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

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The Top 5 spring (even summer for some) exhibitions not be missed in Paris :

Posted in Art, contemporary art, museums, Paris on May 7, 2014 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

1)    Henri-Cartier Bresson – Centre Pompidou until june Henri-Cartier Bresson ( 1908-2004), the french photographer who founded renowned Magnum Agency in 1947-with Capa, Rodger and Chim- was nicknamed « The eye of the century » as he witnessed the greatest moments of world history, from Spanish war in 1936 to the biggest changes linked to decolonisation and cold war. He was one of the last man who spoke to Gandhi few hours before his assassination, the first western photographer in 1954 allowed to cross the iron curtain in Russia after the death of Staline.

But before giving credentials to photo-journalism, he was originally trained as a painter in Andhré Lhote workshop notably, and was stronlgly influenced by surrealism and modernism, as we can see in his first images.

This retrospective in Pompidou Center is a real event , the first to be organized since his death 10 years ago, with a selection of 500 photographs, drawings, paintings, documents, films, which offers to the visitor an extraordinary and complete access to his work, revealing its depth and variety, without forgetting iconic images capturing the famous « decisive moment » like Giacometti walking in Maeght Gallery, becoming himself The Man who walks.

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Centre Pompidou-Place Georges-Pompidou 75004 Paris- http://www.centrepompidou.fr

from 11am to 11pm (Closed on Tuesday) – 13 euros full price / 11 euros reduced rate

2)    Artaud-Van Gogh – Orsay Museum until july 6th

The choice of Orsay Museum is captivating since it’s more than a Van Gogh exhibition, which is itself an avent ! We have on display 40 paintings, a selection of outstanding drawings, some letters to his brother Theo, but not only : the show is completed by Artaud works and pictures. Actually Orsay exhibition is based on a book written by the french dramatist and writer in 1947, called «  The Man suicided by the Society », one of the most beautiful, poignant and moving text about Vincent Van Gogh’s art.

In 1947 , few days before a retrospective of the dutch painter organized at Orangerie Museum, Artaud was asked by a an art dealer, Pierre Loeb, to write a text about Van Gogh, as he thought an author who spent 9 years in a psychiatric asylum was the best placed to understand the work of a painter considered mad by the society…

The result was dark and brilliant at the same time, exactly like Van Gogh’s paintings.

This exhibition is the same level, I loved it !

But don’t be afraid by the serious side of the exhibition, if you think french poets have a twisted mind andfrighten you, just focus on Vincent’s works and the pleasure of vivid colours and dense textures, you won’t be disapointed.

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Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait de l’artiste, Paris, automne 1887 (© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Gérard Blot) + Man Ray, Antonin Artaud, 1926 (© Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jacques Faujour © Man Ray Trust / ADAGP, Paris 2014))

Musée d’Orsay- 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris- 00 33 1 40 49 48 14- http://www.musee-orsay.fr

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm – from 11 euros full price/ 8,50 euros reduced rate

3) Paris 1900 Petit Palais until august 17th

Who never dreamed about going back through time and live in 1900 Paris, the well-named Belle Epoque  ? When Paris was considered to be the Capital of Art, pleasures and entertainments with its many museums, galleries, cabarets, theatres,restaurants and very special houses with closed curtains…? In 1900 Paris was definitly the Capital of capitals and the acclaimed 1900 World Fair attracted this year 51 millions people to France culturel center !

The first metro line crossing Paris from West to East was built, a new impressive bridge with gilded satues sparkling, spanning proudly above river Seine, linking Champs Elysées to Invalides was inaugurated and celebrated the franco-russian friendship (Alexander IIIrd bridge), a new train station for electric trains was achieved (the future Orsay museum), and last but not least, buildings to house temporary exhibitions devoted to the best of french art  through age were designed at the corner of Champs Elysées and still exist today : Grand Palais and Petit Palais, the latter used today for this brilliant exhibition called « Paris 1900 : the spectacle city ».

That’s why you’ll be totally immerged in these fabulous times of creativity and happiness thanks to a rich documentation : vintage pictures , posters and movies (Melies- The Lumiere brothers), preparatory sketches for the world fair, dresses and accessories evoking the legendary « parisienne » (parisian woman) and many art works ( paintings, sculptures, decorative art…).

A large part is devoted to Art Nouveau Style of course with the greatest signatures : Guimard, Lalique, Prouvé, Gallé, Grasset, Mucha…The artists of the turn of the century are well represented too: Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, the Nabis…You will discover other names, less familiar today, but expert in images of 1900 Paris : Beraud, Gervex…

600 works on total to give a taste of Paris in 1900, when Paris was giving pleasure endlessly !

