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Portland Art Museum 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205
Travel back to Paris at the dawn of the 20th century and experience the splendor of the sparkling French capital as it hosted the world for the International Exposition of 1900. This was the height of the Belle Époque, a period of peace and prosperity in France when fine art, fashion and entertainment flourished as never before. Fifty-one million visitors from around the world attended the Exposition and flooded the city, where they enjoyed its posh restaurants, opulent opera house, artistic cabarets and well-tended parks. For the French, it was an opportunity to show off their prowess in the arts, sciences and new technology, and to highlight what made Paris unique from rivals London and Berlin.
Paris 1900 re-creates the look and feel of the era through more than 250 paintings, decorative art objects, textiles, posters, photographs, jewelry, sculpture and film, and will plunge visitors into the atmosphere of La Belle Époque.
Exhibition organized by the Petit Palais Museum of Fine Arts, with exceptional loans from the Musée Carnavalet – History of Paris and the Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion, Paris Musées. Curated in Portland by Mary Weaver Chapin, Ph.D., Curator of Prints and Drawings.
Image Credit: Georges Roux (1855–1929). Night Party at the Universal Exhibition in 1889, under the Eiffel Tower, 1889. Paris, Musée Carnavalet. © Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet
"Inspired by a 2014 exhibition at the Petit Palais in Paris, this show is a smorgasbord of Belle Époque art and craft. More than 200 items -- including jewelry, paintings, decorative objects, posters, photos, sculptures, and textiles -- conjure the opulence of fin de siècle Paris. The exhibit draws from the collections of some of that city’s finest museums, including the Petit Palais, the Musée Carnavalet, the Palais Galliera, the Musée Bourdelle, and the Maison de Victor Hugo. This is a can’t-miss for Francophiles, or anyone who wants to enjoy a slice of Paris in Portland." - Oregon Arts Watch