White Nights, Art in the City

Centre Pompidou, the buidling itself like an art installation

Last Saturday was the ninth edition of Nuit Blanche in Paris, an all-night arts festival where museums, galleries, churches, and just about any other public or private space that wants throws open their doors to creative exhibitions.

The open street also becomes a living playground. Light shows, sculptures, installations, performance art; you were bound to run into all of these things last Saturday, if you just set your mind to wandering.

I didn’t get to see much of Nuit Blanche, unfortunately. I was inside at a friend’s going away party. (I did, however, witness a whole different late night scene as my friend lives on Rue St. Denis, which – how to put this delicately – is where “working ladies of the night” and their clientele meet. That, however, is a whole other story.)

Nuit Blanche or not, Paris is known as an art capital year-round, with a bazillion museums and art galleries to its credit (close approximation). You may remember my gushing about the recent Yves Saint Laurent expo. Not only did I love the exhibition, but I adored being in the Petit Palais (little palace) at midnight.

That outing gave me the idea to pitch a short article about other Paris museums where you can get your late-night art fix. I picked a few major museums and coupled them with dining suggestions and voila! My latest published clip at Girls’ Guide to Paris!

Enjoy the article and bon weekend!

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8 Responses to “White Nights, Art in the City”


  1. 1 Kristin October 8, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Loved your article, Sion! And, oh, to set one’s mind to wandering through Paris! One can almost be there virtually with such an invitation :-)

  2. 3 Barbar October 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the article on Paris museums at night. I will keep a copy of this, especially for the nearby restaurants. Will definitely try the Creperie Beaubourg.

    • 4 paris (im)perfect October 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks, Barbar! The best crepes (by my tastebuds) are at Breizh Cafe if you’re willing to walk a bit through the Marais. But a stop at Creperie Beaubourg is good, too, if you want something right next door!

  3. 5 PigletinFrance October 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I enjoyed reading your article, yet more reasons to visit Paris!

  4. 6 pariskarin October 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Hey there! I caught the article because of a Tweet, and then realized you had posted about it here, too, so I thought I’d comment. I really liked it! Nice work on the piece, and good on you for getting the gig. :)

    Paul and I went to a late night at the d’Orsay this summer and really enjoyed it a lot. It really is a very nice way to check out the museums in a more low-key atmosphere. With cooler temps and winter weather around the corner, doing a museum at night is a bon plan, too. Seems like our admission was cheaper as well after 6 pm or so. Not quite half price, but at least a couple of Euros off! (Great for us budget-conscious folk.)

  5. 7 Res October 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I’m sorry you missed Nuit Blanche, but very flattered that you chose my party (and that you were undeterred by my lady friends downstairs!)


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