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, Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse… and telling the story of western modern art !

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 !

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 werkstätte 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 !

more text + pics coming soon…

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 rentrée (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  ?😉 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 – lazy-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 soleilIMG_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😉

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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 !😉

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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…

 

 

A lovely fast getaway when stuck in Paris in august ? Versailles !

Posted in Art, art and culture, hotel, hotels and restaurants, monuments, museums, private guide in Paris, restaurants, trips, Versailles on August 17, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Tired to see all the trendiest bistrots and boutiques- without speaking of yummy bakeries and small groceries- closed until the end of the month, and too hot in town to enjoy  Tuileries or Luxembourg garden ? Then it’s the perfect timing to go green ! The ideal summer retreat 20 minutes far from Paris is … Versailles !  Did you know it Well,  Trianon Palace hotel is so sure about this  that they propose during summer a free shuttle service from the Arch of Triumph to the Hotel in Versailles, located just next to the legendary park.

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The hotel has also his own pleasant garden with nice terrasses, a great swimming pool and the restaurant is run by Gordon Ramsay (the gastronomic restaurant is closed for holidays now but delicious Veranda restaurant is open). All of these give you excellent reasons to take 3 days off for    visiting, at your own rythm, the castle, the gardens, the estate of Marie-Antoinette like we did last week and to relax in fabulous surroundings😉

 

I loved our room (number 126) with nice views on the greenery, even on the bathroom !

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I would suggest to arrive on friday  and start with a walk in the Domaine (real estate) of Marie-Antoinette including first Petit Trianon, commissioned originally by Louis XIV  for his famous mistress Madame de Pompadour,  built in neoclassical style by the architect Gabriel and achieved in 1768. Then you can reach from there my favorite part of Versailles gardens : the Hamlet of Marie-Antoinette commissioned in 1783.  It looks like a small french village from Normandy with rustic style country houses for the queen and her personal selected guests. It’s a little bit Marie- Antoinette Simple Life mood but soooo picturesque !

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There is also a lake with swans and carp fishes, and a small tower of observation called Malborough tower from a popular song at this time. The perfect postcard as you can see below !

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You can walk after to the farm and see the rabbits, peacocks, chickens, goats, aries and pigs , without forgetting the cute donkeys :

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Then you can go back to the hotel and enjoy sunbathing by the pool🙂

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I would suggest a romantic diner on the Veranda terrasse in the evening to admire the sun set and they have a fabulous diet menu with these exquisite pasta as main course :

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On saturday you can visit early in the morning the castle.  Don’t miss Olafur Eliasson’s fantastic and dazzling installations :

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At 11 am rush in the gardens to admire the magical spectacle of Great Waters (Grandes Eaux). Versailles gardens with fountains working and baroque music in the background  is a unique experience in summer, just memorable !

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I do recommend to hire golf cars to explore the bushes and coppices, full of surprises and visual delights,  you will enjoy then totally  the pure beauty of the french style gardens, created by Le Nôtre,  THE garden designer  of the famous sunking,  Louis XIV.

After a light  lunch by the Grand Canal a boat ride can be fun, or hire bicycle if you want to go to Grand Trianon, located just next to Petit Trianon visited the first day.

Check before you go to Versailles, if  there is any night spectacle on saturday evening  and book if so ! You’ll have sparkles in your eyes, like a  kid,  for the final with the fireworks around midnight next to Grand Canal😉

On sunday you can take advantage of the hotel pool and relax in the spa or go back to the park to see some spots you didn’t have time to explore the days before !  You can even book a driver to go to Giverny and visit Monet house, 1 hour far from Versailles ;-)

We can also go to Versailles together, just for the day (and no waiting line there with    me !) I will give you a private tour of the castle and gardens😉 Send me a request by mail to know my fees (amuraro@sfr.fr) if you’re interested.

I invite you now to visit my Instagram account (parisdeluxearty) to see more images of Versailles if you wish  !

4 memorable days in Montecarlo, Monaco !

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, Art Fair, contemporary art, event, hotel, hotels and restaurants, luxury, Montecarlo, museums, restaurants, trips on May 3, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

We just come back from Montecarlo and that was a memorable and  delicious stay ! We went there for the new Art Fair called ArtMontecarlo that took place in Grimaldi forum, very well located. 39 galleries participated,  the major part were french, belgium, german, italian, among the best ones like Galleria Continua, Almine Rech Gallery, Tornabuoni, Laurent Godin, Eva Meyer, Nathalie Seroussi,  In Situ…The selection was excellent, I invite you to see more pics on my Insta account : parisedeluxearty.

