A romantic week-end in Bruges (Belgium)

Posted in Art, art and culture, Bruges, contemporary art, hotel, hotels and restaurants, luxury, monuments, museums, places, restaurants, Valentine's day on January 28, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Last week  we went to Bruges 2 days. That was our 4th stay there but I never had the time to write about it and we enjoyed it so much I thought I should do something about the Venice-of-the-north as people nicknamed it. This city is enchanting, filled with infinite charm that’s why I recommend a hotel the same level : Tuilerieen Hotel, a 4 star charm- hotel , very well located , facing a canal and not far from the historical Grand Place (Great square). We had such a lovely and romantic bed chamber , very cosy, overlooking the canal, offering a great view on mediaeval architecture, with an amazing atmosphere by night :

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The Spa was just refurbished and we enjoyed the pool after a cold day outside  :

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We loved so much the buffet-breakfast with its chocolate fountain ;-)

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As this is our 4th stay we are used to do a kind of pilgrimage to see the only sculpture by Michel-Angelo in Belgium : it’s the Madonna of Our-Lady church (Notre-Dame), early 16th century, which left Italy from the lifetime of the artist, acquired by wealthy fabric merchants.

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We like to stroll in the rooms of Groeningemuseum to admire the splendid flemish primitive artists like Memling or Van Eyck who challenged the imitation of reality with amazing minute details that the use of oil painting allowed.

We always have a lot of fun to rediscover the impressive and extravagant details of Hieronymus Bosch’s Last Judgment :

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Bruges is not only a city turned towards the past, you have also contemporary artists exhibited in museums like this month ,and until february 21st, Robert De Vriendt‘s fabulous hyper realist small scale paintings evoking fragmented pieces of tv drama -or web voyeurism- with very seductive colors and appealing manner.

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detail of The wood of Love and horror- oil/ canvas- 2011

Food is also an arty contemporary topic today sometimes ! You won’ t be disappointed in Bruges then, from top gastronomic to friendly neo-bistrot or cosy traditional flemish style restaurants, you’ll find what will fit your taste bud and eyes. Here is my top list :

  1. De Reften  : top level Bistrot revisiting traditional belgium classic in a contemporary neo70’s like decor. Excellent lunches, always !

2. Poule-Moule : among the best mussels in Bruges, very friendly place, simple and                                    rustic decor

3. Breydel de Conync : The best lobster ! Mussels are very good too. Friendly atmosphere.

4. Lizzie waffles : Simply The best waffles in town !

5. Marcolini chocolates : My favorite high-end chocolate maker ever in Belgium (and also in Paris, in my top 5) !! The best quality , don’t hesitate on more second ;-)

Bonus : Aux Merveilleux. Would you like to experience Heaven under you palate ?  A miracle of vaporous cream and aerial meringue, this little dome of pleasure is called Merveilleux, with french/ flemish origins… My favorite is the white one called Incroyable (Uncredible !), tribute to french youngsters who after the Revolution, as a sign of reaction against dark Terror period,  used to parade around Palais Royal area. They wanted to introduce extravagant taste in fashion and original lifestyle, they were nicknamed Incroyables et Merveilleuses and refused to pronounced r letters !

The Boutique is a fairy tale !

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Bruges is the perfect trip for lovers, so why not going there for february 14th, Valentine’s day ?! But prepare well your stay as the city is small, the hotels and restaurants will be quickly full booked.

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What to see in Paris in january ? My Top 3 shows :

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, art gallery, contemporary art, Paris on January 20, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

The beginning of the year is very exciting in Paris ! We have few great shows that just started, I introduce you my favorite :

1.Derrick Adams at Anne de Villepoix ( http://www.annedevillepoix.com )

Catchy and seductive, playful and dynamic, Derrick Adam’s works made of a knowledgeable technique of collage and strong sens of eurythmy and construction inherited from art history, talk also about a serious subject : the question of afro-american identity and its presentations, especially in media.

pic 1- from LiVE and IN COLOR series , 2015 / pic 2 from Gray Area series, 2015

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2. Gideon Rubin at Karsten Greve ( http://www.galerie-karsten-greve.com )

Either facing us or back turned,  the model won’t reveal her face, nevertheless we recognize the wife of Manet in white on left (original at Orsay museum). I’m a fan of the oil/ cardboards series After the masters in small scale. His style is synthetic and allusive   without being rigid or stiff. Thanks to his mastery of medium he achieves to render beauty and sensuality.

