Paris is a celebration
At last! The city of Paris is paying homage to Paris itself, with a lavish and varied retrospective exhibition inside one of its own flagship buildings, the Petit Palais. “Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment”, opened on 2 April: a date carefully chosen to resonate with the Universal Exhibition of 1900, which opened on 15 April. This extraordinary showcase spawned a number of structural projects which had a profound impact on the urban landscape, from the Pont Alexandre III (whose first stone was laid by the Tsar during his official visit in 1896) to the Invalides and Orsay train stations, not to mention the construction of the Grand and Petit Palais and the development of the metro system. This was a time to forget the humiliating defeat of 1870 and the horrors of the Commune, and move boldly into the 20th century in spectacular, glittering style! Collectors have not been slow off the mark. For years, with the enthusiast's eagle eye, they have hunted down souvenirs from the time in auctions and bric-a-brac shops. Honour to whom honour is due: naturally, the grand old dame of steel, the Eiffel Tower, enjoys continuing universal acclaim.
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The Louvre is thinking big. With its new spaces dedicated to art from Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette, the Parisian Museum provides a lesson on style, paying splendid homage to the French way of life and expertise. From the strong hues of the absolute rule of the Sun King to the livelier, more varied colours of the "Beloved's" reign and the softer tones of his successor's times, the Musée du Louvre’s new rooms dedicated to the arts of three Louis of France lack neither panache nor typically French rigour as far as museography is concerned.…
While the capital takes its summer break, auctions wend their way to the seaside. Monaco stages its traditional jewellery, vintage and modern/contemporary art sales, and Deauville a number of events focusing on the horse.
Asian week produced some substantial results, particularly with Chinese objects; also some excellent bids for ethnic and contemporary art.
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