Cartier is an icon, having adorned royalty and celebrities for decades, the pieces on display at the Grand Palais in Paris until February 16, 2014 are breathtaking. The only Cartier piece not shown is Elizabeth Taylor's 69.42 carat diamond, but with so many other dazzling works of art, it was not missed.
Many tiaras and crowns were on a rotating display as you entered the room and the necklace and matching bracelet privately commissioned by Maharajas of Patiala could be the budget of a small country today. Definitely worth the price of admission!
We saw the exhibit of "Dyamo" and it was more than dynamic. Wow. HUGE SPACE. I usually lose the will to live in an exhibit after 15 min but this kept me going for hours. Totally worth it.
Any time I go to Paris I will always see what the exhibit is. Amazing stuff.
Essentially the "Crystal Palace" of Paris, this massive exhibit hall was one of the last gasps of the École des Beaux-Arts style of architecture. Namely, it was a Neoclassical aesthetic that emphasized very plastic sculptural façades, statuary, rusticated bases and a plethora of arches and columns. However, this structure is somewhat unique, in that it also incorporates a sophisticated iron roof embedded with glass and a reinforced concrete support system at its base. The entire façade is stunningly beautiful (and one of my favorites in Paris), and the interior vaulted space is breathtaking. I would call it a companion piece to the Eiffel Tower, since it attempted to push the envelope of structural technology at the turn of the twentieth century.
The building has served a variety of purposes over the years, but its primarily a museum today. It currently features Anish Kapoor's giant sculptural spatial experience, "Leviathan." It looks like a giant black balloon in the form of a Greek cross. (Remember, the Parisian authorities are infamous for approving ballsy architectural works throughout the city.)
Went to see Diplo last night here. The architecture is simply spectacular. The inside is more like a convention center, but it was definitely the most impressive convention center I ever saw. The entire ceiling was this glass dome which allowed you to literally dance the night away. There were mant things to do including get snacks, play with old school arcade games, or just star gaze. Of course Diplo was awesome, but some of the staff were definitely more totalitarian as opposed to just authoritative. They would ask you to sit somewhere else if you sat on the floor or steps, and then when you sat on the seats, they would ask you why you were sitting on the seats. Also the coat staff was completely incompetent, because they LOST MY FRIEND'S JACKET. So yeah, awesome venue, but awesome staff, not so much.
This year they installed an ice skating rink here for the winter and spiced it up with a DJ, disco ball, and cool lights that lit up the glass ceiling. The Venue was beautiful! They charged 20 euros to skate at night and 12 during the day. The ice rink got a little crowded but overall I had a blast!
So inexplicably beautiful inside and out. I literally cried inside at the opulence it gets you it is so majestic
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