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Dalinienne Empire – 1965

When I booked the hotel I didn’t hesitate : Hotel Metropole was my first and unique choice and I was so right ! The best atmosphere in Monaco thanks to Jacques Garcia signature : cosy, elegant, refined, stylish, arty without being too trendy, with an excellent good taste that unifies the ensemble. Actually you feel like living in a marvelous private mansion with a soul. A kind of  best kept secret in Monaco ! I loved the warm library-bar for a drink with friends. The spa is very pleasant, relaxing, and the pool side a dream, moreover  the lunch there was great with the best Pissaladiere I ever had ( french mediterranean specialty, kind of tart with glazed and roasted onions), without speaking of the  xxl tiramisu to share for dessert (see pic below) !

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The chef of the 2 hotel stared- restaurants is the famous and celebrated french big boss of  haute cuisine : Joel Robuchon . His family name himself looks like a recipe or a french cheese😉

We tried his amazing japanese restaurant called Yoshi , the first truly  japanese restaurant launched by a french chef. Actually we were very lucky to have a table as this is not huge and always over booked, and I do understand why : this was just beyond ! many people in travel and  luxury business are talking about experience but really, I can tell the difference between a promise and the reality and … you won’t be disappointed by the promise : this place is a true space and time capsule ! Everything was absolutely divine  : the sushis (see 3rd pic below) were perfect, the king crab california rolls were the best I’ve ever had , the lacquered chicken was great…The decor is just breathtaking, totally mingei ( japonese minimalist, very aesthetic and functional) with an amazing chandelier floating above the table ( second pic below) overlooking a contemporary japonese garden (cf just below) . You’re just eating in an artwork !

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The first evening after the opening of the Art Fair we had a dinner with art dealers and curators at Nobu in Fairmont hotel that I do recommend also. The flavors , the textures are another tasty experience. Great place for happy dinner with friends. sorry I don’ t have pics…

Among the mythical place to party the Jimmy’s is on the top list and we went there ! The famous auctioneer Simon de Pury,  warmed up the house with his 80’s mix. IMG_6948.jpg

Many people think Monaco is artificial, superficial, all centered on real estate, cars, casino and diamonds…nobody thinks immediately about …museums or contemporary art centers and that’s a big mistake ! I tell you : The Rock- as we say in France- is becoming a place of interest for art lovers, thanks to the great personality of Marie-Claude Beaud,  director of the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco ( NMNM), i.e the New National Museum of Monaco, including  Villa Sauber (pic 1 below) – a magnificent villa from Belle Epoque time- showing a global artistic project by Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli called Villa Marlene, tribute to the divine Marlene Dietrich (2nd pic) , meanwhile Villa Paloma from 1013, located on the heights and offering a breathtaking view on the sea, houses  hyper-realist sculptures by Duane Hanson- very freaky ones !- and Thomas Demand tricky images (4th pic). Do not miss also the video by Oscar Murillo called Meet me Mr Superman presented there.

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So, no need to be a billionaire with a huge Yacht to enjoy Monaco as you can see.  Art lovers will be more than satisfied by their stay😉 and I already want to come back in this very Deluxe&Arty place !

 

What to see in Paris this spring/summer, my top list :

