THE VENICE BIENNALE 2019…

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, contemporary art, event, exhibition, Lifestyle curator, museums, travels, trips, Venice on August 13, 2019 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

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What to see now and this spring 2019 in Paris ? Here is my top 4 worth seeing shows :

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, event, exhibition, Lifestyle curator, Paris, private guide in Paris on February 14, 2019 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Among the must-see exhibitions this coming spring and already visible now, the fabulous show in Custodia¬†Foundation is unmissable and the title says it all : 500 years of Master’s drawings from Pouchkine Museum. How exciting !

It is said that if you exhibit a drawing 3 months you have to storage it 3 years in order to protect the work against the damages of light. That’s why you can’t see permanently drawing’s collection from outstanding museum on display but only temporary shows. And usually you have to travel to see these marvels.¬†Sometimes few drawings from the museum are lent for a temporary exhibition abroad but rarely a huge ensemble.

Then you realize how lucky we are in Paris to admire a wonderful bunch of 195 works coming from renowned Pouchkine museum in Moscow and representative of the history of drawing : from the German and Italian Renaissance to the European and Russian avant-garde of the twentieth century !

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Parmigianino-Virgin and child in clouds –¬†1526 / ¬†Picasso-Head of an old man in a tiara- 1905

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Klee-Comet over Paris – 1918

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If you prefer postwar paintings Vasarely outstanding retrospective in Pompidou Center is for you ! It’s the first one ever organized in France showing all the facets of the father of Optical Art (called also Op’ art) through 300 works and documents ¬†including¬†paintings, sculptures, multiples, architectural integrations, advertising, studies, objects…

With the hungarian artist Abstract geometry can be fun and feels alive through selected forms and seductive colors. Art for all in everyday life was also is concern.¬†Complete, clever and playful, it’s¬†the ideal family show and a great opportunity to rediscover an artist inscribed in our visual heritage of the 70’s and 80’s.

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Tribute to Malevitch(1954-58)

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The Courtauld collection from London at Louis Vuitton Foundation :

Thanks to the refurbishment of Sommerset House planned for the coming two years, ¬† acclaimed impressionnist masterpieces such as Un Bar aux Folies Berg√®res by Manet and the somptuous Loge (the Theatre Box) by Renoir were able to leave London until mid-june. How lucky we are in Paris to admire them ! Even if I’m used to getting together everytime I travel to London- like visiting french friends established on the other side of the chanel- it’s always good to see artworks in a new context.

Hope the british people are grateful to Mr Samuel Courtauld, who had french roots, to have made impressionist and post-impressionist artists accepted and recognized in Great Britain, through his stunning personal collection first -actually lovely built with his wife Elizabeth in a record time : from 1923 to 1929- and then through the fund he created on purpose for the National Galleries in order to fill artistic gaps regarding “modern” french school.

It was not an easy task reminds us the catalogue of the exhibition as many british people, still very conservative regarding art, considered french impressionist and post impressionist artists not worthy to be exhibited in public collection ! By the way, the most horrible critics were addressed towards… C√©zanne who was judged -even in the 20’s as a bad painter ! Well, his sense of space distorsion with daring points of view disrupted many british minds meanwhile Courtauld ¬†himself ¬†was immediately overwhelmed by the Master of Aix when he visited the famous¬†exhibition at¬†Burlington Fine Arts in 1922 showing a¬†selection of artworks from french¬†school of the last 100 years.¬†

The british industrial Рwho made fortune thanks to viscose- started then just the year after, in 1923, to collect paintings. Not at all to satisfy any socialite activity but rather to accomplish an artistic mission : give at least the right place Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gaugin, Van Gogh, Seurat deserved in UK. His wish was supported by a great sense of sharing his vision with a large audience as Art brought his so much in his life he desired to offer to a large public the possibility to elevate themselves their spirits thanks to Art, in times of industrialisations and materialism. He even went further with the creation of the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1931, which was not only a place where visitors could admire an outstanding private collection gathering masterpieces of modernity, but also a university section to teach Art History, which not yet a real academic discipline. The aim was to spread then this knowledge through the country and to form future curators and directors of museum.

All I can say is mission accomplished Mr Courtauld as the Institute is today famous and renowned in Art world !

If you’re not familiar with this collection and its fabulous history, ¬†I will be delighted to give you a private tour. Please contact me through my mail if you wish more informations (amuraro@sfr.fr).

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Manet- Un Bar aux Folies Bergères

 

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Monet- Antibes

 

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Seurat- Horses in water

 

Picasso-Calder exhibition in Picasso museum :

Two sacred monsters of modern art who shared the same passion for creativity and innovations without losing their child soul, it was time to gather them ! Great dialogues between works displayed and surprises too when we come to abstraction with Picasso, like in this picture below where the spanish master’s finds his place in the middle ūüėČ …

A must see until august 25th.

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Venice Biennale 2017

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, Art Fair, art gallery, contemporary art, event, Lifestyle curator, travels, trips, Venice on August 23, 2017 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

 

You still have time to visit the Venice Biennale, until november 26 th exactly. We were there one month ago and I had few big crushes I wanted to share with you. Let’s start with the Giardini and my top 5 pavillions :

1¬į¬†¬†Switzerland : the ¬†pavilion is a tribute to Giacometti who actually never represented his country in the Biennale. The installation/ movie made Birchler and Hubbard moved us so deeply ! It’s about the forgotten love of the sculptor called Flora Mayo, which is also an edifying destiny of a woman artist coming from USA at the beginning of the century, thanks to the support of her family, until the crisis of 1929 ruined her artistic hopes and life… Nothing remains from her creations except a photograph of a wonderful bust she made of Giaco…I’m still haunted by her story.

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2¬į Corea : ¬†Glad to discover Cody Choi, an enfant terrible of contemporary art. Subversive, ¬†transgressive, and meaningful.

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3¬į France¬†: The day we visited the Giardini was really ¬†magical as Nigel Godrich the producer of Radio head came to the pavilion-studio for a string session recording and the artist Xavier Veilhan was there too. Creation in motion.

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4¬į Austria :¬†up to you to activate famous Erwin Wurm one minute sculpture. ¬†Hilarious !

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5¬į¬†Belgium¬† : the somptuous dark and mysterious images by Dirk Braeckman mesmerized me. I admire greatly their pictorial quality.

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The german pavilion is out of competition if I could say as the excellent artist Anne Imhof -who received the golden lion- choose to present an impressive live performance for the opening and ..nothing remains for it. Go and see it nevertheless.

 

In the Arsenale, my favorite works were :

1¬į Julian Charriere ¬†

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2¬įMichelle Stuart¬†¬†

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3¬įErnesto Neto¬†¬†

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4¬įLeonor Antunes

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5¬įKader Attia¬†

6¬įAlicia Kwade¬†

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Don’t miss ¬†also these 2 pavilions in the Arsenale :

  • China,¬†especially with¬†two artists¬†whose artworks are¬†displayed on the ceiling : Wangtianwen and Yaohuifen.¬†

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  • and the Georgian one ¬†with¬†Vajiko Chachkhiani¬†. Everyone is talking about his outstanding installation : a ¬†house where a non stoppable inside rain will ruin everything…

Big crush also for the nigeran pavilion,¬†¬†located in¬† Scoletta dei Battioro e dei Tiraoro, ¬†a building from¬†early 18th century, that was once home to Venice‚Äôs gold thread and gold leaf guild. Moreover this is the first participation of this country for the Biennale. Peju Alatise ‘s installation, evoking a yoruba tale is a must see ! Formal perfection and moving background with an actual echo of african female condition.

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The best exhibitions to see in Venice during this Biennale  :

1¬į Palazzo Fortuny and Axel Vervoordt choice. A must attend rendez-vous , the true spirit of ¬†connoisseurs, but, alas , the last edition… so Enjoy !!

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2¬į Dont miss, next to Santa Maria dei Miracoli the outstanding¬†Palazzo Soranzo van Axel :¬†

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In this place, just refurbished , you can see a group show curated by Pouchkine museum. I loved especially 2 excellent artworks :

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  • an impressive sound installation by Yri Kalendarev that you can activate

 

3¬į Prada Foundation : a complex exhibiton – very german- ¬†with Thomas Demand, Alexander Kluge and Anna Viebrock, that turns to be a strange and disquieting experience for the visitor… but really worth doing !

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I invite yo to go on my Insta and turn the clock back to mid- august to see my posts from Venice , including the Biennale @parisdeluxearty ! 

 

 

 

My top 3 exhibitions to see in Paris this spring 2017.

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, Lifestyle curator, museums, Paris, private guide in Paris, trips on May 7, 2017 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

If you’re coming to Paris in may or june, don’t miss these shows :

  1. Rodin, the exhibition of the centenary at Grand-Palais :

The french master of sculpture died in 1917, one hundred year ago exactly, and this show curated by the actual director of Rodin Museum -Catherine Chevillot- and the former one- Antoinette Lenormand-Romain- ( they were both my teachers at Ecole du Louvre)  demonstrate in a masterful way why and how Rodin was a forunner, a visionary, a tireless inventor who influenced generations of artists, from his time to today.

This exhibition which is not a classic retrospective will take you deep into the creative process of the artist who became himself a monument of french sculpture. ¬†The best tribute the curators can offer to Rodin to commemorate his true genius indeed and therefore a must see exhibition if you’re in Paris soon ¬†!

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Superior part of the Doors of Hell with The thinker in the lintel.

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Brancusi under the influence of Rodin with The sleep -1908

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Anthony Gormley ‘s man standing.

2. Olga Picasso in Picasso museum

A very moving hommage to the first -official -wife of Picasso. They met in 1917 while the spanish painter¬†was working with Les ballets Russes in Rome for the show “Parade”. She was a professional russian dancer , she was classy and beautiful, they fell in love in the eternal city and got married in Paris in 1918. She became his favorite model , depicted alone, reading, often thoughtful , or with their new born, Paul , showing lovely intimate moments of motherhood.

Unfortunately these quiet and happy times of domestic life won’t last …Olga was suffering in silence. ¬†First she felt powerless away from her family ¬†who endured the terrible repression ¬†from the october revolution in Russia -while she had an exciting worldly¬†life in Paris-then she stopped¬†dancing-the passion of her life- because of an injure and her pregnancy, and finally,¬†the relationship with her husband¬†crumbled, as the crual female portraits made by Picasso in the mid-20’s show it.

It was high time to devote an entire exhibition to Olga, who was actually almost unknown by the public at large . To answer to this exceptional event, the family lent¬†not only paintings but also precious archives ( letters- photographs – documents), some of them exhibited for the first time, ¬†that shed a new light on¬†Picasso’s works and life and reveals the odd and unique destiny of a russian woman in the early 20th century.

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Olga with a mantilla – Barcelone 1917

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Seven dancers with Olga on foreground- 1917

3. Gardens in Grand-Palais

Since the antiquity artists have always been inspired by nature and¬†celebrated it through fine arts or decorative arts and even high end jewelry. Paintings, sculptures, artifacts, later photography, video, installation, created¬†by the most outstanding artist of each great artistic period ¬†bear witness of it. This is exactly what this exhibition curated by talented director of Picasso ¬†museum , Laurent Le Bon, demonstrates with a selection of artworks from the Renaissance to today. ¬†You are invited to an exquisite promenade in company of D√ľrer, Klimt, Matisse, Fragonard, Monet , C√©zanne, Cartier, Mellerio, to name but a few. This is a fabulous feel-good exhibition that will make you want to cultivate your own-real- garden !

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John Constable- Cloud Study – circa 1821 ( New Haven,Yale center for Bristish Art)

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Albrecht D√ľrer- Columbine- circa 1490 ? ( Albertina- Vienna)

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Cartier- pair of diamond brooch Fern 1903

Ritzy Therapy, the best remedy for blue monday in January !

Posted in Bar, hotel, hotels and restaurants, Lifestyle curator, luxury, Paris, places on January 7, 2017 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

How to avoid this usual january blues, especially ¬†after fabulous december’s holidays and great new year’s eve party, looking like¬†a¬†vague memory today…;-)

Ritzy Therapy is my prescription ! How about to start with a massage in Coco Chanel spa, the most refined and stylish spa in the capital ? Among the many sophisticated details you’ll enjoy during your session , please note Colin Field-the legendary Hemingway Bar’s MC- had developed some magic healthy mix just for you, according to the¬†cares you will receive. ¬†Spices, essential oils, plants infusion…will prepare your body deeply meanwhile you will listening to jazz or classic. Heaven on earth !!

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Then a nap by the gorgeous swimming pool where you can also lunch or sip delicious smoothies :

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When hotels¬†guests¬†will arrive around 5 pm, it’s the perfect moment to leave this enchanted place for a¬†lovely and delicious¬†high tea in salon Proust …Just memorable…

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Then it ‘s already ¬†7.30 pm, time to move to mythic Hemingway Bar. Let the charm and …cocktails act !

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With this Rizty prescription, you will simply love january and its blue monday ! ūüėČ

 

My top 3 must-see exhibitions this season in Paris !

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, museums, Paris, private guide in Paris on October 29, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

1) Chtchoukine collection in Fondation Louis Vuitton (until february 20th)

This breathtaking exhibition is exceptional and unique in more ways than one. First, the collector himself : a russian moghul of textile in the ending 19th century, who formed his eyes traveling Asia, Africa and India, selecting motifs and managing stocks for the family company. He started to collect french Art when he was 44, ¬†thanks to his brother Ivan who settled down in Paris and introduced him to famous art dealer Durand-Ruel. Then the way he collected ¬†: he had a great intuition of what was important for the development of Art and acquired sometimes against his own taste works by Matisse or Picasso which were also highly contested by critics and public. It happened he wrote to Matisse : ” I hope I will like one day your work” ¬†! Or said about Picasso : “He’s right, I’m wrong”. ¬†As soon as 1907 he had the project¬†to offer his collection to ¬†Moscow and opened it to the public a year later, giving tours to amateurs¬† he received in his splendid mansion-former Palace Troubetskoy-like the russian avant-garde including¬†Malevitch, Larionov, Rodtchenko..¬†. Finally the destiny of the collection ¬†: after the October Revolution, it¬†was nationalized, transformed, mixed with Morosov collection and then divided in 1948 between Moscow, in Pouchkine museum, and Saint Petersburg, in the Ermitage museum. Meanwhile Chtchoukine fled¬†from Moscow in 1918 and settled down in Paris where he lived discreetly until¬†his death in 1936, leaving¬†his collection behind him for ever. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see half of the original ensemble gathered for the first time since it had been divided and to admire this unique journey of an outstanding project¬†created only in 15 years for the essential, from 1898 to 1914, including famous masterpieces by Monet, Gauguin, C√©zanne, Picasso, Matisse… and telling the story of western modern art !

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Gauguin-Vairumati Tei Oa – 1892

2) Magritte in Pompidou Center (until january 23rd)

If you still think that Magritte was a surrealist painter, run and see this clever exhibition that will surprise you !

The tone is set¬†with 3 paintings exhibited at the entrance showing self-portraits ( or assimilated) as a philosopher. The belgium¬†artist wanted to show that a painter¬†was able to express ideas with images, calling into question this old conflict between words and images, established since the antiquity through the story of Moses and the Tables of Law, or the famous myth of grotto told by Platon, where images were always considered to be suspicious and under reality or truth. With his subversive humour and ability to create unexpected images, using a logical process only- almost mathematical- from 1932 onwards,¬†which¬†was by the way at the opposite of dream state and unconsciousness¬†used¬†by surrealist, Magritte wanted to evoke the mystery of life, present in our daily reality. Other topics, proper to art history and the creation of images are present in this exhibition,¬†such as¬†the importance of shadows in Magritte’s works, ¬†related to the story of Dibutade and the invention of portrait or the seek of perfect proportions through selection, fragmentation and recomposition where a parallel with Zeuxis (when he wanted to create the best portrait of Helena)¬†is drawn.

This angle of view cast unprecedent light on Magritte images, so clever, sharp and powerful that one might says : Ut pictura philosophiae !

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Magritte- Les 6 Eléments- 1928

3) Bahaus in Decorative Art Museum (until febrary 26th)

Going back to the roots ! All about this¬†legendary¬†school that set up¬†the golden rules of actual design and blossomed in 1919 in Germany, before being stopped by the accession to power¬†of nazis in 1933. We start from sources of inspiration with mingei style in japan and Wiener werkst√§tte in Austria to finish with actual designers and fashion designers still under the influence of the mythic german mouvement who wanted to abolish borders between craftmanship and art, celebrating know-how and fine arts theories.¬†Among the most renowned masters who taught there and left a strong print we find Kandinsky, Klee, Albers…The exhibition is complete and doesn’t forget to show ¬†also the relations of Bauhaus with modern dance and choreography. That makes ” The Spirit of Bauhaus” ¬†a must see in Paris !

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Josef Albers-Aufwärts 1926-( glass)

September is coming, let’s head South : to Cannes !

Posted in Cannes, hotels and restaurants, places, restaurants, travels, trips on August 29, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

While one of the main event of the year in Paris, known as La rentr√©e (term¬†originally¬†used for back to school then back to work for anyone who had a summer break)¬†is sticking its nose and will occupy conversations, medias, people…during at least 2 weeks, it could be the best moment to head south for few days, in the direction of french Riviera, don’t you think ¬†? ūüėČ Such an exquisite way to extend summer !

I would suggest then Cannes, a very easy destination, by plane ( from Paris to Nice 1.20 h then take a taxi, around 30 min ) or even TGV (5 hours). Moreover the prices are less expensive now and it will be less crowded. Without speaking of the weather, less hot than Paris right now, can you believe it ? !

We were  there last week for Рlazy-holidays and it was marvelous to enjoy the riviera lifestyle with simple pleasures,  like the market on sunday :

For the best delicious spices and olives, don’t miss the coolest booth ¬†: ¬†Le Jardin du soleil !¬†IMG_9642.jpg

Everywhere on this market you can find cute and tasty tomatoes, easy to eat in the street like these colourful ones :

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You can have also fresh flowers of zucca fritters , just next to the market, prepared on request ! What a treat ūüėČ

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There are 3 rooftops only overlooking the famous promenade called Croisette, and my favorites are 3.14 and J.W Marriott. 

Here is first the view from 3.14 ( the tapas were delicious) . They were magical places for the sunset as you can see.

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I was dreaming about a perfect grilled fish on the beach and had it at La Plage, the beach restaurant of Gray d’Albion¬†(Barriere Group so perfect service, perfect food). Look at these fabulous sea basses :

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We loved the spot so much we even came back few days after for the breakfast, how nice to start the day like this !

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When you stay in Cannes, there is an institution you have to visit by night : Le Vesuvio, THE italian restaurant, there is always an awesome atmosphere ! I introduce you its great pizzaiolo standing in front of the owen  :

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This time it was not a cultural trip, we just wanted to enjoy the sea, the sun, the dolce vita, and simple walks in the street, just looking around at the typical architecture and enjoy the riviera light¬†! ūüėČ

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If you want to see more pics about Cannes, please visit my Insta : parisdeluxearty 

See you soon to talk about the best of contemporary art exhibitions in pariasian galleries…