Jean Paul Goude Retrospective
1 February 2012
I was at The Louvre a few days and I have to admit that I was kind of bored. Maybe because I have visited the iconic museum of Paris a couple of times and really got tired looking at relics and big monumental art works that I got bored. I also think it needs some renovation.
What really got me excited was the surprise discovery of the Jean Paul Goude Retrospective at the Les Arts Decoratifs that will run till March 18, 2012.
The grand entrance to the exhibit
Jean Paul was the same person who was responsible for that Grand Parade to celebrate the Bicentenary of the French revolution. Jack Lang who was then one of the ministers of François Mitterrand to spearhead the parade commissioned him. The parade opened with a train that paraded down Champs Elysée with fake rain and snow. He made African dancers perform traditional dance in Swan Lake costumes with Jessye Norman belting out a song right at the Arc de Triomphe.
Vreeland in his famous Ektachrome cut outs
Jean Paul Gaultier
One of his many Galeries Lafayette ads. Series of screens with moving trains showing people reading the Lafayette billboards.
Part of the exhibit
He styled Garce Jones many times
He is considered as one of the most brilliant “image makers” of contemporary creation. The creative vision of his work, encompassing all his areas of activity, from fashion and photography to advertising and the live event. The retrospective retraced Jean Paul Goude’s forty-year career from his work with Grace Jones and including the famous Ektachrome cut-outs and his advertising campaigns for Galeries Lafayette and Chanel.