A few ideas for things to do in what promises to be a warm weekend in Paris.
An affordable art fair
Advertised as an event for those who don't dare to push open the doors of a gallery, the Grand Salon d'Art Abordable, held at the Bellevilloise this weekend, will feature over 200 creations from more than 40 artists - all available at 'bargain' prices. Ok, maybe the investment will still be quite substantial, but at least you'll know that the money goes directly to the artist, and if you choose carefully, you never know how that investment could grow in the future.
For full information on the event, see here: http://www.salon-art-abordable.com/
Les Irisiades at Auvers sur Oise
With the weather promising to be warm (at last...) this weekend, what could be better than a trip to the village of the impressionists and Van Gogh, Auvers sur Oise? Always an interesting and pleasant place to visit, this weekend sees the annual 'Irisiades' festival, which is basically a large garden show at the Chateau d'Auvers.
For more information see: http://www.new-paris-ile-de-france.co.uk/events-paris/festivals/les-irisiades-295711.html.
Gare du Nord - an exhibition of Dutch photographers in Paris
Paris has of course been an inspiration to photographers from all over the world, and those from Holland are no exception. Featuring mostly pictures from a golden post-war age in the 1950s, it brings together work from over 50 photographers and includes portraits of some of the major stars of the period as well as ordinary scenes of the city itself. As an additional bonus, you can also discover two rare experimental films from the 1920s and 30s, one of which focusses on the life of the Les Halles market.
Click here to download the press release in English, which not only gives details on opening times and the location of the show, but also details on the photographers and their pictures: http://www.institutneerlandais.com/tentoonstelling/PDF/Gare_du_Nord/DEFPressreleaseGareduNordDutchphotographersinParis2012.pdf.
Photo top, from exhibition: Fred Brommet, Place de la Madeleine, 1956