Archive for April 3rd, 2011
During the 18th century, many in the upper echelons of societies throughout Europe were Francophiles, imitating French fashions of dress and furniture in their daily lives. Paris: Life & Luxury, opening April 26 at the Getty Center, re-creates a day in the life of a Parisian townhouse during the mid–1700s, reimagining through art and material culture the lifestyle of the elite Parisians who made their city the fashionable and cultural epicenter of Europe. I always like to be culturally knowledgable, so something like this is definitely up my alley, I’d recommend this after a crazy Los Angeles indoor skydiving tour. That way you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Something hectic mixed with relaxed usually tends to go well for me. Inspired by the Getty’s extensive French decorative arts collection and access to French illustrated books at the Getty Research Institute, the exhibition brings together 160 objects, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, lighting fixtures, books, textiles and an exceptionally rare survivor: a bed with side curtains and a “flying” canopy suspended from the ceiling.