Last week, we followed Edith piaf to the very well-off XVIth district – hinting that Western Paris has much more to offer than Champs-Elysées bling and luxury cars racing along leafy wide avenues. Your Hotel Louvre Marsollier found the perfect excuse for you to venture into a wealthy Paris…
In the XVIIIth century, Carmontelle imagined « a land of illusions » where « all time and places » unite in response to Duke Philippe d’Orléans’ dream of an English-style garden set in the heart of Paris. The dreamer was to be guillotined, but his dream remained for Parisians to enjoy as the Parc Monceau.
For the first time in its history, the park hosts an outdoor exhibition by Chinese contemporary artists living in Paris today. Their sculptures celebrate and question the relationship between Nature and Culture, working beautifully with their garden setting. This exhibition is companion to another, hosted by the Cernuschi Museum of Asian arts, not far from the park. The museum displays works by Chinese artists who came to live in Paris in the first half of the XXth century. Their work offers fascinating insight into the East-West culture shock, at a time when China was barely opening up to the world, and when Europe was recovering from its first modern war.
From September 9, 2011, to December 31, 2011.
Musée Cernuschi: 7 avenue Vélasquez, 75008 Paris ; everyday from 10 am to 6 pm; closed on Mondays.