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Grand Palais, Paris

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  • Visited the Grand Palais for the Irving Penn exhibit last weekend - excellent! Had to wait about 45 minutes to get in but it was worth it. Very well-presented material showing Penn's output and also s...  more »
  • American photographer, Irving Penn is on display at the Grand Palais, Paris monument which was built from 1897, for the universal exhibition. Exhibition organized on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Irving Penn, one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. In partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Retrospective of his work and his collaboration with the magazine Vogue remarkable: Portraits of major figures like Pablo Picasso, Yves Saint Laurent, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Issey Miyakey etc. Surprising: nude photos. Ethnic: portraits in Peru and Africa black activist: cigarettes, charred megos historical photos: portraits of the trades, Baker, coal etc. His work is characterized by an elegant simplicity and remarkable rigor, the studio until the draw that Penn is a meticulous care. Not to be missed, until January 29, 2018
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  • Irving Penn, brother of the Director Arthur Penn, Director of the film "Bonnie and Clyde" was a huge American photographer. He worked as photographer for the famous American magazine VOGUE but not only. The Grand Palais is organizing a very important exhibition which presents the work of Irving Penn as a whole: photos in black and white (fashion photos, portraits of celebrities, nudes, travel photos, a hall dedicated to the small trades in the) 50 years in Paris, London and New York... This exhibition is a feast for the eyes!
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  • Was there for the Irving Penn exhibit. Being disabled and using a motorized chair I was greeted by a guide who took me through the basements and back corridors and service lifts up to the exhibition. When I wanted to move to a different level the guard radioed the guide who quickly came to escort me on the service lift. Like other main museums in Paris entrance was free for me and a companion.
  • The free exhibition is astonishing. There are many fine examples of ceramics, sculpture and painting. There is a beautiful garden with a cafeteria inside. All is in French and if you want audio guide in English or other language you have to pay 5 Euro . Totally recommended .
  • Beautiful exhibition hall and museum off the Champs Elysees. Rotating exhibitions inevitably showcase amazing talent. While we were there, Rodin was featured. Just looking at the building from outside is enough to make you stop. Worth the visit.
  • Went to the Irving Penn exhibition. Do not miss it, but allow 2 hrs because it is enormous. Awesome!
  • It's a must see if you visit Paris. From the gates to the majestic rooms to the beautiful displays to the gorgeous gardens. Unfortunately it rained so the fountains were off. That didn't deter the guests. BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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