Thursday, July 4, 2013

Last Days for Two Black Paris Expos

Two special expositions are currently running in Paris and their last days are fast approaching. Those of you who are in town until July 15th are in luck - you can still see them. But you've got to act quickly!!!

Nelson Mandela: De prisonnier à Président (From Prisoner to President)
Exposition ends July 6, 2013

Image from the Hôtel de Ville Web site

Created by the Apartheid Museum of South Africa in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the exposition examines Mandela's life through six distinct lenses:

- the man
- the comrade
- the leader
- the prisoner
- the negotiator
- the statesman

It highlights the essential role that he played in the struggle against apartheid and demonstrates how he rebuilt the nation of South Africa from the ruins of conflict by exploiting the "arms" at his disposal: militantism, love, persuasion, forgiveness, acute political sensitivity, and self deprecation. Among the exhibits are a reproduction of the sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli (which inspired the image [see above] that the Hôtel de Ville is using to promote the exposition), numerous portraits, short films, and political banners.

Hôtel de Ville de Paris
75004 Paris
Free entry via the courtyard in front of the Hôtel de Ville
Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM (last access at 6:30 PM)

Alexis Peskine: Rising Above France
Exposition ends July 15, 2013

Image from the Be-ESPACE Gallery Web site

Franco-Russian-Afro-Brazilian artist Alexis Peskine creates incredibly powerful works of art with painted backgrounds and accents made from nails. His oeuvre is freshly, starkly, socio-political and yet is sometimes infused with wry humor. The following is a description of his technique as published by Galerie BE-Espace:

The nail takes the place of the brushstroke. A very particular artistic material, it is also a pointed metaphor: raw and uncompromising. In his portrait gallery, Peskine does not want to see just a single face: he uses nine sizes of nail that he drives in at different depths to create a sense of relief and introduce a third dimension. His works are based on graphics that use photography and Photoshop to achieve stencil-like effects. He hammers in nails, mounts them on wooden backings, and paints or varnishes them; sometimes he gilds them with gold leaf. The result is a combination of simple materials and technology, of ancestral themes and modernity, of art and craft.

Originally scheduled to close on June 21st, this show has been extended for three weeks and three days.

57, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
Free entry
Monday to Saturday: 2:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunday: by appointment


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