Destination: Paris

arts adventure destination: Paris France

I had a very fortunate opportunity come my way: my wife had to travel to Paris on business, and I was able to take time off from my work and join her. While her work schedule didn’t allow for a lot of joint exploration together, I found myself in a unique situation: no responsibilities of work, children or pets, and the whole city of Paris in front of me, with multiple days to soak up as much art as I could.

At first thought in regards to art, the city of Paris brings to mind the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay with its fantastic collection of Gustav Courbet masterpieces as well as a treasure trove of Impressionism, the Monet Waterlilies at Musée de l’Orangerie, contemporary art at the Pompidou, and all of the other fantastic museums that could keep me busy (and very happy) for days on end. But that doesn’t really fit with the theme of The Arts Adventurer, who is “looking for art that doesn’t come with white walls and an audio guide.” Fortunately, I was able to enjoy the best of both worlds: I took in as many museums as I could, and reveled in seeing all of those masterpieces of art history right before my eyes, but I was pleasantly surprised by the incredible amount of art in the streets throughout the city. Everywhere I turned, there was something to see, something to distract me from wherever I was going. Whether it was a sculptural element on the side of a building, a funky mosaic on the floor of the cafe where I bought my morning coffee, or street art and graffiti, there was always something enthralling to see.

Click on any of the post titles below to see more of my arts adventures in Paris.

The Hanging Gardens of Montparnasse

The Hanging Gardens of Montparnasse

I had read about the Jardin (French for “Garden”) Atlantique, which was also known as “The Hanging Gardens” of Montparnasse,

Le Bateau Lavoir, the home of Cubism and Picasso's studio

Le Bateau Lavoir, birthplace of Cubism

Paris, November 2012, Chapter 2: Without question, Pablo Picasso is one of my favorite artists, and to visit Paris, where

inside the Industrial Church of Montparnasse

The Industrial Church

Montparnasse has proved to be a part of Paris worthy of several Arts Adventures. Two posts ago, I detailed my


Graffiti and street art in Montparnasse

After spending the morning exploring the Cimetiére du Montparnasse, I proceeded to explore the streets of Montparnasse, both to get

Monparnasse Cemetery

Sculpture and art amongst the dead and buried

Early on in my trip to Paris, I bought a museum pass, which for one flat fee, allows one to