Hi, I'm Nancy Burke and welcome to my blog. I've lived in France on the outskirts of Paris for over 20 years with my husband, Rob, and a little more recently, our black cat Cassie. My friends tell me that I know more about Paris than most Parisians. I don't know about that but I do try to make the most of living in one of the world's greatest centers of culture, art and architecture. Most weekdays I'm out and about visiting museums, taking tours, or just experiencing French life. I was a long time director of the Friday Tour Group and I'm still an active member.
05 March 2019
Red hair! If you are a redhead, this exhibition at Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner will be of special interest to you. It is a perfect location for this theme since during Henner’s career he used red hair as his signature. Through Henner’s permanent works and the temporary collection, insights into the perception of red hair during the 19th and 20th centuries are explored. An eclectic set of paintings, fashion sketches, posters, photographs, drawings, masks, films and more are displayed alongside Henner’s paintings. Redheads attract and stand out perhaps because they are so rare. As they are often nicknamed, these “carrot tops” have been viewed differently over time – sometimes feared and other times admired. Discover the portraits of American Indians with their red mohawks, the uniqueness in Sonia Rykeil’s red hair “homage dresses” and the charm of a super-strong redheaded and freckled faced Pipi Longstocking (called Fifi Brindacier in France). Have you ever wondered how you would look as a redhead? Try on a wig and take a photo of yourself. I saw a young bearded man do this and we shared a smile!
If you have never been to this museum, this is a good opportunity to plan a visit. I was totally intrigued by this beautiful 19th century mansion with its four floors, winding staircases, period furniture and much more.
1. This exhibition runs through 20 May 2019. The museum is open every day except Tuesday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM. It is located at 43, avenue de Villiers, 75017 Paris and the building deserves 5 paws! Thanks to a renovation about ten years ago, it is accessible to people with reduced mobility.
2. A brochure provides information about the exhibition in French and English. Also, there are descriptions in French in the various rooms and a film in French to watch in the indoor winter garden.
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