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3. Steve McQueen at Marian Goodman gallery ( http://www.mariangoodman.com )

A powerful neon light installation covering the whole wall with the demand Remember me  by different handwritings  welcome the visitor in the first room on ground level, while downstairs two movies, projected on double side screen, talks about life and death.   “I want to put the public in a situation where everyone becomes acutely sensitive to themselves, to their body and respiration,” says Steve McQueen.

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Best wishes for 2016

Posted in Paris on January 4, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Wish you a very Deluxe&Arty year, as sparkling and glittering as Paris by night…

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I take advantage to tell you I’ve just launched an Instagram account : @parisdeluxearty

Will be back soon on wordpress with a gallery of Deluxe&Arty parisian portraits, looking forward to introducing them …

All United

Posted in art and culture, Paris on November 18, 2015 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

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The 2015 Biennale of Contemporary Art in wonderful and magical Venice.

Posted in art and culture, contemporary art, hotels and restaurants, Venice with tags on September 3, 2015 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Edwart and I travelled to Venice last month and we spent 11 marvelous days in my favorite city : Venice ! This is our preferred rendez-vous every two years with contemporary Art, the exquisite opportunity to mix pleasure and …well, I can’t write work, I should definitely say : passion ! The passion of discovering new works, new artists, new shows…after 11 days we are experts of this 2015 Biennale and I’m going to tell you what I’ve loved so much this year. You can take this post as a kind of Biennale short cut to help you to find your way easier and faster among the hundreds offers and proposals on view until november 22nd in the Serenissima City !
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As usually everything starts with the best Bellini at .. the Gritti ! ;-)
We stayed this time at the San Regis on San Clemente island, just 15 minutes boat ride from Piazza san Marco (former San Clemente Palace hotel) which is even better now than during our first stay there 4 years ago

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This is the best option in summer as they have a great swimming pool and fantastic huge garden with different atmospheres. We were so well received by the butler team and guests service team : Joana, Lena, Allesandro… They took care of us so well ! The golden keys concierges were also great. We enjoyed every minute spent in this great and exceptional resort. Moreover we discover the new chef and his excellent cuisine, one of the best in Venice !

The food was excellent also by the pool (I will remember with emotions this winter the great green pizza that enchanted our sunny pool afternoons ! ).

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If you don’t have a lot of time while you’re in the City of Doges and want to see the best of the Biennale and exhibitions around, here is my short list . Actually I prefer to simply name the best artists without describing their works as the pleasure of discovering and effects of surprise are important . And if you don’t go to Venice this year, don’t worry you’ll find many articles and pics on the net !

1) My Top 10 of the Biennale Giardini pavillions :
– Nordic Pavillion with Camille Norment ( our favorite !)
– French Pavillion with Celeste Boursier-Mougenot
– Japonese Pavillion with Chiaru Shiota
– Australian Pavillion with Fiona Hall
– Austrian Pavillion with Heimo Zobernig
– Romanian Pavillion with Adrian Ghenie ( Ghenie the Ghenius !)
– British Pavillion with Sarah Lucas ( well …the biggest controversy : either you like either you laugh at loud !)
– Corean pavillion with Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho
– Netherlands Pavillion with Herman de Vries
– Finland Pavillion with IC 98

pics below : Nordic -French- Australian- Romanian pavilions

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2) My Top 7 artists in the Arsenale :

– Adel Abdessemed with Bruce Nauman-1st and 2nd pic below– at the entrance ( powerful !)
– Theater Gates ( big huge crush !!moving and mesmerizing video/ installation, I couldn’t leave the room)
– Ji Dachun
– Ricardo Brey ( the Alchimist) 3rd pic below
– Tiffany Chung ( small scales )
– Lorna Simpson 4th pic below

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Special mention to the Turkish pavillion with Sarkis (moving and so meaningful in this very special year for Armenian people) located in a building inside the Arsenal

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3) My Top 5 exhibitions in Venice :
– Mario Merz at the Accademia : the best show, according to me an example of art of hanging + the quality of selected pieces . What else ? ;-)

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– Cy Twombly at Ca’ Pesaro for the amazing landscapes echoing Courbet powerful sens of nature and for the roses series I’ve discovered. I like when a giant still charms my eyes and spirit.

