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Tattooists, Tattooed in Paris.


Returning to the basics of tattooing, this exhibition shows the renewed of this phenomenon in its now permanent and globalized manifestation. In so-called “primitive” and old societies from the Oriental, African and Oceanian countries, tattooing has a social, religious and mystical implication and goes along with the subject in their rituals of passage, making them part of the community. Inversely, in the West, tattoos have been seen for a long time as a mark of disgrace, criminal activity, a circus attraction (with the phenomenon of side shows) and as an identity mark for urban tribes.


Tattooists, Tattooed in Paris is divided into five main sections:

– From Global to Marginal: The exhibition begins with a map of tattooed people across the world, showing the vast extent of tattooing from Antiquity to the present day. Tattooists, tattooed and significant facts are collected in a chronology, in the style of a wall of fame, and retracing the history of tattooing.

– An Art in Movement: This section evokes the roots of tattooing in three creative areas: Japan, North America and Europe.

– New Skin: The Renewal of Traditional Tattooing: This section examines the renewal of these practices and their modern developments, concentrating particularly on the new schools of tattooing and the great masters of the following regions: New Zealand, Samoa, Polynesia (the Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, Hawaii), Borneo, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand.


– New Territories of the World: Indicating the dynamism in contemporary tattooing, new schools emerge constantly. In China, blending traditional and current images, the art of tattooing has recently resurfaced; while Latino and Chicano tattooing takes its inspiration in popular Americano-Mexican iconography.

– New Inking Styles
To end the exhibition, eight photographs of tattoos representing a new generation of tattooists illustrate original forms, compositions and characteristics; while the film Mainstream Mode examines current trends.

Brand-new works in Tattooists, Tattooed in Paris:

In addition, 32 works specifically produced for the exhibition are presented:
13 tattoos or imaginary projects have been produced by masters of the art – representatives of contemporary tattooing – on volumes representing legs, torsos and arms in silicone ;
Blank canvases have been given to 19 tattooists from the whole world in order to carry out tattooing projects. In the classic application of the Japanese bodysuit – a costume of traditional tattoos covering the body from wrists to ankles – tattooists have carried out these projects on canvas, with ink, acrylics, watercolours, graphite pencil or felt tip, with more or less realism.

Some of the works presented in the exhibition may be unsuitable for viewing by sensitive or younger visitors.

*From 06 May 2014 To 18 October

Quai Branly Museum
37, Quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tél. : 01 56 61 70 00
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday – 11 am – 7 pm
Tursday, Friday, Saturday – 11 am – 9 pm


Original post can be found here

François Gérard @ the Château de Fontainebleau

Thomas_Lawrence_-_Francois_Gerard        Thomas Lawrence [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Student of Jacques-Louis David, François enjoyed a big success for his history and portrait paintings. He became a painter of the court under Napoleon Bonaparte, first painter of Joséphine de Beauharnais, and of the King of the restoration, during Luis XVIII and Charles X reign. His reputation made him so famous, that frontiers opened for him  with the major sovereign families of Europe, pushing themselves to get a portrait painted by the Gérard.

Gerard_-_Napoléon_II_Roi_de_Rome       François Gérard [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

With the perfect mix of elegance and psychological depth, his early works introduced the Gérard to a clientele who were always looking  for recognition. Starting 1800, Napoleon’s commissions gave him an official position: Baron.

gérard-hortensetfils-font2 copie   Hortense de Beauharnais and her son, the Crown Prince of Holland, 
            Gérard, 1807. Photo: © Château de Versailles.

Since 1795, and until he died, he produced images of his contemporaries, and achieved a grade of success that only a few other artists of his time were able to gain.

Reuniting more than 70 works from private and public collections in France and from several European museums, this retrospective finally pays homage to the master who was known to his contemporaries as “the painter of kings and the king of painters.”

Dates and times:
Every Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
From: Saturday 29 March To: Monday 30 June 2014

Event Location:
Musée national du château de Fontainebleau ,
Château de Fontainebleau
77 Fontainebleau, 77300
Metro: Pigalle

For a  visit to Fontainebleau and Barbizon for 4 1/2 hours, Including hotel/apartment pickup and return inside Paris, go here.