The Capital Of Beauty

From the ancient Greek Winged Victory of Samothrace in the Louvre to the latest designer frocks in the shops of Avenue Montaigne, Paris remains the world capital of beauty. And this spring, half a dozen Paris museums are offering a sweeping survey of artistic beauty through the centuries, from medieval mysteries to contemporary concepts of the artist as odd man out.

The whirlwind of new exhibits kicked off with Joan MirĂ³ (1917-1934), The Birth of the World , which runs until June 28 at the Centre Georges Pompidou, offering almost 240 paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages and constructions from the...

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