Magical Rome !

Posted in art and culture, hotels and restaurants, luxury, museums, Rome, trips on October 1, 2014 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Buongiorno a tutti !
We just come back from an enchanting 10 days trip to Roma, the Eternal City and I would like to share with you our wonderfull experience.
Rome can be an overwhelming city and I could write many lyrical pages about but I choose today the practical way to introduce the city with a top 3/4/5 list for hotels, restaurant, museums, places.
A kind of speed dating with bellissima Roma ;-)
First, I would like to reassure you : according to me the top Luxury way of visiting the city of 400 churches and 300 fountains, is to wander hours and hours with no goals, to stop in cafés on lovely piazza and enjoy Dolce vita. Don’t feel guilty if you don’ t visit ALL the monuments from Roman Times and ALL the churches listed in guides books , what is incredible in Rome is that even seen from outside during your walk everything is splendid, gorgeous and amazing : la Grande Bellezza everywhere !
By the way I do recommend to see the eponymous movie ( La Grande Bellezza by Paolo Sorrentino before your trip).

Lets’s start with hotels, here is my top 3 list :
1) Aldrovandi hotel Villa Borghese
If you ‘re travelling in hot season and are looking for a nice pool in a relaxing garden, the place is for you !
This 5 star Luxury retreat is just next to Borghese garden and the Museum of Modern Art, away from the hustle and bustle of roman center.
Ask for Pauline Charles, deputy manager if you need anything there, she’s very professional and charming and will do everything to make your stay memorable.
The buffet by the pool is exquisite, with the best italian seasonal products , all prepared by the team of 2 star Michelin guide chef at home Oliver Glowig. Instill remember the fabulous black truffled peccorino !!
I LOVED also the Spa, very relaxing and the fitness room is great.
My tip : if you don’t stay at the hotel you can nevertheless come and use the pool ( not in high season of course). Please call the hotel before for availability and fees.

2) Hotel de Russie
Sometimes people know just 1 hotel name in Rome and this is it !
Located just next to Santa Maria deĺ Popolo piazza and close to Piazza di Spagna, the Rocco Forte gem is still a great choice with excellent service and refined atmosphere. A perfect balance between tradition and modernity.
I love their garden with the outdoor restaurant, so refreshing to come on sunday for brunches. All the waiters are very friendly and very professional.

3) JK Place
If you like Design and contemporary art in a top Luxury and trendy atmosphere and want to stay in the center, don’t look further more and book here immediatly ! As you may know I’ m an art historian and collector and that ‘s the first time I was really impressed by the decor and amenities. I’m a fan ! more over the selection of art works is just perfect.
The service is so charming and very attentive !
I’m looking forward to discovering next year the roof top terrace.

Top 5 restaurants :
1) a gastronomic experience with 2 starred chef Oliver Glowig at Aldrovandi Villa Borghese.
The chef is german but great expert in italian products with a high Technical level ! a real work of art in your plate and a delight for your palate.
His reference is french chef Pierre Gagnaire and we can say he’s reaching the Master.
My tip : at the end of the meal, if you can’t take any more , don’t be shy to ask for a box for your macarons and chocolates ! I can tell you you’ll be happy the day after !

2) In institution : Pierluigi , especially for fishes.Great choice ! Actually you choose yourself the one you want , on display inside.Elena, the hostess is adorable and very efficient. You need to book as this  is a must in Rome ! When we had dinner there, Alex Baldwin was also in the place. Many beautiful people from fashion, media business, mixed with local big wheels … In summer, having the diner outside is a lovely experience, the facade around are so theatrical !

3) Trendy and (very) young : Bar del Fico . OutsideAmazing cool crowd  for a drink by night ! Inside : funky salvage decor , open kitchen, delicious pasta with truffles ! Parisian will understand :  it’s a kind of Oberkampf style. Don’t mind their website with this impossible video of a woman running naked over the table …still try to understand myself !

4) Casual, unformal, kind of old school, but delicious : Corallo. The best scaloppine with truffles ! My friends love also the pizzas very much.

5) A fooding experience in Trastevere in the new Sotto-Sopra ( via di Ponte Sisto 67). Very friendly welcome and service. Original and italian in the same time, very tasty and creative. Nice contemporary design, not cold at all, food-manufacture style.

Bonus : it looks like a tourist trap but not at all ! Try absolutely  the Tartufo at the Tre Scalini on Piazza Novanona , it’s a real chocolate  bomb !! Just WAOW !

 

Top 3 museums : 

I know there are many more worthy to visit, but if you had only time for 3 museums here is the ones I would recommend :

1) The Vatican Museum for its amazing and gorgeous collection of Antiques first, a great source of inspiration for Art since they were exhibited, second reason to be mixed with the huge touristy crowd  :   Michel Angelo’s sistine chapel ceiling ! No need to add more ! You absolutely need to book online to avoid endless queue. And better to visit St Peter later  in the afternoon. More than a tour it’s an experience to be inside.

2) Borghese Gallery for the lovely, exquisite and splendid Berninis ! My favorite is Apollo and Daphne . For paintings : the Caravaggios of course are a must see ( the Boy with fruit basket – the Madonna of the groom…)

3) The Museum of Modern Art : located  near the famous Borghese gardens, a rich collection of modern masters you wouldn’t expect to see in Rome. Actually the biggest collection in Italy of Modern Art, but it looks like few people know it only. A kind of best kept secret ;-) With gems like Kandinsky, Albers, Klimt, de Nittis, italian futurist, Manzoni, Fontana, Cruz-Diez…

….to be continued soon …with pics !

3 hidden gem museums in Paris worth visiting

Posted in Art, art and culture, museums, Paris on July 31, 2014 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I would like to share with you my favorite  hidden gems museums in Paris : 

1) Delacroix museum :  the romantic hidden gem by excellence !

6 Rue de Furstenberg, 75006 Paris- musee-delacroix.fr

open from 9.30 am to 5 pm – closed on monday – 7,50 euros

The famous french romantic painter author of “Liberty guiding the people”, exhibited in the Louvre, choose to settle down in 1857 in Saint Germain des Pres district, on left bank,

to get closer to Saint Sulpice church where he was commissioned a chapel to decorate, on which he was working since 1847. Sick and tired he was so delighted to find a lovely place close to the church :

My apartment is decidedly charming… Woke up the next day to see the most gracious sun on the houses opposite my window. The view of my little garden and the cheerful appearance of my studio always make me happy.” (Journal, December 28, 1857).

He will die there 6 years later in 1863.

His last apartment and workshop have been saved  thanks to an association led by french painters, symbolist artist Maurice Denis and pointillist Paul Signac, in 1929.

In 1971 the place became a national museum where you can admire Delacroix paintings and works on paper, plus furnitures and memorabilia who belonged to the french master. Temporary exhibitions are organized as well. Sometimes concerts or plays are performed in the workshop.

Don’ t miss the enchanting little garden recently refurbished where you can rest under the shade of the tree and listen to birds, dreaming about artistic life in Paris in 19th century…

 

2) Rodin Museum :  the splendid gem !

79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris-musee-rodin.fr

Closed on monday – open from 10am am to 5.30pm – 9 euros

The museum  opened in 1919, 2 years after the death of the french sculpteur who choose this address in 1908 as a parisian office on behalf of Rainer Maria Rilke,

the famous Austro-Hugarian poet who was Rodin’s personal secretary at this time. After first occupying few rooms on ground floor, he spread in the whole building in 1911 and decided to

“give the State all my works in plaster, marble, bronze and stone, and my drawings, as well as the collection of antiquities that I had such pleasure in assembling for the education and training of artists and workers. And I ask the State to keep all these collections in the Hôtel Biron, which will be the Musée Rodin, reserving the right to reside there all my life.”

The gorgeous 18th century mansion with original paneling and well preserved decors is filled with 500 sculptures by the author of The Kiss.

A room is devoted to his pupil, muse and lover Camille Claudel, who was also a gifted woman artist-sculpteur-at the end of the 19th century.

Don’t miss a tour in the lovely french style garden where imposing bronzes are displayed all around like the mythic « Doors of Hell » or the « Bourgeois from Calais ».

Temporary exhibition are also organized.

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3) Gustave Moreau museum  :  the very secret gem…

14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris http://www.musee-moreau.fr

closed on tuesday- from 10 am to 5pm ( closed during the week between 12.30 and 2pm)

If the name Gustave Moreau(1826-1898) doesn’t sound familiar to a large public, connoisseurs appreciate this great symbolist master who loved myths and mysteries and was fascinated by Salome character. An art critic once said about his paintings that we should use gems vocabulary to describe his colors : emerald- ruby- saphirs…He influenced also very much french end 19th century literature.

Gustave Moreau became at the end of his life a respected teacher at the high school of Fine Arts in Paris (Beaux-Arts). His students were named : Rouault- Matisse- Marquet- Valtat….the future representative of Fauve mouvement in early 20th century.

He conceived very early the project of transforming is own house where he first lived with his parents into a whole museum devoted to his entire work-achieved and unachieved- which will be open only after his death.

When you visit his apartment and workshop, you feel like being invited in an ivory tower of a dandy painter of 19th century, the hero of a symbolist novel… the place is out of time, enchanted and marvelous ! Moreover the painter conceived spectacular furnitures to admire all his sketches and preparatory drawings. So take a seat, remove the fabric on the cabinet that protects against light, and open the windows : marvels will be revealed…

 

The Top 5 spring (even summer for some) exhibitions not be missed in Paris :

Posted in Art, contemporary art, museums, Paris on May 7, 2014 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

1)    Henri-Cartier Bresson – Centre Pompidou until june Henri-Cartier Bresson ( 1908-2004), the french photographer who founded renowned Magnum Agency in 1947-with Capa, Rodger and Chim- was nicknamed « The eye of the century » as he witnessed the greatest moments of world history, from Spanish war in 1936 to the biggest changes linked to decolonisation and cold war. He was one of the last man who spoke to Gandhi few hours before his assassination, the first western photographer in 1954 allowed to cross the iron curtain in Russia after the death of Staline.

But before giving credentials to photo-journalism, he was originally trained as a painter in Andhré Lhote workshop notably, and was stronlgly influenced by surrealism and modernism, as we can see in his first images.

This retrospective in Pompidou Center is a real event , the first to be organized since his death 10 years ago, with a selection of 500 photographs, drawings, paintings, documents, films, which offers to the visitor an extraordinary and complete access to his work, revealing its depth and variety, without forgetting iconic images capturing the famous « decisive moment » like Giacometti walking in Maeght Gallery, becoming himself The Man who walks.

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Centre Pompidou-Place Georges-Pompidou 75004 Paris- http://www.centrepompidou.fr

from 11am to 11pm (Closed on Tuesday) – 13 euros full price / 11 euros reduced rate

2)    Artaud-Van Gogh – Orsay Museum until july 6th

The choice of Orsay Museum is captivating since it’s more than a Van Gogh exhibition, which is itself an avent ! We have on display 40 paintings, a selection of outstanding drawings, some letters to his brother Theo, but not only : the show is completed by Artaud works and pictures. Actually Orsay exhibition is based on a book written by the french dramatist and writer in 1947, called «  The Man suicided by the Society », one of the most beautiful, poignant and moving text about Vincent Van Gogh’s art.

In 1947 , few days before a retrospective of the dutch painter organized at Orangerie Museum, Artaud was asked by a an art dealer, Pierre Loeb, to write a text about Van Gogh, as he thought an author who spent 9 years in a psychiatric asylum was the best placed to understand the work of a painter considered mad by the society…

The result was dark and brilliant at the same time, exactly like Van Gogh’s paintings.

This exhibition is the same level, I loved it !

But don’t be afraid by the serious side of the exhibition, if you think french poets have a twisted mind andfrighten you, just focus on Vincent’s works and the pleasure of vivid colours and dense textures, you won’t be disapointed.

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Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait de l’artiste, Paris, automne 1887 (© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Gérard Blot) + Man Ray, Antonin Artaud, 1926 (© Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jacques Faujour © Man Ray Trust / ADAGP, Paris 2014))

Musée d’Orsay- 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris- 00 33 1 40 49 48 14- http://www.musee-orsay.fr

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm – from 11 euros full price/ 8,50 euros reduced rate

3) Paris 1900 Petit Palais until august 17th

Who never dreamed about going back through time and live in 1900 Paris, the well-named Belle Epoque  ? When Paris was considered to be the Capital of Art, pleasures and entertainments with its many museums, galleries, cabarets, theatres,restaurants and very special houses with closed curtains…? In 1900 Paris was definitly the Capital of capitals and the acclaimed 1900 World Fair attracted this year 51 millions people to France culturel center !

The first metro line crossing Paris from West to East was built, a new impressive bridge with gilded satues sparkling, spanning proudly above river Seine, linking Champs Elysées to Invalides was inaugurated and celebrated the franco-russian friendship (Alexander IIIrd bridge), a new train station for electric trains was achieved (the future Orsay museum), and last but not least, buildings to house temporary exhibitions devoted to the best of french art  through age were designed at the corner of Champs Elysées and still exist today : Grand Palais and Petit Palais, the latter used today for this brilliant exhibition called « Paris 1900 : the spectacle city ».

That’s why you’ll be totally immerged in these fabulous times of creativity and happiness thanks to a rich documentation : vintage pictures , posters and movies (Melies- The Lumiere brothers), preparatory sketches for the world fair, dresses and accessories evoking the legendary « parisienne » (parisian woman) and many art works ( paintings, sculptures, decorative art…).

A large part is devoted to Art Nouveau Style of course with the greatest signatures : Guimard, Lalique, Prouvé, Gallé, Grasset, Mucha…The artists of the turn of the century are well represented too: Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, the Nabis…You will discover other names, less familiar today, but expert in images of 1900 Paris : Beraud, Gervex…

600 works on total to give a taste of Paris in 1900, when Paris was giving pleasure endlessly !

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Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris- 
Avenue Winston Churchill 
75008 Paris – 
00 33 1 53 43 40 00- www.petitpalais.paris.fr

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Late opening until 8pm on Thursdays for temporary exhibitions-11 euros full price/ 8 euros reduced rate

4)    Bill Viola- Grand Palais until july 21st
Strongly influenced by art history-according to him Giotto’s frescoes in Assisi basilica is the unequalled summit of art installation- Goya, Bosch, Vermeer, haunt his work, lyrical and minimalist in the same time, but always accessible to a large audience.It would be reductive-even if true- to introduce Bill Viola as the greatest representative of video art in the world today, as limiting an artist about his predilection medium would enclosed him in a category. Viola is an artist first, who seeks to express universal ideas and emotions, based on major metaphysical questions (Who am I ? Where am I ? Where am I going ? ), through moving images thanks to a technique , as he likes to say, which appears when he was born in 1951 : video images.

Known all around the world since the 90’s-Viola had already great retrospectives organized in NY, LA, Tokyo, Berlin, it was time Paris devoted him an exhibition worthy of his name.

Done here in Grand Palais exhibition’s rooms where you will be invited to a mesmerizing journey, and will live a real experience.

Unknown-2Bill Viola, Ascension, 2000, installation vidéo sonore, 10 minutes, performeur : Josh Coxx, Bill Viola Studio, Long Beach, Etats-Unis, Photo Kira Perov

Grand Palais- 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris 01 44 13 17 17- http://www.grandpalais.fr

from 13 euros full price/ 9 euros reduced rate

From 10 am to 10pm ( on Sunday and Monday until 8pm)- Closed on tuesday

 

5) Once upon a time, the Orient Express- IMA (Institut du Monde Arabe- Arabic World Institut) until august 31st

An invitation to travel without leaving Paris, that’s the promise of this splendid and unexpected exhibition !

What a unbelievable challenge : the real legendary Orient Express train, with 7 original cars, conceived in 1883 as a 5 star palace on tracks by Georges Nagelmakers, displayed on the square of Arabic World Institute (in french Institut du Monde arabe. The IMA (initials in french of this cultural center) is an outstanding contemporary building inaugurated in 1987 and designed by Pritzker Prize’s laureate french architect Jean Nouvel , a mix of high tech structure and abstract oriental motifs, facing Notre-Dame, built in 1163.

The exhibition is a pure delight and great fun ! First you start with the visit of the coaches and expect to meet Mata Hari, Agatha Christie, James Bond…all the mythical characters, real or fictional, linked with this exceptional train, symbole of exquisite luxury (finest panelling- glasses in the bar designed by Lalique) and exoticism ( the train went from London to Istambul via Paris and Venice). For each car, an original display with documents, accessories, clothes, evoke the famous and privileged travellers that made us dream.

From time to time, you can hear the sound of the train whistling like ready to leave with the noise of wheels on tracks…

Then, second part, inside the Arabic World Institute building, with more documents, posters, decoratives art, paintings…all linked with the Orient Express and its golden age in the beginning of 20th century, and shown in huge travel trunks transformed into show windows.

What a fantastic journey into time !

And the cherry on the cake : you can book online, during the exhibition, for a dinner inside one of these coaches ! The menu was created by famous french chef Yannick Alleno.

http://www.yannick-alleno.com

(120 euros without wines/ 160 euros with wines)

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1 rue des Fossés Saint Bernard-Place Mohammed V- 75005 Paris • T 00 33 1 40 51 38 38 www.imarabe.org – closed on Monday- check opening time on website

10,50 euros full price/ 8,50 euros reduced rate

 

 

 

 

 

BALM Restaurant : Design&Delicious

Posted in contemporary art, Paris, restaurants on April 20, 2014 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I’ve already written a post about the dream team Pierrick and Kiki Mathon for Thaïm restaurant, my favorite Thaï in Palais Royal area (check in the archives) ; well, they are back with B.A.L.M ! After the success of Thaïm, Pierrick had the wish to open a french gastronomic place which would be also an arty spot for design and art lovers. Facing the former palace of Cardinal Richelieu built in early 17th century and today office of the french minister of Culture, in a little street parallel to Palais Royal gardens, Balm is the acronym of  Boeuf à la mode, a legendary restaurant of the age of enlightenment which opened there in 1792 but closed in 20th century to be transformed into a garage then into a light shop. Pierrick and Kiki launched the contemporary and trendy Balm in december 2012, keeping the initials of the famous restaurant like a tribute to this legendary place…(this pic below by Patrick Curtet)

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Great names of design world were selected to create a contemporary but welcoming atmosphere : Eames, Mariscal, Massaud…raw and noble material are matching in an elegant balance of mineral and vegetal. On the wall, sensual photographs by Marc Lagrange warm up the minimalist decor.

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The Chef, Rachid Djellali, who had worked before for George V and Bristol -great references-sucedeed in finding tasty equivalent to the decor !  Fresh, stylished, with textures and colors matches in your plate, his cuisine is a delight for gourmet palates and esthete. Below, the perfect starter for spring : scalops carpaccio with tartare beetroots and granny smith then a plancha gambas with risotto like a paella.

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without forgetting excellent seasonal dessert, an exquisite tartlet with pink rhubarb and white cheese sorbet :

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A very ParisDeluxe&Arty restaurant indeed !

B.A.L.M : 6 rue de Valois- 75001 Paris – tel. : 00 33 1 42 60 38 81 – http://www.balm.fr

 

Venice 2013 for the 55th Biennale of Art : my favorite rendez-vous !

Posted in Art, art and culture, contemporary art, hotels and restaurants, luxury, museums, travels, Venice on August 25, 2013 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

What I like first with the Biennale in Italy is that I know I will always travel to my prefered city each 2 years at the minimum !

So here we are back to Paris after a fantastic trip, 12 days of artistic discoveries and marvellous meetings…

We started with La Punta della Dogana (Pinault Collection) where we liked the amazing installation by Ryan Trecartin and I especially loved James Lee Byars installation that looked like a self-portrait :

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The day after we went to the Palazzo Grassi to admire Rudolf Stingel total art work. I really enjoy his abstract/figurative artworks , reflexion on creation based on reproduced/printed artwork after photographs and tension between decorative/ abstract/ firgurative.  I liked also the dimension of unease and grostesque introduced in his figurative artworks.

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If you want to sip one og the best Bellini in town, take advantage after your tour in Palazzo Grassi to stop at this new hotel (opened 2 years ago) next door called “Palazzina Grassi” designed by french famous designer Starck. Sounds like  a mix of Royal Monceau and Le Meurice on a reduced scale. ! A very good bar and restaurant for rainy day more than a summer spot but the peaches in our cocktail were so tasty, heaven !

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My favorite pavilion  this year was Denmark with videos and installation by Jesper Just : “The project will consist of five films played simultaneously on a loop that examine “architectural pastiche and cultural dislocation,” no need to say more, I was mesmerized !

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I was impressed also by the belgium pavillion with Berlinde de Bruykhere : amazing sculpture , a dramatic mix of  nature and organic that haunts the place

In the american pavilion  Sarah Sze  organizes and arranges obsessionnally and in an extraordinary way, like  in small universes,  the chaos of little ordinary things that surrounds us.

The french pavilion -of course !-with Henri Sala and his Ravel-Unravel, because of Ravel for sure!  I just would say :  no Rival for Ravel !

Speaking about music I did enjoy very much the performance of DJ in Israelian pavilion.

You’ve got my top 5 for Giardini !

In the central pavilion there was another exquisite James Lee Byars work and I liked also Melvin Motti video very much.

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The most impressive room was the works of  Serra matching prefectly with Thierry de Cordier dark seascapes. Very dramatic (sorry I don’t have the Serras on pic ! ).

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I liked very much the Arsenale this year which is rare ! The place is such a big challenge usually, for many reason, first of all its  raw beauty trapping the gaze, not easy to hang works…then the number of work generally displayed ! but this year the curator (Massimiliano Gioni) made really an effort to offer an exhibition with a hanging “readable”,  clearer, and accessible,  despite a (too much) ambitious title :  “Il palazzo enciclopedico” !

Among the outstanding works we highly appreciated the video by french artist Camille Henrot “Grosse Fatigue’ , the artist was rewarded a silver lion and I discovered also the radiant work of Eugene Von Bruechenhein :

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Don’ t miss room N°10 in the Arsenale, curated by Cindy Sherman ! a strange family air is floating around..

At Ca’ Pesaro, the museum of Modern Art famous for his gorgeous Klimt , “Judith or Salome”  don’t miss too the exhibition of ( a part of)  Sonnabend collection !

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Illeana Sonnabend was one of the greatest art dealer and collector (1914-2007), she a been married to Leo Castelli. There is NO fault or mistake in this exhibition !

I loved  the room showing Larry bell ‘s cube next to Dan Flavin, Peter Halley, McCracken (not on pic) : just perfect !

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Without speaking of majestuous Keith Sonnier :

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Venice is not a just a city turned towards the past as you can see and Peggy Guggenheim knew it too , choosing Palazzo Venier dei Leoni as her residence and then Foundation. I did enjoy the exhibition of a recent donation : Hannelore and Rudolph B. Schulhof. Even the works on paper or small size works were very well selected like Ryman or Bridget Riley :

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If you go to Venice this fall, I do recommend also “Glasstress” in front of Academia, based on use of glass in contemporary art, always surprising and seducing ! One of my favorite this year  : Mat Collishaw, “East of Eden”  and Paul Fryer , “Nebula” :

