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Review of Jeu de Paume

Jeu de Paume
Ranked #255 of 1,275 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: A leading pole for the exhibition of photographic and other images, from the 19th to the 21st century (cinema, video, installation, etc.). Jeu de Paume produces, coproduces and hosts exhibitions as well as film programmes, symposiums, and public activities
Reviewed 5 November 2012

The French like to visit museums and galleries during their time off, and this one is very popular. I went in to see a Diane Arbus display. I thought it was a bit pricey, but the building is nice to see anyway. I would give the cafe a miss though.

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Reviewed 3 November 2012

I've made a good living in the visual arts professions, have over 22,000 pics in my iPhoto library, and love a good photography show.
This wasn't it.
Despite the philosophical prose promoted by the curators, and the incredible huge billboards of the lovely reclining nude in every other Metro station, I found the Manuel Alvarez Bravo show lacking in several respects.
First, with a very few wonderful exceptions, the images themselves are often so small & dark that I wonder if they really reflect the original effort. I shouldn't have to as my wife, "What am I looking at?!"
Next, acknowledging that I'm not totally familiar with the political context, the dead body shots seem like film noir exploitation and reek of 'sensationalism!'.
And fool me once, fool me twice, the HUGE billboard nude turns out to be a small postcard size picture, insignificant in impact. I admit, great marketing, they got me.
Finally, why can't photography shows be better lit?
I know it's complicated & UV rays are killer to old photos, but perhaps a combination of halogen lighting and incandescent may be most suitable for the widest range of art lighting situations. Museum professionals have not yet accepted that halogens are completely non-damaging to works of art, those stuffy Luddites:)
Upstairs is some odd but far more interesting contemporary art, but it was weird seeing 4 people staring at a 3-screen video of hands clapping, intercut with a few 'WWII' & Vietnam conflict pictures.
This is not our first negative encounter with Jeu de Paume.
We saw a show in May so insignificant that I can't remember the artists, and didn't bother to put it in my daily notes. I do recall that only one room was open, one was closed, and one was showing a completely blank video. Really!
The venue is quite nice, and NOT tiny as some people say. Including the upstairs, there's plenty of gallery & wall space, and it's very well designed.
Unhappily, the shows we've seen don't match the venue.
In fact, we've viewed superior shows in multiple galleries, libraries and museums across Paris.
Too bad Jeu de Paume shows don't make the cut.

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Reviewed 14 September 2012

Well worth visiting in Paris. It is tiny. But there is a fantastic Monet room and many other gems. Great location and you can easily stop by.

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jeudepaumeparis, Responsable relations publiques at Jeu de Paume, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2013

You are probably talking about the Musée de l'Orangerie, not about the Jeu de Paume! It's easy to get confused: the two museum face each other in the Jardin des Tuileries. ;)

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Reviewed 25 June 2012

I visited the show on its last day and loved it. The selection was comprehensive and relevant. I liked the NY photos but even more I liked the blog excerpts and the documentary about the Kassel piece: 1,001 Chinese people brought to Germany to embody an art piece.
I cried while watching the film and I saw a tall, young Chinese guy cry and I think it takes a former communist to recognize the huge achievement of Ai Wei Wei's work: to give a taste of freedom to a thousand of people.
A powerful show! Good work, Jeu de Paume!

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Reviewed 3 June 2012

This is another gallery that gives 2 for 1 entrance on production of your Eurostar ticket. Cool and contemporary,and sited in a corner of the Jardin de Tuileries, it has a changing programme of exhibitions. When we visited these included a conceptual art piece, a photography exhibition and
a video film installation.
This was a first visit and I'd definitely go again.

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