Unicef in the Petit Palais

Since 2002 UNICEF has organized the Frimousses de Créateurs. All the famous fashion houses and designers are each asked to create a doll in their glamorous way. This year dressed in the theme of Marvelous Paris! These art works are then auctioned for charity.

The dolls were on display in the Petit Palais in Paris during November. The beautiful Petit Palais is an art museum built in 1900.

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Looking through the window at the Champs-Elysées

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A wonderful project. An exhibion that made you smile and all for a good cause. Last year these expensive dolls created enough income to vaccinate 300 000 children. The expected income for this year… 200 000 euros.

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Visiting Edward Hopper

This I did on Tuesday. I actually stood in a queue for more than an hour to see this exhibition. I have to admit that I didn’t know about this artist, but I wanted to see what it’s about, because this was probably the most advertised exhibition in Paris. The exhibition was extended also for another week, because of its popularity.

Edward Hopper, an american artist, visited Paris three times as a young man and was influenced by artists like Manet and Degas. Maybe that’s why Paris was so excited to have his works here on display.

My first treat for the day was this older man playing piano in the station at Versailles Chantier. These pianos are part of the streetpianos initiative. There are 40 pianos all around Paris, standing there for anyone to play and for the joy of the people hearing the music. The first time I saw one of these pianos was the young man playing in the shopping center at Les Halles.

two excellent musicians…

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for a sweet treat, I met Danie for a café et tartelette

Hopper21Walking from the station, Invalide, I was wondering if one will ever get to a point that you can think I have now seen all of Paris. I have seen the pont Alexandre III before, but this time I had to cross it to go to the Grand Palais where the exhibition was held.

just beautiful…

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seeing Paris from the bridge…

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The same goes for the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais just across the road. I have walked down the Champs-Elysées many times and saw these buildings from there, but Tuesday I walked around it for the first time.

beautiful and impressive…

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and now this building hosts the paintings of Edward Hopper, all the way from America…

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As I came around the corner I saw the reality of the popularity of this exhibition. A nice queue with a sign where I joined the queue, saying that from that point it will take me an hour to enter. But… I was there, I opened my umbrella when the rain started falling and waited patiently for my turn. They let only a certain amount of people go inside at a certain time. The guy organizing this let the people in front of me in and then asked me if we are together, and while I’m still wondering what he meant, the young girl behind me said, oui! and in go the two of us as well. : )

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It was worth the wait.   Now I know about mister Hopper and for some reason there is really something special to stand in front of a famous artwork. My plan was to see van Gogh’s exhibition as well, but that will have to wait till next time. You can’t fit two queues into one day. : )