Un art qui a de la vie ne produit pas le passé

Rodin at CDGEveryone knows that Paris is renowned for its beautiful museums and the priceless art they contain. Now, you can take in more art before you leave the Charles de Gaulle airport. The musée Rodin has a temporary exhibit in a new international departures hall known as Satellite 4. The most famous works are here, including “The Thinker” and “The Kiss.” The exhibit, entitled “Wings of Glory,” will be at the terminal until mid-2013 and more exhibits are planned. It’s a beautiful space with oak floors, black walls, and glass dividers, but it’s easily missed, so keep an eye out for the cone-shaped entry set off by wood and glass panels. Admission is free; an endowment fund manages the space and arranges for the loan of art from various institutions. It’s a win-win. The museums get six months of free advertising and twice as much exposure as they’d get in a year.

Anselm-Kiefer-Die-Ungeborenen-foto-Galerie-Thaddeus-Ropac-Paris-Pantin-6-480x320If, instead, you’re arriving in Paris by private jet and landing at Le Bourget, there is a huge private gallery in a former hangar. It’s currently displaying art by a German artist, Anselm Kiefer.

jeudi-jazz-paris-orly-aeroportIf your tastes are more musical than artistic, Orly has a weekly jazz concert in one of its terminals from five to seven PM each Thursday. But no matter if you like art, music, or just welcome a change from duty-free while you’re waiting for your next plane, the Paris airports have more to offer than ever before.

RodinToday’s expression is a quotation by Auguste Rodin, “Un art qui a de la vie ne produit pas le passé ; il le continue” (uhn ar key ah duh lah vee nuh prodwee pah luh passay ; eel luh kon-tin-oo), which means “An art which has life doesn’t produce the past; it continues it.” I think Rodin would approve of art in the airport. It’s a fresh life for the best that France has to offer.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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