Louis Vuitton Espace Cultural, Baccarat

On Saturday afternoon I met up with Georgia and we decided to finish looking at the permanent collections at Les Arts Decoratifs. So we headed to Rue de Rivoli but found an enormous queue outside, so we decided to go to what TimeOut calls a quirky museum: Le Musée Baccarat. We jumped on the metro and got off at Georges V near the Champs Elysées. We walked past the Louis Vuitton shop and I stopped to take a photo of the display window. Then we discovered the entrance to L’Espace Cultural Louis Vuitton. We stumbled in as it said there was a free exhibition, thinking it would be about fashion but we were then led into a totally blacked out lift called ‘Your Loss of Senses” by the artist Olafur Eliasson. Ascending in total darkness was certainly a very odd experience. One that I didn’t actually enjoy very much since I got stuck in a left very late at night just last week! Then we came out quite a way up into a white exhibiting space to see Correspondances. An exhibition on the theme of Mail Art, a trend that began at the end of the 50s and brought together artists who chose to make the post an integral part of their art. It showcased 12 artists, I particularly liked the series of postcards by Eleanor Antin called 100 Boots. She photographed 100 boots in random scenes and then made these photos into postcards and everyone loved them! Vittorio Santoro mailed an invitation to hundreds of people saying “In a central area, please write the following sentence by hand: “Silence destroys consequences” His work consisted of all these letters posted to him from all around the world in different handwriting. It reminded me of Postsecret. We were also given a lovely book about the artists in the exhibition as we left. Definitely a hidden gem on the Champs Elysée!
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We then continued on to Musée Baccarat. We found it was building nestled amongst all the embassys at Iéna, so a very nice district! We visited the Haute Couture crystal exhibition which was absolutely stunning. A red carpet was lain out at the entrance and the most beautiful chandelier you have ever seen was at the top of a grand staircase. There were several rooms, Folie des Grandeurs, the Alchemy room and the Beyond Transparency room. All showcased a very impressive array of crystal from Tsar Nicolas II’s candelabrum to embellished sets of glasses and vases and the most beautiful chandeliers. It was all very grand and obviously worth a lot of money. Georgia and I were both pretty shocked at the prices in the shop, but both really enjoyed the exhibition. Afterwards we went to the cinema at Les Gobelins which is very near my flat and we saw Gangster Squad, which was pretty good!
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