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French Film Icon Catherine Deneuve Gets Two Simultaneous Exhibitions in Paris

One on each side of the river Seine

As Euronews reports, Catherine Deneuve, the ultimate Parisian, is currently feted by her home city in a dual exhibition on both sides of the Seine. The dual exhibition will run until October 1, 2023.

The French acting icon, who turns 80 later this year, is celebrated in the shows, Catherine Deneuve, Rive Droite, Rive Gauche, taking place both at the Galerie de l’Instant in the 3rd arrondissement and at the iconic Hôtel Lutetia on the Left Bank.

On display are photographs of Deneuve throughout her glamorous life and decades-long career by an array of photographers, including her ex-husband, David Bailey, to Helmut Newton and Ellen von Unwerth, and veteran Paris Match snapper Jean-Claude Deutsch.

The director of the Galerie de l’Instant, Julia Gragnon, explains how she grew up with Deneuve, listening to her voice as a child on recordings of Disney stories and then rediscovering her, years later, playing alongside David Bowie in the cult movie The Hunger.

“We all have a particular relationship with Catherine Deneuve”, Gragnon says, adding, “Her unique expression, her blondeness, the fantasies and other projections she inspires… her relationship with artists, with fashion, her friendship with Yves Saint-Laurent”.

A significant chunk of the images on display at the two exhibitions are behind-the-scenes shots of the actress on set or in editorial shoots for publications as well as signed originals, reproductions, and vintage prints.

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