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– Charles Pollock at Peggy’s home (Peggy Guggenheim Foundation).
Know the son, don’t you ? Meet the father ! You’ll love and will understand more about abstract expressionnism.
– Glass Stress ( located just in front the Accademia) ! When the so venitian medium meets contemporary art : surprising and magical, espcecially if you’re not familiar with contemporary art, a cool way to get in.
– A must do during the Biennale, the rendez-vous of connoisseurs : Axel Vervoordt show in mythical Palazzo Fortuny, the alliance of taste and knowledge, always thrilling !( below sculpture by Chilida )

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2 Honourable mentions :
– French ex POP artist Martial Raysse at Palazzo Grassi. Better display than in Pompidou Center. And if you’ve ever been to this show last year in Paris, well you MUST go to Venice and see it in Palazzo Grassi !

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– Hiroshi Sugimoto with his tea Pavillion , tribute to Mondrian on San Giorgio Maggiore island. Soothing moment. You deserve it, especially while you’re running from one show to another with the fear of missing out ( believe me, this peculiar anxiety is called …fomo. Yes I’m serious, there is a name for this venetian fear !).

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Well, don’t worry, the point is to participate during these Olympic games of contemporary Art, as newspapers call this Biennale, and we did more than well this year, under the fabulous skys of Serenissima !

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And the best salade niçoise in Paris is ….

Posted in restaurants with tags on August 1, 2015 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

IMG_4468Look at this gorgeous and fresh salad, my favorite in summer : salad niçoise ! a specialty from South of France, Nice, on the famous french riviera. The ideal summer dish with eggs, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, tuna. Sometimes you can find also green beans even if it’s not in the original recipe. You can try this one in Paris, with an original colored twist (potatoes and radishes) at Café Ruc near Louvre, 159 rue saint Honoré, 75001. According to me the best in town ! The secret : the fresh cooked tuna and excellent vegetables.

Da End Gallery presents the Cabinet of Curiosities, until april 25th.

Posted in Art, art gallery, contemporary art, Paris on March 10, 2015 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

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Tired of white cube style gallery ? Looking for mystery, sensuality and new territories to explore ?…

Well, Da End gallery with its Cabinet of Curiosities is for you ! A gallery with a soul-created by japonese gifted photographer Satoshi Saikusa and his exquisite wife Diem Quynh- dark as dandy secret room, with little hooks and cranny,  filled with sculptures, paintings, drawings, installations,  a universal story about the cycle of life on Earth is unveiled. Growths, mutations, alterations: all the successive evolutions due to the natural course of things, but also to the action of man, are depicted both in a literal or allegorical way.

The display and gathering is echoing these famous Cabinet of Marvels, also called Kunst Kamer, created by intellectual and artists in Europe,  from 16th century to 18th century, when people started to discover new worlds and expected to find mermaids, griffons, unicorns…Using a system of classifications, from Naturalia-beauty from nature-to Artificiala-artefacts- including Mirabilia -exceptional pieces like Ostrich eggs or tortoise shell-and scientifica – instrument of world knowledge-they wanted to recreate at home the splendors of the world concentrated in a small space, propitious to meditation on life and creation and stimulating imagination.

What a pleasure to discover Da-End cabinet of curiosities : you’re immerged into the deepest mysteries and beauties of life and death…ringing skulls, flowers fading away as beautiful as alive, butterflies wings playing with light, a nativity transformed into a vanity…the list is not exhaustive , you have to visit it and better :  to experience it  !

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Da End gallery- 17 rue Guenegaud- 75006 Paris

http://www.da-end.com

(All pictures in this post : courtesy gallery Da End©)

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