Posted in Art, art and culture, contemporary art, museums, news, Paris, private guide in Paris, trips on April 12, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty
  1. Paul Klee at Pompidou Center until august 1st  : A genius ! It’s the easiest way to sum up this unclassifiable artist, creator of 10 000 artworks !  He never belonged blindly to a mouvement, and always called into question the greatest modernist trends,   from cubism, dadaism, surrealism, constructivism and abstraction, through the lens of irony, the best way to remain himself. His great sens of composition and his fabulous  taste for colours, textures and materials made him an outstanding artist in the art history of XX th century. Run to see this exhibition where 60 % of the works displayed are shown for the first time in France ! I could speak during hours about this show that is so unique and will make you feel good after visiting it, despite a political context at the end of his life which was tragic.
  2. Picasso-sculptures  in Picasso museum until august 28th : another genius, at ease in many artistic disciplines, including sculpture ! The great idea of this exhibition is to show the total mastery of this medium by the spanish master, from the very beginning to the end in the 70 ‘s, from tiny to monumental, from naturalistic to almost abstract, from wood to stone and metal… Don’t come to find paintings- actually you have just one floor in the museum devoted to this medium-  but that’s gigantic and really worth seeing ! Without forgetting the exhibition of amazing ceramic works, paintings and works on paper  from 1990 to today by famous spanish artist Miquel Barcelo, until september 30th.
  3. Douanier Rousseau in Orsay museum  until july 17th : yes painting is like poetry sometimes and we have a good example with this wonderful exhibition that you cross like a dream. It’s also a clever and new approach with parallel drawn with many art references.
  4. Guillaume Apollinaire, the gaze of a poet, in Orangerie Museum  until july 18th : the famous french poet who was the friend of avant-garde-artist like Picasso and lover of Marie Laurencin, was also an important art critic and theorist. He defended cubism, forged the label  “Orphism” for Delaunay ‘s colorful art,  wrote probably himself the manifesto of futurism, and introduced Paul Guillaume in parisian artistic circles, just to quote few artistic achievements on his short-but prolific-career ! If you like and want to explore the relationships between art and poetry at the beginning of the XXth century , this exhibition is definitely for you.
  5. Between sculpture and photography, at Rodin museum july 17th : with works by John Chamberlain (1927-2011), Cy Twombly (1928-2011), Dieter Appelt (born 1935), Markus Raetz (born 1941), Mac Adams (born 1943), Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978), Richard Long (born 1945), Giuseppe Penone (born 1947). These artists have in common the use of both medium : photography  and sculpture in their practice, but the approach and results are all different. An interesting angle of view to discover in this pleasant exhibition.

You can also visit my Insta for more images : parisdeluxarty

How to follow Paris ART WEEK until April 3rd ?

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, Art Fair, art gallery, contemporary art, event, luxury, news, Paris, places, private guide in Paris, shopping on March 31, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Just visit and like my Insta account : parisdeluxearty  😉

https://www.instagram.com/parisdeluxearty

You will find my personal selection for :

  • Salon du dessin ( Old Master Drawing Fair) in Bourse (Stock Exchange building)
  • Drawing Now (Contemporary Drawing Fair) in Carreau du Temple in Le Marais
  • Art Paris Art Fair  in Grand Palais
  • PAD (design and decorative art fair) in Tuileries gardens

See you on Insta !

Let’s set Art in life and life in Art …

Parisian Portraits #1- A guy with style…

Posted in Art, art and culture, Fashion, luxury, Paris on February 25, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Thierry, historian of fashion and dress.

I met Thierry 16 years ago , he was designing and making himself, all by hand, wedding dresses and stage costumes ! It was such an incredible work, I found him very gifted and I immediatly noticed his unique style : inspired by past but very contemporary, trendy without being a fashion victime, refusing the dictatorship of brands and magazines.

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When I asked him recently where his taste for style– even more than fashion- came from, he remembered since he was a very young boy he was both attracted  by ancient portraits showing elegant and stylish people, as well as History. In the meantime he developed a skill for manual work, and loved to customize outfits. Still today he’s able to transform a basic anonymous jacket into a must have for a fashion dressing !

You will be surprised to discover his  favorite motto : I hate shopping ! And that’s right, he doesn’t like to spend – he would say waste– time in shops, he definitly prefers to explore museums, exhibitions, and also jumble sales in Paris flourishing in spring, true treasure chest sometimes ! He always finds the perfect scarf, the right accessory for him and even what he calls learning tool for his students, i.e old outfits in perfect shape from 19th or early 20th century as this gorgeous late 19th century beaded bodice (see pic below showing the backside) to illustrate his courses on fashion history he’s giving in renowned schools like Instituto Marangoni, Marist College, Paris College or Art…

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Thierry was first graduate in art history then he decided to transform his passion  into knowledge he would transmit through lectures and courses and now he’s very successful ! His students (european, american, french)  are very fond of his lectures and like to follow him in parisian museums to observe the evolution of fashion in front of art works like in Carnavalet museum which is is the museum of the history of Paris, located in le Marais area, and the ideal place, according to Thierry, to understand parisian style and renowned elegance, through portraits and urban scenes !

Of course the reopening of Galliera museum offers also a great opportunity to study costumes with outstanding temporary exhibitions devoted to a specific fashion designer or  major fashion collections, like the show on display now devoted to Greffulhe countess dressing (she inspired Marcel Proust for his memorable character Guermantes Duchess in famous novel A la recherche du Temps perdu), without forgetting the museum of Fashion and Decorative Art, on Rivoli street, located in the Louvre building, another fabulous place to see splendid exhibitions about costumes and designers.

And to round off this first parisian portrait,  you can see on this pic below, showing a tea time in his own apartment, Thierry is also gifted to create a cosy and refined interior atmosphere in company of selected Dandies😉

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