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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 ! ūüėČ
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 !)
РBritish 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 !)
РTheater Gates ( big huge crush !!moving and mesmerizing video/ installation, I couldn’t leave the room)
– Ji Dachun
РRicardo Brey ( the Alchimist) 3rd pic below
– Tiffany Chung ( small scales )
РLorna 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 ? ūüėČ

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РCy 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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РCharles 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.
РGlass 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 :
РFrench 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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UNITY & SOLIDARITY

Posted in art and culture, contemporary art, Paris on January 8, 2015 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

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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 ūüėČ
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 caf√©s 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).

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( Sunset et Villa Medici- French Academy in Rome)

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.
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2) Hotel de Russie
Sometimes people know just 1 hotel name in Rome and this is it !
Located just next to Santa Maria deńļ 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.
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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.
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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 !
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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 !
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3) Trendy and (very) young : Bar del¬†Fico . Outside :¬†Amazing 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.
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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 !
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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.
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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…)
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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 ūüėČ With gems like Kandinsky, Albers, Klimt, de Nittis, italian futurist, Manzoni (see pic), Fontana, Cruz-Diez…
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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‚Äô 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-museerodin.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

‚Äúgive 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 H√ītel Biron, which will be the Mus√©e Rodin, reserving the right to reside there all my life.‚ÄĚ

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‚Äôt miss a tour in the lovely french style garden where imposing bronzes are displayed all around like the mythic ¬ę¬†Doors of Hell¬†¬Ľ or the ¬ę¬†Bourgeois from Calais¬†¬Ľ.

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‚Ķ 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…

 

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 ‚Äúarchitectural pastiche and cultural dislocation,‚ÄĚ 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¬į10 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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A movie filled with Love and poetry : L’Artiste et son Mod√®le 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 A√Įda 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 !).

Contemporary dance in the Louvre with Damien Jalet last friday : I was there !

Posted in art and culture, event, museums, Paris on February 26, 2013 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I love when History meets Contemporary. I’m against partitioning systems in Art and ¬†bridges between past and present have always existed. I do think Paris is the ideal place for this special meeting, especially the Louvre, still today ! Wim Delvoye showed it last summer brilliantly for instance. The Louvre has developped for some years now¬†another ¬†great idea besides temporary contemporary exhibitions :¬†¬†an ephemeral experience ¬†is offered to a¬†choreographer , by performing one night in the museum’s rooms ! A first glance we could say Dance is the art of present in opposition to the eternity enbodied by work of art…That’s why the allince of both and the experience of attending a dance spectacle in the middle of the works and fabulous architecture of the Louvre is SO unique ¬†! ¬†After you lived it , you just wanted to say at loud : again ! I can tell you all the audience last friday had the feeling to participate to somethig very special and moving.

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Moreover some dancers were accompanied by live musicians and singers. I particularly appreciated Winter Family performance and the singer in Khorsbad . The topics chosen echoed totally the sculptures in Richelieu wing in the splendid Marly and Puget courtyards¬† : mythologie with Acteon drama , frenzied wild nymphs , the primoridal couple… I attended a fantastic final in Khorsabad courtyard ( image on right), under the protection of Lamassu-winged genius with 5 legs, a bull body ad human’s head- from 8th century BC.

Thanks to Domoina, Art concierge in  Royal Monceau, who  recommended me this  magic night the Louvre !