I visit Paris at least once a year. It's one of those magical places that never ever gets old, quite the opposite, every time I'm there I just wanna go back to LA, pack my stuff and move to the City of Lights. Paris is the ultimate city for museum hopping. While I love the Louvre and it's definitely the one that gets the most attention, there are quite a few other museums to add to the Paris itinerary. Though I respect the Old Masters, I prefer Contemporary and Modern Art. Art is to be shared, so here goes my museum hopping guide in Paris.
During my earlier visit in July I went out to Fondation Louis Vuitton, which it is absolutely one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever been to, that's what happens when Daniel Buren meets Frank Gehry. It feels like you're on a boat, with water running through the bottom level and views of Paris from the top levels. I admit to being far more taken with the minimal space and striking architecture than with the exhibits but this was definitely a place that I could have happily spent all day at.
My favorite museum in Paris is the Centre Pompidou. It houses some of my favorite works of art by the founding fathers of Modern Art, like Dubuffet, Otto Dix, Picasso, and Kandinsky amongst others, and carries on to the latest contemporary artists. The impressive building was designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. During my visit, I also caught a special extensive exhibit of Paul Klee. Tip: go to the top floor for a wide-open view of Paris, from the Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower.
I also visited the Palais de Tokyo, it's a MASSIVE compound of creative energy with a beautiful view on the Eiffel Tower. Some of the exhibitions are a bit (read: EXTREMELY) experimental, so it's not for everyone. No Mona Lisa smiles, but lots of installations. In the entrance there is an installation with one of the all time best quotes by Nelson Mandela: "NO ONE IS BORN HATING ANOTHER PERSON BECAUSE OF THE COLOUR OF HIS SKIN...". On my last visit there was also this weird and beautiful exhibition of ink in liquid (as I said, extremely experimental).
PS: next to Palais de Tokyo you find the Musee d'Art Moderne, is you have some energy left.
Lastly, I visited the Grand Palais for an exceptional exhibition of Seydou Keita, which in my opinion, is one of the greatest photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, a photographer of extraordinary vision.
What to wear museum hopping? First, WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES! Most of these museums are enormous, so be ready to walk A LOT. Second, wear something modest. Jeans and t-shirt always work. To be safe, bring along a blazer or light coat. It will look chic and it will also be your safety net if it gets a bit chilly or the dress code is sleeve enforced. Finally, be mindful of accessories, a medium or cross-body bag is ideal, as your hands will surely be wrapped around your camera all day.
I was wearing:
Vintage Elton John t-shirt
Forever 21 coat
Chanel bag and shoes
Shop my look:
Shot on iPhone 6