While, it isn't expressly a contemporary art exhibition, I had the chance to visit great exhibition "Once upon a time the Orient Express" in Paris. The exhibition showcased at the Arab World Institute, put the legendary train on track. The exhibition is in partnership with the national rail operator SNCF.
The rail group approached the Arab World Institute, a foundation backed by French and Arab League states, with the idea to mount an exhibition to mark the 130th anniversary of the train's maiden journey from Paris to Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1883. SNCF will use its share of entrance fees for developing its modern Orient Express.
From the end of the 19th and throughout the 20th century, the Orient Express transported the rich and famous across Europe, inspiring countless artists and writers. On the train, Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot investigated a murder, while James Bond battled a nasty double agent in "From Russia With Love."
The exhibition is split in two parts: the visit of the train and the exhibition inside the museum. Discover photographs, films, placards and objects retracing the history of the Orient Express.
Once upon a time the Orient Express
4.04 > 31.08.2014
Institut du Monde Arabe
1, rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard
Place Mohammed-V 75005 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 6 am
Entrance fee 8.50 € to 10.50 €