The 104 (Centquatre) is a public cultural cooperative in Paris, open since 2008 on the site of a former municipal funeral parlor. The entirely renovated complex is one of Europe's largest artists' residencies: dancers, writers, painters, sculptors, designers and just about anybody with creative proclivities and something to contribute can exhibit in the large 29,000 square meter space.
Abbaye royale de Chaalis
Formerly the home of Nélie Jacquemart-André, a wealthy art collector, this beautiful château within the woodlands is today a museum that houses more than 6000 displays of furniture, art, paintings and manuscripts. The items on display are all from Boucher, Giotto and Houdon. This museum is located to the north of Paris. Relax in the huge park and stroll along the pond and the rose gardens here.
Aquarium Tropical de la Porte Dorée
A great place for kids and adults, the Aquarium Tropical de la Porte Dorée exhibits tank after tank of vibrantly-colored tropical and marine fish, from mandarins and sea anemones to clown fish. Often exhibitions are held here where fish from the Amazon such as the piranha and even crocodiles have been displayed.
Arènes de Lutèce
Along with the Thermes de Cluny, the Arènes de Lutèce are the only vestige left of the early Romans of Lutèce. This former amphitheater, likely first constructed in the first century AD, and reconstructed again in the 6th century, could contain more than 15000 people. The ruins were discovered at the end of the 18th century, and thanks to its classification as a Historical Monument, the Arènes de Lutèce can now be visited everyday for free.
Arc de Triomphe
Standing tall at the west end of the famous Champs-Élysées is the Arc de Triomphe. Perhaps the most famous arc in the world, it was constructed by Napoleon to honor his military victories and remember the soldiers who fell in his campaigns. It also houses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, honoring the soldiers of the First World War. You can join a tour that takes you to the small museum inside the arc and ends at a rooftop terrace which offers great views of the city.
Description: The two exhibitions simultaneously presented at the two sites belonging to the Pinacothèque in Paris, invite visitors to discover the development of the French Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements through one of its icons, Tamara de Lempicka. The exhibition brings together over two hundred objects in all areas of life and the arts, which in their own way revolutionized aesthetic and cultural thought. (source: pinacotheque.com)
Start: April 18, 2013 End September 08, 2013
Chagall, Between War and Peace
Location: Musée du Luxembourg
Description: This dialectic of war and peace in the broadest sense highlights the essential aspects of Chagall’s work. By exploring the decisive episodes in his life, it helps us understand the link between his vision of the human condition and his sincere, sensitive pictorial technique, which, thirty years after his death, is still strikingly innovative. (source: museeduluxembourg.fr)
Start: February 21, 2013 End July 21, 2013
Location: Quai Branly, Musée du
Description: At the intersection of anthropology, history of ancient and contemporary art, fashion and manners, this exhibition explores the universal theme of hair in the personal and social spheres.
Start: September 18, 2012 End July 14, 2013
CLAUDE LÉVÊQUE | UN INSTANT DE RÊVE
Location: Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Description: Claude Lévêque is not a photographer, or even a painter-photographer as Boltanski, Gette, Annette Messager and Le Gac were in the 1970s, but an artist who photographed all the time, more than photographers perhaps more the painters and photographers certainly. A major artist in France today, this exhibtion is like a sketchbook of his works.
Start: April 17, 2013 End June 16, 2013
De l’Allemagne | German Thought and Painting, from Friedrich to Beckmann, 1800-1939
Description: This exhibition, comprising over two hundred works, offers a reflection on the main themes that structured German thinking from 1800 to 1939. It places artworks and their artists—including Caspar David Friedrich, Paul Klee, Philipp Otto Runge and Otto Dix—in the intellectual context of their time, and confronts them with the writings of great thinkers, chief among whom is Goethe. (source: louvre.fr)
Start: March 28, 2013 End June 24, 2013