For some dearly adored people, going to Paris this month means going to Paris Fashion Week. Famous for its fashion empires, it is obvious that the focus would be directed towards that particular event. However, Paris holds more than just fashion.
One aspect that stands out from Paris would be art, and the city is home to many artists. In fact, October 7, which is the last day of fashion week marks the opening of an exhibition filled with longtime-works of a Paris resident, Pablo Picasso. Entitled Picassomania, this exhibition at the Grand Palais is punctuated by works of Picasso from the collections of the Picasso Museum in Paris, the Musée National d’art Moderne, and the artist’s family. They are presented in a way reminiscent of the artist’s arrangements in his studios and the exhibitions that he personally supervised.
Done with the exhibition? Head to Montmartre, one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in France for something wonderful. The four-day festival Fête des Vendanges turns it into a street party. Doors around the neighborhood open up to host everything from wine tastings to garden tours to storytelling events. The big finale is a fireworks display in front of Sacre-Coeur that was described as “a pyro-melodic ride to meet the living.” Whatever that means, it is guaranteed to be being stunning.
A few days after the festival, the City of Light will start its homage to an American auteur with its Scorsese film festival. For six months starting from October 14, there will be a French dubbed screening of documentaries, TV series, and hit movies such as Raging Bull, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Departed. In addition to those, the cinema will also host a mini museum dedicated to Scorsese’s work and his influence on other filmmakers.
Now, for the most delicious in the agenda: the annual Salon du Chocolat. Arguably the best city in the world for chocolate lovers – a chocolate lover paradise, Paris is a must visit for the sweetest of tooth. From October 28 to November 1 at Porte de Versailles, there will be a live-stream crowning of a master chocolatier, a six-foot tall bear made out of (of course) chocolate, and more samples than one can imagine. Indulge in a little bit of everything – literally.
To provide a little fat-burning experience, why not take a walk in a beautiful garden at the Palace of Versailles? In the autumn, although still full of tourists, it is less packed, hence being the best time to visit the location where the British sculptor Anish Kapoor opened his latest exhibition. Known for his large-scale installations like Chicago’s famous Cloud Gate aka the Bean, he has put his ‘sky mirrors’ and other freestanding installations for visitors to examine before closing the exhibition on November 1.
Paris is indeed not all about fashion. However, Paris admittedly is the City of Fashion, so here is one (slightly) fashion related thing to add into the agenda. The Fondation Louis Vuitton celebrates its first anniversary this month. This landmark is a new structure designed by Frank Gehry. Boasting works from Alberto Giacometti, Olafur Eliasson, and Ellsworth Kelly as their permanent collection, the building housing the artworks is every bit as stunning.
It has been described as a cloud, an iceberg, a ship; and is considered by some to be part of reassertion of Paris’ cultural leadership – the lyrical design pushes the boundaries of architectural possibility. Made out of glass and Ductal (a highly durable form of concrete), it is located in the Jardin d’Acclimatation, in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne park. Get as many angles as possible: Your Instagram feed will thank you.
Source: Condé Nast Traveller