The beginning of April is an important time in the artistic calendar – especially for those in the contemporary art scene. This is when artists and art fan across Paris can converge on the Grand Palais for the Art Paris Art Fair 2019. This event – between the 4th and the 7th this year – is a brilliant chance to see what is new and hot in the city’s art scene. Local talent and new galleries can come together to showcase the best work to keen buyers.
Emil Georg Bührle is one of the most celebrated German art collectors of the modern era. Over a short period in the 1950s, Buhrle amassed an enormous collection of art from some of the best masters in Europe. These pieces stretch from the impressionist movement of the 19th century to some of the masters of cubism and modern art in the mid 20th century. Among them are beautiful pieces by Degas, Cezanne, Monet, Picasso and many more. The collection on its own is a snapshot of European art history through the eyes of a very clever collector.
It is fun to be at the cutting edge of a new art trend or to say that you were the first to see or do something in the art world. This could be the opening of a show by a bright young star, the purchase of a painting from an upcoming gallery or a new event in the calendar. The Paris Art Fair of contemporary art at the Parc des Expos – Porte de Versailles should provide all three experiences in 2019.
There are lots of stereotypes when it comes to a Valentine’s date. Some of the old cliches are great when delivered well. It can be difficult to beat a romantic dinner for two at a top restaurant, followed by an evening’s entertainment at the theatre. Add in a romantic walk and some luxury chocolates and it is many people’s idea of heaven. But, there are other places to enjoy a romantic date that do things a little differently.
In the heart of the 7th arrondissement, near the Hôtel de la Motte Picquet, can be found the prestigious Hôtel des Invalides. This complex of buildings and its huge golden dome, a Parisian landmark, is home to the Army Museum and monuments relating to French military history. Here you can see a magnificent collection of weapons, uniforms, armour, military models and more, as well as the tomb of Napoleon.
For Valentine's Day, take your other half for a romantic and cultural getaway in one the romantic museums of Paris. From your base at the Hotel La Motte Picquet, you can head out to discover these authentic places where love is a central theme. From the Museum of Romantic Life to the Orsay Museum, via the Rodin Museum and the Cluny Museum, you'll be spoiled for choice.