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October 17, 2017
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Bardot, Elvis and Mao in Paris?!

For almost 50 years, Paris’ Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais has been a historic venue for as many historic shows. In keeping with tradition, the Grand Palais is hosting The Great World of Andy Warhol until July 13 — and everyone is invited. Even cherry-lipped princesses (like Iran’s Ashraf Pahlavi) and rock royalty (Elvis and Debbie Harry) will be there. Shouldn’t you?

The exhibit features 250 portraits (handpicked out of 1000) that aim to recreate the effect of the principle of repetition, which Warhol had in mind when he produced them. In his “Factory,” he developed a process in the early ’70s: he made up his models and photographed them with a Polaroid Big Shot. Afterwards, he’d carefully select the shots, then paint and silk-screen the portraits. His vision: “All my portraits have to be the same size, so they’ll all fit together and make one big painting called Portraits of Society. That’s a good idea, isn’t it? Maybe the Metropolitan Museum would want it someday.”

Open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10am to 10pm. Closed Thursdays at 8pm. Admission: €11. www.grandpalais.fr or www.rmn.fr/Warhol-s-Wide-world .

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