The Paris of Coco Chanel at the Canal Museum

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For the first time in Panama original pieces of recognized avant-garde artists, whose link was their friendship with Coco Chanel and Paris from the 30s to 80s, are being shown until Sunday, May 20 at the Inter-Oceanic Canal Museum, with the support of the Manzanillo Internatinal Terminal.

The exhibition, entitled “The artistic avant-gardes in the Paris of Coco Chanel: 1930-1980”, has drawings, lithography, color aquatint (this is an intaglio printmaking technique, where the artist makes marks on the plate that are capable of holding ink), engravings, oil paintings, bronzes, photographs and much more made by such artists as Jean Cocteau, Oscar Dominguez, Tamara de Lempicka, Meret Oppenheim, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Apel.les Fenosa, George Hoyningen-Huene, Horst P. Horst, Ceci Beaton, Francois Kollar, Man Ray and André Kertész.


A portrait of Coco Chanel at the canal museum

A portrait of Coco Chanel.


This collection demonstrates the relationship which the famous designer, Coco Chanel, had with these artists throughout her life and how she left a mark on the personal and artistic achievements of each one of them.

Elements and artistic and historic documents from the last century make one realize how time passes and new artistic movements appear. Many artistes from European and American countries sought refuge in Paris during the first decades of the XX century and found unconditional support from the French dressmaker and designer, Coco.

The exhibition is organized by theme, starting with an introductory text and ending with Chanel’s clothes and accessories (jackets, skirts, handbags and shoes) all original designs by Coco Chanel.

The Canal Museum is located in Casco Antiguo and opens Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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