Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A very fashionable art season ahead

I never like seeing summer come to a close (it’s dark by 9 p.m. now. Sigh). But this fall has a pretty kickass lineup of art exhibitions

Le Musée Carnavalet brings to life the story of Louis Vuitton—oui, Louis!—from October 13, through February. (So you don’t have to hightail it up to the private museum in Asnières to learn about the brand). There’s also a new exhibition about “Peter Pan” at l’Espace Culturel on the Champs-Elysées.

Le Kaiser will display his own photographs—150 of ’em—at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, starting today, running through October.

In real art… Basquiat! Woohoo! His first retrospective in Paris opens October 15th at the Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and runs through January.

Outside the city, the equally nutty and colorful Murakami invades Versailles. His Kaikai, Kiki and Oval Buddha will spark some interesting conversations to be sure, from the 14th of September through December 12th.

Larry Gagosian inaugurates his new two-story gallery à Paris on October 20th.

I’m not much of a French TV person, but the series starting on Canal+ in October, “Maison Close” seems pretty intriguing. Oh, it’s about a luxe bordello in the 19th Century. (Intrigue!)

Lots of good fashion popping up, too. Maybe we’ll all be so lucky as to get invited to a few shows (except Chanel's). But if not, Vanessa Bruno is selling her Athé line from the temporary shop, set up like un appartement on rue Vielle du Temple, until the end of September, while Hermès pops up in Colette from September 27th to the 16th of October, featuring a wee collection of four limited edition scarves.

Louis Vuitton will host an Edun pop-up shop in the old Kenzo store at Pont Neuf from October 5-10 (top floor, featuring an interactive exhibition that yours truly worked on).

And get ready to queue up at H&M on November 23rd. It’s when us mere mortals will be able to afford a little Lanvin something-something.


  1. You like Basquiat? He is everywhere--on the walls of buildings, scrawled and inscribed on sidewalks, written in gutters and rooftops, projected onto clouds (themselves the shape of everything in the world), in the pages of books adrift in the Seine, in the looks of old men, in the startled glances of elegant young ladies walking their little dogs in the tuileries. But not in the dripping excrement from the gavels of the rich into the navels of the poor, who think it is mercury sizzling there. The poor, who are lined up to gaze for a prize at the limits of their imagination captured in frames suspended in cubes that are guarded by men in ill fitting uniforms who tell you, no photography allowed.

  2. Here's a round-up of autumn art I did for RFI in English: It features less fashion, I'm afraid, and I have to admit I missed Basquiat - still there was a show of his work at the Musée Maillol not long ago.