Check out a graffiti exhibit, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s hairstylist, a hot rooftop lounge and a display of Breguet watches while in the City of Light.
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TOWERING HISTORY: The Eiffel Tower’s 120th year as part of the Parisian skyline is celebrated with an exhibition focusing on its designer “Gustave Eiffel, le magicien du fer” at the Hôtel de Ville through Aug. 29. The show chronicles the architect’s life and engineering works, as well as the history of the monument and its impact on Paris and its citizens. Notebooks, drawings and diagrams record the many projects Eiffel undertook in his lifetime, from bridges and viaducts to the metal framework for the Statue of Liberty; photographs and paintings narrate the Eiffel Tower’s artistic and cultural significance.
Hôtel de Ville, Salle Saint Jean, 5 Rue de Lobau, +33-1-42-76-51-53.
— Madeline Stoeri
ROYAL TREATMENT: The Pavillon de la Reine hotel, nestled on the leafy Place des Vosges in the Marais, has installed a Carita Spa on its lower floor. The 2,780-square-foot streamlined space, replete with discreetly cascading water, offers treatments for the face, body, feet, hands and hair. The Peau de Satin treatment includes a 60-minute exfoliation and lymphatic draining for 130 euros ($183). A facial firming treatment, called Lift Fermeté, is one hour and 45 minutes and costs 180 euros ($253).
Pavillon de la Reine, 28 Place des Vosges, +33-1-40-29- 19-19.
— Jennifer Weil
CHANNELING COLETTE: “Chéri” fans should head to the Galerie Mary Beyer glove store, where “Homage to Colette” pays tribute to the French novelist and former Palais Royal resident. The exhibition includes photos by Anne Garde taken in the author’s home just after her possessions were removed and showing ghostly traces of Colette’s belongings, such as the marks on walls left by her paintings. A display of a limited edition line of diamond-studded lockets by Edouard Pascaud, called “Precious Tales,” features portraits of Colette and her cat and pooch (Bâton and Toby), as well as unique guipure lace jewelry pieces and gloves by Beyer.
Galerie Mary Beyer, 32-33 Galerie Montpensier, +33-1-42-61-41-85.
— Katya Foreman
ART ATTACK: The Paris art scene offers a diverse exhibits on everything from Alexander Calder to New York street graffiti this summer.
The Les Arts Décoratifs museum focuses on Toulouse-Lautrec in a show running through July 12. Twenty-six of his iconic posters are on display. Other galleries in the museum are devoted to avant-garde and Art Deco jewelry, including creations by Jean Després and Raymond Templier.
Over at the Centre Pompidou, there is “Kandinsky,” comprised of more than 100 of the Russian painter’s oeuvres, and “Alexander Calder,” which includes part of his circus series and his mobiles.
Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson is in focus at several galleries around town, including the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris has “L’Imaginaire d’après nature,” which illustrates his talent for capturing images from nature.
“The Big World of Andy Warhol” at the Grand Palais features mixed media pieces and videos. And the Fondation Cartier is paying homage to street art with “Né dans la rue,” an exhibition of photographs, films and large-scale wall paintings exploring the birth of graffiti in New York City.
Les Arts Décoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli, +33-1-44-55-57-50.
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, +33-1-44-78-12-33.
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5/7 Rue de Fourcy, +33-1-44-78-75-00.
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, +33-1-53-67-40-00.
Grand Palais, Avenue du Général Eisenhower, +33-1-44-13-17-17.
Fondation Cartier Pour L’Art Contemporain, 261 Boulevard Raspail, +33-1-42-18-56-50.
— Natasha Montrose and E.B.
STARCK OUTLOOK: It’s hard to escape Philippe Starck this summer. He’s recently put the finishing touches on an interior for the Paradis du Fruit restaurant on Avenue George V, including giant plasma screens and stainless steel trees, and has also just refurbished the hip Mama Shelter hotel’s terrace.
Since its opening in the 20th arrondissement in October, the low-cost, high-design hotel has brought an air of cool to eastern Paris, thanks to its Alain Senderens-run restaurant housed on the ground floor.
On the roof, guests lounge on beds and picnic tables and nibble on an all-you-can-eat buffet (for 39 euros, or $50, excluding drinks, reservations required). Weather permitting, the patio will stay open through October, at which point owner Serge Trigano will unveil the new look of the indie music venue La Flèche d’Or, across the street, which he also owns.
Le Paradis du Fruit, 47 Avenue George V, +33-1-47-20-74-00.
Mama Shelter, 109 Rue du Bagnolet, +33-1-43-48-48-48.
— Chantal Goupil and Tina Isaac
HAIR APPARENT: Madeleine Cofano, hairstylist of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Catherine Deneuve and Audrey Tautou, has opened her first salon in central Paris. The elegant, 1,890-square-foot space is sprinkled with chandeliers and an assortment of Aveda products shelved in a large shell-esque structure. Cuts and color start at 120 euros ($169) each, and highlights are approximately 150 euros ($211).
Salon Madeleine Cofano, 11 Rue Saint Florentin, +33-1-42-05-10-10.
PERFECT TIMING: Breguet, among the world’s oldest watchmakers, is the sole attraction in a retrospective at the Louvre. Located in the museum’s Sully wing, which the Swiss brand helped restore, the show — running through Sept. 7 — includes an extraordinary variety of timepieces. For example, the Breguet number 1160 is a copy of a watch commissioned as a gift for Marie Antoinette, meant to incorporate every precision and latest development of the time. It was completed in 1827 after several lengthy interruptions, but was stolen in 1983 from a Jerusalem museum. Police recovered it two years ago.
Musée du Louvre, Place du Carrousel, +33-1-40-20-53-17.
— Elena Berton