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What’s on in Paris this February

29 January 2016

Visit Outstanding Exhibitions and Concerts at the Louvre During a Cultural Break in Paris

The mix of contemporary and historic architecture at the Louvre is not only one of Paris’ most famous sights, but also houses many of city’s leading artistic shows. From its permanent collection and many exciting exhibitions, to an enchanting musical programme, the iconic museum always makes sure to offer the finest cultural events in the world. This February, expect to see hundreds of Italian drawings from the 16th century, a new eye on old and modern myths, as well as four incredible concerts. Excited? We thought so.

Founding Myths at the Petite Galerie

Have you ever wondered what Darth Vader and Hercules have in common? That is aside from their supposedly extraordinary strength (mental and muscular)? Well, we have – and we’re pretty sure your 10 year-old self is interested in finding out too. Until July 4th, the Louvre’s Petite Galerie is hosting a wonderful exhibition that playfully demonstrates how present-day tales and antique myths have been created from mutual inspirations.

As you walk through the four sections of the show, you’ll discover how the world was created according to past civilizations and learn more about ancient societies and their mythological heroes; Zeus’ son being the top of the iceberg. You’ll have the opportunity to view 70 artworks, which contrast between Anakin’s mask and oil paintings of Icarus or Orpheus – and you’ll finally find out how all of them can come from the same original stories…

Let yourself be carried away by these legends that are as old as the world and spend a fascinating day at the Petite Galerie. Founding Myths is guaranteed to evoke interest in both history enthusiasts and fans of contemporary protagonists alike! Besides, it’s only 20 minutes’ walking distance from Amarante Beau Manoir…

Parmigianino, drawings from the Louvre

If it’s pure classic arts you’re into, bear with us, we’ve got what you need… starting with a little history catch-up.

Once upon a time in the early 16th century...when Europe was slowly ending its passion for Gothic art, Francesco Mazzola, a.k.a. Parmigianino, drew attention to a new style: Mannerism. This modest yet extremely talented draftsman from Parma, Italy (hence the nickname), aimed to depict human bodies by unnaturally exaggerating their traits.

Through the corridors of the museum, you’ll enjoy the many creations of this gifted artist; observing the asymmetry of the faces and the beauty of the over rounded curves he imagined. You’ll let the intricacy of his drawings and the finesse of his paintings take you to a time where the likes of Michel-Ange and Leonardo Da Vinci were ruling the world of European art. Parmigianino died at the young age of 37, but forged a significant legacy that his peers compare to the great Raphael’s work. This alone should be enough to prove his amazing talent – and attract you to this equally amazing exhibition.

Music Season under the Pyramid

For those who tend to be more moved by the beauty of a melody than by the purity of a painting, the museum’s music season is ideal. Accessible through the Pyramid, the Auditorium du Louvre offers a stunning acoustic – perfect for classic recitals.

The first artist to play under its roof will be Juliette Greco, a well-renowned French singer who ends her latest tour with a fantastic night at the Louvre on February 5th and with an even more fantastic repertoire! From Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg, to Edith Piaf and Charles Trénet… enjoy the best of French variety interpreted by one of their closest, and most deeply talented, friends.

Speaking of talented, the Auditorium will also welcome two incredibly gifted pianists – Annie Zhou on February 18th for a lunch concert, and Lise de la Salle on the evening of February 10th. A wonderful string quartet named Quatuor Danish will also be playing at 12.30pm on February 11th. Debussy, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms  are just a few of the great musicians they’ll help you rediscover during a delightful moment in the heart of Paris.

Each nook of the Louvre abounds with cultural treasures waiting for you to find them. From classic recitals, to mythical tales and mannerism style paintings, let yourself be seduced by the quality of the glass pyramid’s events – and enjoy an exceptional cultural break in Paris. 


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