (7 March – 15 July) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Thursday 5 April (time to be confirmed): Frantisek Kupka

Visit to the exhibition at the GrandPalais (21 March – 30 July) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Thursday 12 April 10:30 am – 22 noon: Chagall, Malevich, El Lissitzky, the Russian Avant Garde in Vitebsk (1918-1922)

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (28 March – 16 July) with Chris Boïcos.

 

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The History of Paris – Architecture, Urbanism, Society

Part 7: Paris under the French Revolution (1789-1800) and the Consulate (1800-1804)

 

From the fall of the Bastille (14 July 1789) to that of Maximilien Robespierre (27 July 1794) Paris is the stage in which the French Revolution will play itself out. We will examine key figures, places and events within the city, their symbolic and historical significance: the Bastille symbol of royal tyranny, the Palais-Royal residence of the renegade Duc d’Orléans and public revolutionary center, the Tuileries palace, forced residence of the royal family and later of the committee of Public Safety, the Conciergerie the main revolutionary prison, the Place de la Concorde, site of the guillotine. Jacques-Louis David as the best painter of the day, fervent revolutionary and elected deputy for the city of Paris is the leading revolutionary artist who will train the next generation of neo-classical painters who will work for Napoleon: Ingres, Gros, Gérard, Girodet, Prud’hon. Building in a city in the midst of political and economic crisis virtually stops to begin again timidly during the Directoire (1795-1800.) The return of a relative interior stability uner the directoire will help revive fashion and the arts. The rising star of this later stage of the French Revolution is the young general Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1800 through a coup d’état Bonaparte overthrows the Directoire and proclaims himself Consul of the French Republic. He will prove to be the great modernizer of the city, under whose rule Paris will be, not only the capital of France, but also the center of a new European empire.

 

Course Schedule:  Wednesdays 10:30 am – 12:00 noon.

Coffee and tea served at home sessions between 10:00 and 10:30am.

 

Wednesday 17 Jan. – Slide lecture – Revolution! Paris under the Constitutional Monarchy and the Terror (1789-1794)

Wednesday 24 Jan. – City walk – From the Palais-Royal to the Great Boulevards: Revolutionary Paris.

Meet in front of rue de Rivoli exit of Métro Palais-royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7).

Wednesday 31 Jan. – Slide lecture – Paris under the Directoire (1795-1799)

Wednesday   7 Feb. – Visit to the Musée du Louvre – Neoclassical painting  and the decorative arts under during the French Revolution. Meet by auditorium entrance under Pyramid with ticket in hand at 10:15.

Wednesday 14 Feb. – Slide lecture – Bonaparte! Paris under the Consulate (1800-1804).

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Course Fee: 110€ for 5 sessions or 27 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees.

You can sign up for individual sessions or a series by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

or by calling Chris Boïcos on +33 (0) 686 58 98 09 and by sending a check made out to “Chris Boïcos” to

Chris Boïcos, 14 boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. Museum fees are additional to course fees.

Please register for classes in advance to ensure that group visits are not full.

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