THE BEST DAYS OUT

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Sorting out Paris like a pro.

Words CHESTER COLLINS

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The problem with Paris is that there is just too many things to do. Whatever the time you visit, Paris is filled with incredible events, not to mention the multitude of museums with its ever-changing exhibitions. This season, we guide you through some of the best picks and tackling classic sites and shows like a pro.

PARIS DESIGN WEEK
The sprawling site of Paris-Nord Villepinte exhibition centre is injected with this seasonal installment of Maison & Objet’s Paris Design Week. With smart decorative accessories, cutting-edge furniture design and sleek soft furnishings defining the Objet wing, and chic home styling ideas and interior décor in the Maison section, this is a showcase for local and international talent cutting the sharpest edge in interior design.

6 – 15 September, 2018
Parc des expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte, ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte.
www.maison-objet.com

LES GRANDES EAUX MUSICALES AT VERSAILLES
Set against the remarkable gardens of the Château de Versailles, which, along with the gardens, are themselves listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s hard to give this a miss. This musical and visual extravaganza fountain show is set to period melodies, and, if you think about how the pools were constructed in the 17th century, it is considered a feat today to get technology in so the water dances to the music. The event is popular with the tourists in spring and summer, but visit in the Fall and you’ll have less of a queue to worry about.

Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles.
www.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr

TUTTO PONTI GIO PONTI ARCHI-DESIGNER
Pioneering designer and architect of last century, Gio Ponti’s eclectic approach to his projects won him a reputation for revolutionising post-war architecture. This retrospective honours his 57-year career – which counts Milan’s Pirelli Tower and the Denver Art Museum among its accolades – with more than 500 works of the Italian creative’s furniture designs, sketchbooks, industrial drawings, glassware, ceramics and silverwork.

19 October, 2018 – 10 February, 2019
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris.
Madparis.fr

QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE
The newly refurbished Paris Longchamp Racecourse is once again host to Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe’s galloping steeds, pumping adrenaline and high-octane competition, after its previous two years at Chantilly Racecourse. The Arc bears the trophy as Europe’s most prestigious horse race, with a prize fund of EUR 4 million. Admirers of unparalleled equestrian grace can’t miss the purebreds in The Arabian World Cup. Since it was first held on 3 October 1920, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has become the most important flat race in the world, bringing together the finest racehorses and the best jockeys on the planet over one weekend.

6 – 7 October, 2018
Paris Longchamp Racecourse, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris.
www.parislongchamp.com

GRAYSON PERRY
In this first major solo exhibition in France by the celebrated British artist Grayson Perry, La Monnaie de Paris pays tribute to Perry’s immense capacity to produce work that consistently raises pertinent questions about class, religion and sexuality. An inspired display of ceramics, metalworks, tapestries and engravings reflect the contemporary British artist’s skill in juxtaposing saturated colour and texture, as well as his sharp wit when it comes to contemporary social issues. A series of lectures on the countertypes of masculinity in contemporary society will be held during the duration of the exhibition.

19 October, 2018 – 3 February, 2019
La Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 75006 PARIS
www.monnaiedeparis.fr

PICASSO. BLUE AND ROSE
Pablo Picasso’s Blue period began in 1901 and was defined by sombre images of despair and loneliness following the death of his friend. A rosier outlook followed from 1904, reflected in the Spanish artist’s use of warmer colours in his paintings. This exhibition, a large-scale collaboration between the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée Picasso Paris, juxtaposes the two, exploring Picasso’s earlier years as one of the world’s most eminent modern artists.

18 September, 2018 – 6 January, 2019
Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris.
www.musee-orsay.fr

 

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