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Pharrell Williams celebrates femininity at Paris exhibition

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 01:25

May 27 - Pop star Pharrell Williams opens his exhibition 'G I R L' in Paris, which brings together 48 artworks celebrating femininity. Joel Flynn reports.

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He might be known for his hats and, more lately, his happiness, but Pharrell Williams is now looking to make his name in something a little more... feminine. The former rapper and pop star has opened an exhibition in Paris, showcasing works of art celebrating feminity. SOUNDBITE: Musician and artist, Pharrell Williams, saying (English): "I want to learn and to be able to collaborate with these artists and walk around in their spaces, you're walking around in their minds, that's, no university can offer you that." Entitled 'G I R L' after William's album of the same name, it brings together 48 works in a formal ballroom at the Hotel du Grand Veneur in the French capital's Marais quarter. The exhibition includes pieces artists including Tracey Emin, Takashi Murakami, Andy Warhol and Daniel Arsham. Williams himself caused controversy last year with the nudity-filled video for his hit song with Robin Thicke "Blurred Lines". Asked about the video, he was quick to defend it. SOUNDBITE: Musician and artist, Pharrell Williams, saying (English): "I spoke with certain women that, you know, didn't like it, didn't appreciate it, and I understood where they were coming from and I still understand and I still respect their views, but at the end of the day, the song and the lyrics were completely different than what you were seeing in the video. Blurred lines is about a good woman." The exhibition lasts in Paris until June 25.

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Pharrell Williams celebrates femininity at Paris exhibition

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 01:25