An indispensable and gorgeous guide to museum and gallery exhibits when you’re in Paris: Exponaute
The best thing about big cities is that they’re giant cans of concentrated culture. Museums and galleries up the wazoo. (And yes, even people who say “wazoo” can like high art.) When you’re visiting Paris, you can grab one of those ugly, environmentally incorrect paper guides for 40 cents and try to make sense of it, or you can use Exponaute, a fabulous app for a cultural feeding frenzy while you’re here.
Last night, I saw a news segment (they talk about art on the news in France!) on an exhibit at the Paris Musée d’art moderne featuring the work of a British artist called Linder and focusing on the objectification of women. There was a lot of collage, which I love, and the topic is something I’m interested in. I used to go to the Exponaute website at times like that, but now I use the app. It’s easier to use than the site! I found the info I needed, and e-mailed a friend — a collage artist — to ask if he’d like to go with me. And I didn’t even have to leave the app to send that e-mail…
If you know what you’re looking for, type your term into the search field and tap through for details, or even buy tickets. (Note the share icon in the upper right corner, which is how I e-mailed my friend. You can also share to Facebook and Twitter.)
If you just want to see what’s happening, tap one of the icons on the home page (not sure the app is in English, but you don’t need to speak French to use this app, it’s so intuitive). From there you can choose to see what’s nearby, or what’s popular.
Next time you’re in Paris, you won’t miss a thing. And if you know of similar apps for your city’s cultural treasures, please tell us about them!
Exponaute on the App Store