Every time I am in Paris I see the exhibitions at the Fondation Pierre Berge -Yves Saint Laurent on the avenue Marceau.
The exhibition space is not large but always manages to present a thorough and intimate story or portrait of its carefully selected subjects. It is the quiet jewel I like to visit between other museum visits where lines are long and the crowds claustrophobic.
If I want to linger and read, there is time, space and quiet.
I am glad that I managed to see the Gisele Freund before it closed on January 29th. The pensive black and white portraits of James Joyce, Andre Gide, Colette and others stare off into the distance contemplating the next sentence...or stanza or perhaps something monumental, cataclysmic or life altering...
In the world of fiction I guess many of their works were just that.
A storefront representing Shakespeare and Co. was constructed in the gallery creating a visual focal point of the exhibition as a reminder that the small bookshop in Paris established by expat and patron, Sylvia Beach, had been a literary home to them all.
I look forward to my next visit....
MUSEUM INFORMATION...For your next visit....
Musée du Luxembourg
19 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
Open Daily from 10 am until 8 pm and until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed December 25th and May 1st.
The Cézanne and Paris exhibition has closed.
For more information on the Musée du Luxembourg please visit their website at:
Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent
5 avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 31 64 00
3 rue Léonce Reynaud, 75116 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 31 64 31
Open daily from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am until 6 pm. Closed on public holidays.
For more information on the Fondation Pierre Bergé -Yves Saint Laurent please go to:
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
62 rue des Archives, 75003 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 01 92 40
Open daily from 11 am until 6 pm, except Mondays. Extended hours starting 1 February 2012 on Wednesdays, 11 am until 9:30 pm.
For more information on the Musée de la Chasse please go to: