Archive for October, 2010

Discover Lorraine : Nancy and Metz with fabulous Center Pompidou

Posted in art and culture, contemporary art, museums, places, trips on October 29, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I’ve spent 3 days in Lorraine, back to the roots indeed, that’sthe place where I was born and studied before Paris…

So we started with Nancy, famous city for Art Nouveau-nineteen hundred style -with the school of Nancy including masters of glass : Daum and Gallé. The museum of fine art is really worth visiting with a room underground devoted to Daum masterpieces. 

If you like Manet, don’t miss the exquisite portrait of Mery Laurent who was herself  from Nancy. She was very successfull and had famous lovers : Victor Hugo, Theodore de Banville, Theophile Gautier…She started a career in theatre and was very close to Manet, she posed several times for him.

Modern art collection is also very interesting with the “Cheval Majeur” by Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Marcel Duchamp ‘s brother, cast in steel thanks to father of the bride. (it’s a private joke for those who like Marcel Duchamp ….).

From animal locomotion to mechanical locomotion, a kind of mecano-morphing in one work of art :

For sweet teeth : try “Bergamotes of Nancy”, a very sweet candy, little yellow glassy squares perfumed with bergamot essence.

There is also the “Sisters’ Macaroons” : original macaroons , from a recipe made by nuns,  very crunchy  with a delicate taste of almonds and honey.

Enjoy Nancy !

Now let’s go to Metz who knows a revival with the first example of cultural institution delocalisation. A huge success indeed !! The center has been inaugurated in May and they still receive 3000 persons per day !

It has been decided to build a new Center Pompidou in the East of France, not far from Germany  and Luxembourg, but still in France. So easy from Paris : you take the fast train called TGV, in 1h30 you’re there ! 5 minutes walk from the train station and you discover an amazing construction by japonese architect Shigeru Ban who was influenced by the shape of a chinese hat !

A very clever architecture and display inside playing with light, space and  the city arround the building and masterpieces everywhere.

Did you know that Pompidou collection of modern and contemporary art was the first in Europe and 2nd in the world after the Moma  ?

Giacometti, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth from left to right

700 hundred works came from Pompidou center collection essentially plus national collections, in order to explore and question the notion of “Masterpiece”.

The Center Pompidou also commisionned artists to create special works for  Metz,  like Jean-Michel Othoniel (known for Palais Royal Metro entrance in Paris, near Comedie Française, with multicoloured glass beads from Murano).

Laurent le Bon is the director. I’ve already talked about him : he’s the curator of Murakami exhibition in Versailles.

A very gifted curator and director with brilliant ideas , just go to Metz, you’ll understand !

p.s : we thank Laurent very much, we were invited for a private tour, led by Anaïs Lellouche (in charge of missions) who welcomed us very warmly. Actually we had the Center just for us, what a Deluxe privilege to discover it for the first time !!

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la FIAC -International ART FAIR Paris

Posted in art gallery, contemporary art, Paris, shopping on October 20, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I was invited tonight at Grand Palais to the openig of the Art fair in Paris, called La FIAC. It will last until sunday 24th.

You have 2 spots : Cour Carré in the Louvre for cutting edge and young art dealers,  and Grand Palais for “established galleries”, with 114 art dealers.

Don’t miss in Grand-Palais :

– Air de Paris with minimalist graphic like signs paintings by Stephane Dafflon , François Curlet granit funerary monument evoking a television.

-Kamel Mennour with impressive Anish Kapoor and Daniel Buren

– Claudine Papillon : wall drawing by Michael Craig-Martin and  exquisite ethereal  installation by Gaelle Chotard

– Emmanuel Perrotin for his elegant, decorativ and poetic 3D “Ricochet” by Jean Michel Othoniel.

– Denise René, for her always perfect hanging devoted to Op art, with a very chic silver Vasarely, not the cheap version on city bill boards that flourished in France in 80’s !

I’m a great fan, I should say addict to Iphone and there is an apps for LA FIAC !! free moreover ! To load absolutly.

And don’t hesitate, always ask the price when you like something, you can have good surprises…

GIVERNY, Monet house

Posted in art and culture, museums, places on October 12, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

It’s still time to visit Monet until the end of the month, before they close until april 1st.

Fall is so nice that the garden is worth admiring.

The impressionist artist settled down there in 1883, he was 43 years old, and stayed until he died in 1926. he was able to buy the house in 1890 and created his japonese garden with famous waterlilies, in 1893. I think he’s the first land art artist : he created his garden like a work of art. Do you know what he said ? “Besides painting and gardening I don’t know to do anything else” !

The pond is colored with orange, yellow and deep green tones :

There  is still flowers blossoming, like beautiful Dahlias…

So if you had the pleasure to see Monet exhibition in Grand Palais, do not hesitate, it’s 1h15 min from Paris (better to go with car), you’ll understand and appreciate Monet more and more : you really fell like beeing in his paintings when you’re  in Giverny.

Paris Gourmet tour

Posted in luxury, restaurants, shops on October 6, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I loooove my job ! Such a treat today ! I was working for an agency and I gave a “gourmet tour ” for people from the Ritz hotel : we started with a wine and cheese tasting at “Pharamond”, a very parisian and very good bistrot in Les Halles district, classified national heritage : 1900 style, with colored tiles on the wall and private lounges upstairs for private lunches or diner (from 2 to 12). Oh my god ! we tasted a Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru from 2007 !! I  really enjoy Burgondy wine, more than Bordeaux. Black cherry colour and taste, perfect with Saint Nectaire cheese.

SalonThen we walked in lovely Montorgueil street to admire famous pastry shop “Storher” since 1730. Stohrer was the pastry chef of Kingof Poland whose daughter married king Louis XV, so he settled down in Versailles and opened a shop n Paris in 1730. He’s the one who created famous “Baba” (because when he created his cake the king was reading the famous tales of 1001 nights) !  Originally  it was a dry brioche from Poland he enriched with “crème patissiere” and Malaga wine. Today is a spongy brioche with a lot of rhum and whipped cream. Other specialty : the “well of love”, a sweet mix of sugar, butter and “pâte feuilletée”, absolutly delicious !

Then we had a meeting at Marcolini’s boutique near Opera house. Pierre Marcolini is a belgium  chocolate maker (from italian roots) who travels himself to Bresil, Mexico, Peru ….to select the best cocoa beams he transforms in his own workshops into exceptional chocolate. The shops in Belgium are famous, he’s got also shops in Japon too and 2 in Paris. It’s luxury chocolate, not industrial (please forget Godiva or Leonidas)  with elegant minimalist design for boxes and boutiques. Lanvin fashion house selected him  for the fashion defile to offer to VIPs dark truffles chocolate !!

It’s so funny, because after that wonderful afternoon, I was working at Grand Palais for Monet exhibition (I have to write on  it ) and I arrived so excited and in a great mood, full of energy ; my colleagues asked me what’s happened !! haha ! exceptional wine and dark chocolate is the secret  !!

Le comptoir dessiné par Olivier Lampereur

No diner for me tonight !