PARIS: Paris Photo




From Thursday 9th of November 9th to Sunday 12th of November


Paris Photo, the world’s largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, will hold its 21st edition November 9th through 12th, 2017 at the historic Grand Palais in Paris. The annual event for collectors, professionals, artists, and enthusiasts, Paris Photo offers its visitors the most qualitative and diverse selection of artworks alongside an ambitious public program with leading figures in the field.

Over 180 galleries and publishers will present a complete panorama of the history of photography: from vintage and modern works to contemporary creations, rare and limited editions, and avant-premiere book releases. Paris Photo is the occasion for visitors to expand their knowledge of the medium thanks to exhibitions, awards, signature sessions, special events, and talks and discussions with artists, curators, critics, and historians.


Grand Palais

Metro: lines 1 and 13 Champs-Élysées Clemenceau

Avenue Winston Churchill

75008 Paris

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PARIS: Irving Penn

21 September 2017 to 29 January 2018

2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the greatest photographers of the20th century. This exhibition, organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and The Réunion des musées nationaux– Grand Palais, in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation, is the first major retrospective of the American artist’s work in France since his death. It looks back over his seventy-year career, with more than 235 photographic prints, all produced by the artist himself, as well as a selection of his drawings and paintings. The Irving Penn exhibition offers a comprehensive vision of the range of genres he worked in: fashion, still life, portraits, nudes, beauty, cigarettes and debris. With his fine arts background, Irving Penn developed a body of visual work that is defined by its elegant simplicity, a taste for minimalism and an astonishing rigor, evident from the studio to the darkroom, where he perfected his unique photographic prints.

This exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and The Réunion des musées nationaux– Grand Palais, in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation.

Metro: lines 1 and 13 Champs-Élysées Clemenceau

Avenue Winston Churchill

75008 Paris

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PARIS: Christian Dior – Couturier du Rêve

Exhibition from July 5th 2017 to January 7th 2018

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior. This lavish and comprehensive exhibition invites visitors on a voyage of discovery through the universe of the House of Dior’s founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri. The selection of over 300 haute couture gowns designed between 1947 and the present day has a unifying thread of emotions, life stories, affinities, inspirations, creations and legacies.

Metro : 1, stop : Palais Royal, Musée de Louvre

Musée des Arts décoratifs

107, rue de Rivoli

© Les Arts Decoratifs

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PARIS: FIAC – International Art Fair

For its 44th edition from 19 to 22 October 2017 in Paris, FIAC hosted a carefully balanced selection of leading international galleries in the iconic Grand Palais. FIAC consolidates the presence of major galleries working in the field of modern and contemporary art and confirms its support of the emerging generation. Fresh, eclectic and edgy, this year’s selection was sure to attract wide-spread attention from connoisseurs and amateurs alike. Keen interest from exhibitors in all sectors of the market confirms Paris’s growing appeal. Increasingly FIAC appears as a must in the autumn calendar.

Grand Palais et Petit Palais

Métro: lines 1 and 13 Champs-Élysées Clemenceau

Bus: lines 28, 32, 42, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93

Avenue Winston Churchill

75008 Paris


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Diference in culture as a problem?

I have never seen a difference in culture as a problem or something that builds a wall between me and somebody I meet. Of course, with all the differences in belief and so on, I know that people don’t always have the best feelings with each other and that those distances are ‘normal’.

But now, while being here in Africa, I personally experience this distance between people based on color and culture. I don’t want to believe in this difference, but I cannot be blind to it neither.

Currently I am working in a hotel in Tanzania. In the hotel white people eat with white people and black people with black. The hotel is owned by Polish people, and surprisingly most managing positions are held by expats. White people get convenient staff rooms with Air conditioning while others have to share their room with 2 other people. WHY? Why can’t my German friend not share her room with a local trainee girl? WHY is it possible that in the 21st century, hotels in paradise Islands are not fair to all employees? And most funny, WHY am I even surprised that this unfairness is here? As a tourist it is kind of my own fault that there is this big unfairness! Money invested in those islands can be seen as good, but my question is, were local people not more satisfied with what they had before ‘mzungos’ came to these paradise islands.

‘Renske, you cannot go there alone. Renske, you cannot trust that local person.’ Renske, do not be so naïve. ‘Renske, do what you want but do not cry when something happens to you.’ STOP. Let me discover by myself, and form my own opinion about the situations that I am in.

Yesterday, we celebrated Johny’s birthday. Johny turned 24 and is from Dar es Salaam. We had balloons, chips, drinks and MUSIC. Everybody was dancing together. Johnny and his friends tried to teach me how to dance ‘African Style’! The most amazing thing about this evening was the appreciation Johnny had for this simple party we organized for him. While being together this evening, there was no difference among each other and I would like to keep it that way. I would like to keep this cultural and racial distance as small as the distance in dancing next to each other. We can learn from each other, and have fun together. I will create my own opinion about the differences we have, and the trust I should and can’t have in people surrounding me.


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