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Léon Herschtritt exhibition
The lovers of Paris at la Belle Juliette
until 25th June 2017

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There’s a new photo exhibition on at the gallery of the Hôtel and Spa la Belle Juliette! And it’s free!

Léon Herschtritt has dedicated 80 years to the art of photography! Born in 1936, he learned his craft at the École nationale de la Photographie (National Photography School) before being sent on assignment to Algeria by the education ministry.

With Les Gosses d’Algérie (The kids of Algeria), his first report in 1960, he received – age 24! – the prestigious Niépce Prize organised by Gens d’images. « I am, » he says with a glint in his eye, « the youngest ever winner of the prize! »

Back in Paris, working as an independent photographer, Herschtritt published his reports and portraits in the magazines of the times, and became a member of the famous photography club, 30 x 40.

Through chance friendships, meetings or commission, the young Léon had breakfast every Sunday with Jacques Prévert, met the stars of the day, immortalised the events of May 1968 and the changing city landscape.

With a deeply humanist regard, an innate sense of composition and real eithcs of reporting, Léon Herschtritt photographed France of the 1960s, a world in transition, with the Les Halles market, the Vietnam war, miniskirts and the Café de Flore.

In 1961, he left to take photos of the first Christmas after construction of the Berlin Wall. In Africa, he documented the end of the French colonies for the photo library of the Ministry of Cooperation. In Paris, he took photos of the streets, the cafés, children and celebrities.

In the early 1970s, Léon and his wife Nicole opened a bistrot where all their photographer friends would come and meet. They next became specialist antique photo merchants, with a stall at the flea market, followed by a gallery in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

In recent years, we can thank him for rediscovering his archives and showing them to us.

For this exhibition at the Hôtel and Spa la Belle Juliette, the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff has chosen to spotlight two of Herschtritt’s series of portraits: Les Amoureux de Paris, a tender look at young love that seems timeless, and celebrities, including Karen Blixen, Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Paul Sartre and Jean Seberg, stars of the era captured by the sparkling eye of the photographer.

These beautiful prints invite us to to look back affectionately at Paris of the 1960s.

The Léon Herschtritt echibition – les amoureux de Paris is at the Hôtel & Spa La Belle Juliette (here) until 25th June 2017

Entrance free from 11am-10pm

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Le jardin du Clos La Belle Juliette. Photo : Christophe Bielsa

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Lézarts de la Bièvre exhibition at the town hall for the 5th arrondissement, 9th-18th March 2017

Art and Culture

For the first time, fifty artists from the non-profit group Lézarts de la Bièvre are showing their work at our local town hall, just one minutes from the Hôtel des Grands Hommes, the Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon and not far from our other hotels!

And you’re invited to the opening cocktail! Here’s all the info.
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Paris firemen exhibition at Hôtel de Ville until 29th April 2017

Art and Culture

Learn all about the men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis for Paris’ inhabitants, doing a lot more than simply fighting fires.

Here’s all the info.

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Game, videogames through time exhibition
at the Espace Fondation EDF
1st March – 27th August 2017

Art and Culture

The Espace Fondation EDF, just a few minutes from our hotels, presents a new exhibition about the evolution of videogames, with sixty games on show, half of which you can even play!

Lara Croft, Pac-ManGeralt of Rivia and many more game heroes await you. And it’s free!

Here’s all the info.
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The Forney Library reopens with the exhibition Fashion and women, 14/18
28th February – 17th June 2017

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Closed for a year for remodeling, the Forney Library – the Paris municipal library of decorative arts and graphic arts – reopens 28th February 2017 with a free exhibition, Fashion and women, 14/18 which explores the history of fashion and women in French society during the First World War.

Here’s all the info.

Exposition Mode et femmes, 14/18 du 28 février au au 17 juin 2017

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Birthday weekend with free admission at the Pompidou Centre, 4th & 5th February 2017

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To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Pompidou Centre has dozens of fun events planned and free entrance to the entire place for everyone!

Here’s our selection.

Week-end anniversaire avec entrée gratuite au Centre Pompidou le 4 & 5 février 2017

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Siobhán McDonald Crystalline exhibition
at the Irish Cultural Centre
26th January – 12th March 2017

Art and Culture

A mix of art and science await you at the Irish Cultural Centre just a few minutes from our hotels – photos developed via ancient methods, sculptures mixing carbon and carbonised bones, atmosphère recreated from the ice age…

Intriguing! Here’s all the info.

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Exposition « Détective »: crime factory?
at the Crime Literature Library
20th January – 1st April 2017

Art and Culture

You might not know of the French magazine Détective, but it’s a sort of National Enquirer that focuses just on crimes, and more specifically the sordid details – murders, blood, loose women and lots of gory photos.

This new exhibition « Détective »: crime factory? is at the Crime Literature Library (yes, we have one of those in Paris), a little-known space not far from our hotels, and explores the founding of the publication while examining the clever formula that continues to make it a success.

Here’s all the info.
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Paris Déco Off, 19th-23rd January 2017

Art and Culture

What a coincidence – Paris Déco Off is happening on almost exactly the same dates as behemoth trade fair Maison et Objet!

The event encourages you to visit over a hundred designer participants (80% are on the Left Bank not far from our hotels) for events, a special late night on the Saturday and free shuttles to whizz you around from venue to venue.

And it’s all free! Here’s all the info.


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Choir carpet exhibition at Notre-Dame until 14th January 2017

Art and Culture

An exhibition for a carpet at Notre-Dame, just minutes from our hotels? Stop yawning and listen up – this is no ordinary carpet.

Woven oven a period of eight years in the 19th century, and ordered by King Charles X and Napoleon III, this huge beauty measures nearly 200m² and has only been shown to the public once in the last thirty years.

You have to see this! Here are all the details

Exposition du tapis du chœur à Notre-Dame jusqu'au 14 janvier 2017, Paris

photos: JasonW

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