Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Beauty and Art

From WWD.com: The link between art and beauty keeps getting stronger.

Natural beauty company Yves Rocher is sponsoring an exhibition at Paris’ Centre Pompidou called “Elles@centrepompidou.” Running through May 2010, it focuses on 500 works by 280 European women artists who address issues ranging from discrimination to conceptions of beauty.

Yves Rocher said it is celebrating women from the world over. “The paintings, installations and performances in this exhibition put this diversity on display and reflect the commitment, creativity and inventiveness of these artists,” the company stated.

Meanwhile, the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation is sponsoring an exhibition called “Le Bain et le Miroir: Soins du Corps et Cosmétiques de l’Antiquité à la Renaissance” (which translates to “The Bath and the Mirror: Body Care and Cosmetics from Antiquity to the Renaissance”). The exhibition, on through Sept. 21, has two parts. One, at Paris’ Musée de Cluny, highlights beauty and bathing from Antiquity through the Middle Ages.

For that exhibit, L’Oréal research laboratories not only helped with the chemical analysis of some ancient cosmetics but was also involved in writing a book, whose name is the same as the exhibit’s. Gallimard published the 340-page tome penned in French.

At the National Museum of the Renaissance in Ecouen, France, the exhibit concentrates on beauty during the Renaissance.

1 comment:

Zoë Moët said...

It sounds like a great exhibit. It's interesting how our ideas of beauty have changed so much over the last few centuries, and how these ideas tie in with history and economics. For example, it used to be popular to be a little plum and pale, because then people could tell you were a lady of leisure (you had extra food to eat and could sit around in the shade all day). Today, it's more popular to be thin and tanned (because ladies of leisure nowadays have time to sit by the pool and NOT eat caviar all day). Still, it seems that artists always know how to choose their subjects well, and show them off for their best attributes. A good artist can take a portrait of anyone and make them look interesting, beautiful (in a broader sense of the word)and--most importantly--real. Sorry to be so wordy...it's a topic that really interests me :)