The Grand Palais in Paris hosted at the same time an exhibition about the graffiti culture (Tag) and another one that commemorated Andy Warhol (Le Grande Monde D’Andy Warhol). I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone so as soon as I heard the news I booked a ticket to Paris.

Le Grande Monde D’Andy Warhol – Grand Palais

Grande Monde D'Andy Warhol Paris Grand Palais

Date: 18 March 200913 July 2009
Location: Grand Palais, Galeries nationales
Curator: Alain Cueff, Art Historian in collaboration with Emilia Philippot

 
It was a rare opportunity to see some of these works of art because they belong to private collections all over the world and were temporarily made available to the public.
La pièce de résistance was the huge portrait of MAO but I was also impressed by the silkscreen ink on linen portraits of Giorgio Armani and Carolina Hererea.
In separate rooms, you could find his silver clouds installation or his famous screen tests.
 

 

Le TAG

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All the big names that started the graffiti movement were featured in this exposition. The curators of TAG installed a pop-up graffiti gallery with canvases from 150 international artists: from the guy who started the movement “Taki 183” to the father of Graffiti “Seen” or legends like Phase 2, Cap, Doze Green, Loomit, Revolt. As a child, I dreamed of seeing art by this guys while watching the movie Stylewars. As a matter of fact, TAG was commissioned by the director of Stylewars himself, Henry Chalfant.