The Must-Dos of Paris the week of February 20
Our top picks for the week include expositions that will take you across the borders of Latin America and through the some of the best cheese selections of the French countryside, all without leaving the city and with no French required.
Wednesday, February 20
Géométries Sud, du Mexique à la Terre de Feu (Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia)
11a.m.-8p.m. at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art
Presented by the Foundation Quartier, this exhibit combines more than 250 works of over 70 artists for a celebration of Latin American art. Featuring diverse forms such as sculptures, textiles, architecture, body painting, and photography, this culmination highlights colors and motifs from the pre-Colombian period to contemporary selections. While much of the written commentary is in French, Southern Geometries takes viewers of any language on a visual journey through the heart of Latin American culture. While the event’s official website is in French, you can purchase tickets in English here. Be sure to catch this exhibit before it closes February 24.
Thursday, February 21
Accord de Paris by Bordalo II
2-7 p.m. at the Galerie Mathgoth
A recent collection of sculptures from world-renowned street artist Bordalo II is currently on display at the Galerie Mathgoth in the 13th arrondisement. The exposition includes more than 30 sculptures of animals currently facing extinction, colorfully created using plastics. The works highlight the dangers of climate change and serve as a wake-up call to viewers to preserve our planet. The works are available for viewing until March 2, and if you need another reason to attend, admission is completely free. While the website of the Galerie Mathgoth is in French, directions and hours can still be found under « infos practiques » on this page.
Friday, February 22
Van Gogh, La nuit étoilée (Starry Night)
Atelier des lumières (Workshop of Lights)
This highly anticipated exhibit, opening February 22, projects the works of Van Gogh on the walls of the exhibition where visitors can immerse themeselves from floor to ceiling in some of Van Gogh’s greatest masterpieces while following his development as an artist. The event will also feature work from Gustav Klimt, Friedensreich Hundertwasse, and a studio of works from established and emerging artists. More information in English can be found here.
Saturday, February 23
Le Salon International d’Agriculture (The International Agricultural Show)
9a.m.-7p.m. at the Paris Expo – Porte de Versailles
One of the most diverse events of the week is the opening of the International Agricultural Show. For those looking to see the most of France without leaving Paris, this event is the perfect opportunity to witness life in the French countryside. Viewers can enjoy shows of every type of animal, from dog shows to horse riding to shepherd olympics. If animals are of no interest, one of the largest draws of the event is the milk and dairy product area, where visitors will be able to sample cheeses, ciders, and some of the finest homemade goods from France. For the full list of events, vendors, and tickets in English, visit the event’s official website.
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