This spring/summer there is an exposition called Paris 1900, The City of entertainment at the Petit Palais. It is a hommage to the Belle Époque and an invitation to the public to relive the splendour of the French capital at the time when Paris Exposition Universelle was heralding the arrival of the 20th century. The expo takes you on a journey and starts with the Exposition Universelle that was held in 1900. For this event new railwaystations were build and even the first metroline, the Metropolitain. Paris 1900 is more than the Exposition Universelle and is divided into six pavilions where paintings, artworks, fashion, posters, photos, films, jewellery and sculptures are displayed. The legend of the Belle Époque has endured to this day not only because of contrast with the horrors of the First World War, which followed soon after it, but because there was a genuine cultural blossoming. You can visit Paris 1900 until August 17.
And one nice fact: The Beaux-Art style Petit Palais was also built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle!
Petit Palais – Paris 1900
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00, Thursday late opening till 20:00
Metro: Line 1 and 13 to Champs-Elysees – Clemenceau
Knitwear by GoodPeople. Photocredits by Petit Palais.