LEGO bricks as an authentic art medium
Following London and Brussels, it is now the French capital’s turn to host the original works of American artist Nathan Sawaya.
Through his exhibition entitled “The Art of The Brick”, we discover works made from a million LEGO bricks! Nathan Sawaya has, among other things, created sculptures based on famous works of art, such as Rodin’s “The Thinker”, “The Venus” de Milo, or even, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”. We can also admire: representations of landmarks, like Chartres Cathedral’s north transept rose window, as well as characters from the artist’s imagination. A retrospective, which will delight visitors of all ages.
“The Art of The Brick: Nathan Sawaya’exhibition”, from May 14th to August 30th 2015.
Open every day, except on Tuesday, from 10am to 6pm in May and June 2015.
In July and August 2015, open every day from 10am to 7pm.
Family rate (2 children and 2 adults): 54 euros
Single rate on Fridays: 13.50 euros
Parc des Expositions de Parisbrickartist.com Parc des expositions de Paris
Porte de Versailles 75015 Paris
Métro : Porte de Versailles (line 12).
(in french)Crédit photo : The Art of The Brick : Nathan Sawaya, « Yellow » - © MIAM MIAM CREATIVE LAB.
The Monnaie de Paris hosts Marcel Broodthaers
The Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) showcases a reproduction of the famous museum created by Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers in 1968.
This admirer of Magritte and Mallarmé had set up an authentic museum of modern art in his Düsseldorf residence. At the time, he wanted to address the status of copies on the market, and, in the process, give up on painting, but also call into question the legitimacy of works of art. This museum was divided in different sections, which the Monnaie de Paris has taken the trouble to recreate exactly as it used to be, including some of its main elements, like the “Rocker Arm of Austerlitz” or the “White Room”.
“Marcel Broodthaers: Museum of Contemporary Art - Department of Eagles” exhibition, from April 18th to July 5th 2015.
Open every day from 11am to 7pm.
Late opening on Tuesday until 10pm.
Full rate: 12 euros.
Monnaie de Parismonnaiedeparis.fr Crédit photo : Marcel Broodthaers : musée d'art moderne - département des Aigles (affiche) – DR
11, Quai de Conti
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 46 56 66
Métro : Pont Neuf (line 7).
32nd edition of the Puces du Design
For over 15 years, the Puces du Design (Flea market for design) have represented a particularly daring gamble: to organize an antiquarian bric-a-brac trade specialized in design!
A successful gamble, since Bercy Village will host the event’s 32nd edition, from May 28th to May 31st 2015. This year, the Puces du Design will focus on landscape furniture in the 50s. At the time, this trend used to successfully fascinate artists and architects, who made landscape their creations’ primary theme.
This period notably matches the addition of new materials in their works, such as resins, fibers, or even plastic substances. This free exhibition gives an opportunity to discover sculptures, lamps, unique pieces and collector’s items from this era, as well as understand the history of design.
32nd edition of the Puces du Design, from May 28th to May 31st 2015.
Open Thursday, from 2pm to 6pm, and from Friday to Sunday, from 10am to 7pm.
Free access and entrance.
Place des Vins de France
Métro : Cour Saint-Emilion (line 14).pucesdudesign.com
(in french) bercyvillage.com
(in french)Crédit photo : Copyright Urbanoïd
We Love Green Festival returns at the Bagatelle Park
On May 30th and May 31st 2015, the eco-friendly festival We Love Green returns at the Bagatelle Park for its newest edition.
Especially appreciated by Parisians, We Love Green is the first in a long series of summer festivals to come in the capital and its surroundings. Its distinctive feature: in addition to featuring a refined electro-indie program, this festival can pride itself on being respectful of its environment.
Based on a sustainable development charter, it allows festival-goers to have fun, all the while being aware of the importance of nature’s protection. Several means are therefore put in place: reuse of cutlery, water tanks instead of individual bottles, waste sorting, etc. Christine & The Queens, Nicolas Jaar, Ben UFO, and Joey Bada$$ will be featured this year. These artists will take turns on the two stages set up in the park. We Love Green is undoubtedly an all-Bohemian festival!
“We Love Green” Festival, on May 30th and May 31st 2015.
Concerts on Saturday May 30th, from 2:30pm to 12am, and on Sunday May 31st, from 2:30pm to 11:30pm.
Rate: Ticket from 33 euros.
We Love Greenwelovegreen.fr
Parc de Bagatelle
Métro : Porte Maillot (line 1 or RER C), ou Pont de Neuilly (line 1).
(in french) Crédit photo : Affiche de l'édition 2015 du festival We Love Green © welovegreen.fr
The top rooftop restaurants in Paris
Paris, like New York, shelters several rooftop restaurants, such as Molitor, the Mama Shelter or the Hotel Raphael, for the inhabitants of the Parisian capital’s enjoyment.
Crédit photo : La terrasse de l’Hôtel Raphaël © Hieu To
Inaugurated in 1929, the piscine Molitor has been Paris’ most popular swimming pool for 60 years.
Abandoned at the hands of street artists, it has recently been remade in the form of a facility mixing art with hotel trade and luxury gastronomy. One can now savor kebab or sip a cocktail on the terrace-converted rooftop. Decorated with aromatic herbs and flowers, it provides a certified summer-like setting at the heart of Paris with, as a bonus, a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower.
Open from June to September.
Antipasti: 9 euros.
13, rue Nungesser et Coli
Tél. : +33 (0)1 56 07 08 50
Métro : Michel-Ange Molitor (line 9) ou Porte d’Auteuil (line 10).
The Terrace of the Hotel Raphael
The Raphael is a five-star hotel, which likes to perpetuate a certain way of life à la française.
On the building’s top floor, you will find a refined terrace bathed in red and white hues offering a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. It is possible to have a drink, eat lunch or dine on site. The menu lists high-quality cuisine, such as foie gras or blue lobster, but also a vegan dish. Nice touch: a giant chessboard has been set up on the terrace!
Open from May onwards.
Restaurant: Monday to Friday, from 12:30pm to 2pm, and from 7:30pm to 10pm.
Bar: every day from 4pm onwards
Menu: 95 euros
17, avenue Kléber
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 64 32 10
Métro : Kléber (line 6).
The Mama Shelter
Once the sun has reached its zenith, the Mama Shelter hotel opens its famous rooftop.
With its hammocks and colorful garlands, it provides a holiday atmosphere at the heart of Paris. The menu also aims to sound summer-like: swordfish steak, meze assortment, ear of corn, or BBQ cooking. As a bonus, you can enjoy the bar’s rap and R&B-oriented music, as well as delicious cocktails. Mama Shelter’s rooftop is also a popular tanning spot. A place to discover with your friends.
Open Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
Dinner: 49 euros per person.
109, rue de Bagnolet
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 48 48 48
Métro : Alexandre Dumas (line 2) ou Porte de Bagnolet (line 3).
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