The Grevin Museum in Paris has long been an important part of the cultural scene of Paris. There has always been a strong line-up of waxworks to draw in the crowds and entertain visitors. However, the line-up has been the same for a long time. That is why the curators at the museum decided it was time for a massive renovation. The institution has no reopened and is better than ever.
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The exhibition is a new long-term show taking place in the museum’s Evolution Gallery. The plan is to split the area into sections based on different aspects of the ocean. This means that we won’t just see the more obvious, familiar creatures from the surface and local shores. There are also sections on distant seas and the strange bioluminescent worlds in the deepest ocean trenches. This means an incredibly diverse series of specimens and artefacts under one roof.
Anting-Anting are an important part of Filipino Culture. These amulets are talismans of protection designed to protect the wearer from home and even bring them love and wealth. They are a good luck symbol that brings together Catholic iconography with more traditional, local beliefs. The talismans may be a foreign idea to many French viewers, but the ideas and symbols are not. That is why the new show at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris is so interesting.
In the 18th century, Colbert ordered a series of works for King Louis XIV that would showcase the magnificence of his reign. This included a series of etchings that showcased Paris at the time. The plates used have become important artefacts in Parisian art culture and this collection is now part of a larger exhibition in the Pyramide – Cour Napoléon at the Louvre for their Spring series.
Ancient Egypt will forever capture the imagination of the modern world. Everything about the culture, religions and grandeur of the civilisation seems to foreign, yet so beautiful.