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Prada Foundation proposes this year a very challenging exhibition, curated by Germano Celant : the exact replica of an artistic milestone, shown in Bern in 1969 : “When attitudes become forms” . Well, for the  generation born after this year,  is the opportunity is see gathered in one place the foundations stones of what some would call “contemporary art”. This is there that we learnt the death of Walter De Maria a week ago and we were so sad he couldn’t call us on the phone anymore, as he used to do from time to time (he did it for the opening). We would have loved to tell him we were great fans of his work and we did liked the installation in the last room of the Corderie in the Arsenale…

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One of my dear friend working with Prada Foundation has also an uncle in Venice who opened recently a wine bar called All’Amarone, calle del Lughaner in San Polo, not far from Rialto market.  It was of course on my top list ! we went and loved the place : taditional wooden decor with a touch of crazy design (the bottles are refreshed in a glowing red bath tub!), excellent choices for italian wines of course and delicious cicchetti with tasty prosciutto, mozarella…the perfect vineria I now recommend.

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In Venice you can change easily you perspective and point of view going to Giudecca island for example in Zitelle district, for a dinner at I Figli delle Strelle where you can enjoy a gorgeous view on the Palazzo Ducale. Trendy restaurant with 50’s touch inside and excellent sea food

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And I ‘ve kept the best (kept secret)  for the end : the recent openig -last june- of Aman Palace in Venice after 2 years restoration with the best craftmen !  imagine a traditional venitian palazzo offering 24 high end luxury rooms : the perfect balance between contemporary design- so refined and elegant with an asian touch in the sophistication-  and the highest beauty of a typical venitain private mansion ! You just feel like beeing a guest of an aristocratic venitian family. Moreover you can have the privilege to enjoy a lovely dinner in a fabulous dinnig room overlooking Grand Canal, in an exquisite thai version or in original version with delicious venitian specialties revisited. We did appreciated the welcome, the service, the dinner, the decor…well it was absolutly Deluxe&Arty from the beginning to the end of our stay !  and that’s my favorite address now in Venice for sure I recommend to my clients. http://www.amanresorts.com/amancanalgrandevenice/theresort.aspx

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Catherine d’Espiney’ s enchanting jewels : a love story between Brazil and France…

Posted in Art, luxury, Paris on March 25, 2013 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

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I’ve met recently a princess of an enchanted world hidden not far from famous Avenue Montaigne. A  woman of great taste who studied Art History at prestigious Ecole du Louvre (like me) and artist herself : Catherine d’Espiney. Since her childhood she developped a passion for odd objects, “curiositas”, and jewellery, especially russian ones (surely her russian roots from her mother). Then she settled down in Brazil, studied gemology, collected brazilian precious stones and had the splendid idea to create unique jewel pieces,  echoing the french tradition, using only brazilian stones and realized thanks to the amazing skill of  local craftmen. All hand made only, all unique, like Haute Couture items , they like look powerful charms, magnifiying the woman who is wearing them.

Not for a shy lady for sure ! “I don’t like small things” she says !

These exceptional and exclusive pieces of jewellery with personality tell the admirer stories, like an artwork, and sparkle many coloured universes , they are so Deluxe&Arty !

I invite you to visit her website to see more !  http://www.magic.art.br/cathdespiney/entree.php?id=en

A movie filled with Love and poetry : L’Artiste et son Modèle by Fernando Trueba , with french movie star Jean Rochefort

Posted in art and culture, movie on February 28, 2013 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

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It’s so rare to see a movie about art and creation so true and stirring ,without any pathos. Fernado Trueba succeeded to render a fair observtion of creative process you never see usually, when the sculptor is working in his studio. The choice of black and white enhanced by a magnificent natural daylight was risky but ideal. This story has been freely inspired by the french artist Maillol who started as a Nabis then turned to sculpture (I do recommend a visit in Maillol Museum 61 rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris). It’s the middle of the war, in the souhtwest of France, at the borders of Spain, the wife of  the old master found  by chance a young mysterious woman who is going to become the artist’s last model. He will find at least inspiration for his ultimate masterpiece.

All the actors are marvellous and the freshness of Aïda Folch is a delight  in front of legendary Jean Rochefort  (as  said Quentin Tarentino in Cannes to the french actor when they met 2 years ago in Cannes !).

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