Jan 31 2013

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If you want to see Hopper … at midnight in Paris … be quick!

To say I’ve been spoilt lately would be an understatement.  Most of us have heard of Edward Hopper, or are sort of familiar with his simultaneously homely yet somewhat mythological figures in his paintings. But I don’t believe it’s well known that he was very much a Francophile, and stayed in France several times in the first decade of the twentieth century; so much is being made of that in the current Hopper exhibition at the Galeries Nationales in the Grand Palais.

For a while it looked as if the exhibition was all sold out, but then last week in the middle of the freezing weather and a considerable amount of snow,  a very kind friend gave me a ticket and took me with her for a Visite Guidée (guided visit). I’ve never had one of these before. Participants wear special earphones and the guide speaks softly into hers, but can be heard very clearly through the earphones worn by each group member.  A bit like an automatic audio tour, but much better. And a fabulous experience for those of us trying to improve our French. Afterwards, filled with hubris at having understood it all, I was informed by my French friend that the commentary was really very easy!

Due to the popularity of the exhibition, it’s been extended: from now until the 31st January, it’s open Saturday to Thursday until 11pm each night, then from Friday 1st Feb at 9am, it’s open day and night until 11pm on February 3rd. These ‘nuits blanches’ (all-night showings) aren’t uncommon in France, but I don’t believe we have them in Australia…


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