While a trip to Paris is a dream for many people, a trip to Chicago is much more feasible. A visit to the Art Institute of Chicago will quickly take you from the hustle and bustle of present-day Chicago to the Montmartre district of Paris in the late nineteenth century with its new exhibit, Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre. The exhibit will predominately feature the peak works of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as his contemporaries, from Degas and Picasso.
The exhibit, which runs through October 10th, contains more than 250 pieces of work by Toulouse-Lautrec and his fellow Montmartre artists. These pieces cover a range of subjects, featuring both ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, capturing the vibrant and bohemian spirit of the time.
Viewers of the exhibit will to experience the different themes that comprised the Montmartre district: dance halls, circuses, cabarets, the celebrity culture and the maison closes (luxurious brothels of France). Pictures and caricatures of famous French performers of the time such as Jane Avril and Aristide Brutant abound, as well prints hawking the famous Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noir.
This same show was a smash success when it was shown in Washington D.C., so it is sure to make the same splash while here in the Midwest.
The Art Institute of Chicago is located at 111 S. Michigan Avenue, directly across from Millenium Park. Museum hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Thursdays 10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission suggestions: $12 for adults, $7 for children over 5, students and seniors, and members are always free.
For more information on this exhibit and other events happening at the AIC, please visit their website: www.artic.edu/aic. Sortez et visitez le musée!