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November's Must-See Exhibits and Their Bags

Goodbye parks and patios, hello museums. Nothing like priceless masterpieces to warm up your body and soul. Let’s head to some November shows in Paris and beyond. 

7 November 2016   | 

What: “René Magritte – The Treachery of Images

Where: Pompidou Center – Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris
When: Ends January 23th
What you’ll see: Around 100 paintings portraying his thoughts on mind-bending depictions from around the world. Divided into five sections representing each of the elements, the inspiration behind the artist’s work, the exhibit’s unprecedented approach is not displayed in chronological order. This is a chance to discover the man outside the standard Surrealist label he is usually boxed into.

The bag you need: The orange Honoré 404 as a nod to fire, one of the elements that inspired Magritte’s painting with shadows, curtains, separated bodies and words.

 

What: Vassily Kandinsky – The Paris Period (1933-1944)

Where: Musée de Grenoble – 5 Place de Lavalette, 38000 Grenoble
When: Ends January 29th
What you’ll see: A collection of paintings and drawings Kandinsky completed in the last decade of his life. The Nazis had closed the Bauhaus School where he was teaching (the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has an exhibit on the school through February 26th) and he left Germany to join his wife in Neuilly-sur-Seine. For ten years his work would be influenced by a keen interest in science and spirituality, dialogues with the Parisian art community and his feelings of being exiled.

The bag you need: The Paris Premier as a tribute to the city that gave the artist a new lease on life.

 

What: La Foire Européenne d’Art Contemporain

Where: Parc des Expositions de Strasbourg – Hall 7, Place Adrien Zeller, 67000 Strasbourg
When: November 25th-28th
What you’ll see: A selection of French and foreign art galleries. The Maeght Foundation, a preeminent cultural institution founded in 1964 by André Malraux, is the guest of honor and will be showing some of its collections in a 100 m2 space. There is also an exhibit by French artist Anne Ferrer, winner of The Commission 2016 from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is displaying an installation created in collaboration with composer John Nichols.

The bag you need: The Longchamp 2.0 Toile or Le Pliage as a nod to Anne Ferrer’s love for textiles and her handiwork – in pink to represent the sugarcoated cheery world she creates.

 

What: Bubble Dream

Where: Art Life Gallery – 13 Rue Alphonse Karr, 83700 Saint-Raphaël
When: Ends December 10th
What you’ll see: A collection of unusual “feel-good” artworks that pay tribute to Pop Art and Street Art. The exhibit includes brightly colored canvases and wall sculptures, works in Plexiglas shaped like puzzle pieces or made to look like Disney characters, graffiti and recycled spray cans – all from a varied group of artists inspired by Constantin Brancusi’s credo, “What really matters in art is joy. You don’t need to understand. Does what you contemplate make you happy? That is the only thing that counts.”

The bag you need: The limited edition Jeremy Scott travel bag with those oh-so-pop telephone receivers, the perfect size for a quick getaway to this region of France where even the weather seems to be smiling.

 

What:Tous à la plage !” (Everyone to the beach!)

Where: Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine – 45 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
When: Ends February 12th
What you’ll see: Big 19th century middle-class homes with ocean views, motor homes, jogging on the beach, paddle boats, swimsuits and bikinis, the first paid vacations and mass tourism, etc. This refreshing show is also about architecture as much as customs, recreation and tourism along a salty boardwalk on the fringes of our relationship with coastlines.

The bag you need: Le Pliage Cocarde in navy blue and white stripes to make you think of the seaside.

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