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Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris- 
Avenue Winston Churchill 
75008 Paris – 
00 33 1 53 43 40 00- www.petitpalais.paris.fr

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Late opening until 8pm on Thursdays for temporary exhibitions-11 euros full price/ 8 euros reduced rate

4)    Bill Viola– Grand Palais until july 21st
Strongly influenced by art history-according to him Giotto’s frescoes in Assisi basilica is the unequalled summit of art installation- Goya, Bosch, Vermeer, haunt his work, lyrical and minimalist in the same time, but always accessible to a large audience.It would be reductive-even if true- to introduce Bill Viola as the greatest representative of video art in the world today, as limiting an artist about his predilection medium would enclosed him in a category. Viola is an artist first, who seeks to express universal ideas and emotions, based on major metaphysical questions (Who am I ? Where am I ? Where am I going ? ), through moving images thanks to a technique , as he likes to say, which appears when he was born in 1951 : video images.

Known all around the world since the 90’s-Viola had already great retrospectives organized in NY, LA, Tokyo, Berlin, it was time Paris devoted him an exhibition worthy of his name.

Done here in Grand Palais exhibition’s rooms where you will be invited to a mesmerizing journey, and will live a real experience.

Unknown-2Bill Viola, Ascension, 2000, installation vidéo sonore, 10 minutes, performeur : Josh Coxx, Bill Viola Studio, Long Beach, Etats-Unis, Photo Kira Perov

Grand Palais- 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris 01 44 13 17 17- http://www.grandpalais.fr

from 13 euros full price/ 9 euros reduced rate

From 10 am to 10pm ( on Sunday and Monday until 8pm)- Closed on tuesday

 

5) Once upon a time, the Orient Express– IMA (Institut du Monde Arabe- Arabic World Institut) until august 31st

An invitation to travel without leaving Paris, that’s the promise of this splendid and unexpected exhibition !

What a unbelievable challenge : the real legendary Orient Express train, with 7 original cars, conceived in 1883 as a 5 star palace on tracks by Georges Nagelmakers, displayed on the square of Arabic World Institute (in french Institut du Monde arabe. The IMA (initials in french of this cultural center) is an outstanding contemporary building inaugurated in 1987 and designed by Pritzker Prize’s laureate french architect Jean Nouvel , a mix of high tech structure and abstract oriental motifs, facing Notre-Dame, built in 1163.

The exhibition is a pure delight and great fun ! First you start with the visit of the coaches and expect to meet Mata Hari, Agatha Christie, James Bond…all the mythical characters, real or fictional, linked with this exceptional train, symbole of exquisite luxury (finest panelling- glasses in the bar designed by Lalique) and exoticism ( the train went from London to Istambul via Paris and Venice). For each car, an original display with documents, accessories, clothes, evoke the famous and privileged travellers that made us dream.

From time to time, you can hear the sound of the train whistling like ready to leave with the noise of wheels on tracks…

Then, second part, inside the Arabic World Institute building, with more documents, posters, decoratives art, paintings…all linked with the Orient Express and its golden age in the beginning of 20th century, and shown in huge travel trunks transformed into show windows.

What a fantastic journey into time !

And the cherry on the cake : you can book online, during the exhibition, for a dinner inside one of these coaches ! The menu was created by famous french chef Yannick Alleno.

http://www.yannick-alleno.com

(120 euros without wines/ 160 euros with wines)

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1 rue des Fossés Saint Bernard-Place Mohammed V- 75005 Paris • T 00 33 1 40 51 38 38 www.imarabe.org – closed on Monday- check opening time on website

10,50 euros full price/ 8,50 euros reduced rate

 

 

 

 

 

BALM Restaurant : Design&Delicious

Posted in contemporary art, Paris, restaurants on April 20, 2014 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I’ve already written a post about the dream team Pierrick and Kiki Mathon for Thaïm restaurant, my favorite Thaï in Palais Royal area (check in the archives) ; well, they are back with B.A.L.M ! After the success of Thaïm, Pierrick had the wish to open a french gastronomic place which would be also an arty spot for design and art lovers. Facing the former palace of Cardinal Richelieu built in early 17th century and today office of the french minister of Culture, in a little street parallel to Palais Royal gardens, Balm is the acronym of  Boeuf à la mode, a legendary restaurant of the age of enlightenment which opened there in 1792 but closed in 20th century to be transformed into a garage then into a light shop. Pierrick and Kiki launched the contemporary and trendy Balm in december 2012, keeping the initials of the famous restaurant like a tribute to this legendary place…(this pic below by Patrick Curtet)

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Great names of design world were selected to create a contemporary but welcoming atmosphere : Eames, Mariscal, Massaud…raw and noble material are matching in an elegant balance of mineral and vegetal. On the wall, sensual photographs by Marc Lagrange warm up the minimalist decor.

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The Chef, Rachid Djellali, who had worked before for George V and Bristol -great references-sucedeed in finding tasty equivalent to the decor !  Fresh, stylished, with textures and colors matches in your plate, his cuisine is a delight for gourmet palates and esthete. Below, the perfect starter for spring : scalops carpaccio with tartare beetroots and granny smith then a plancha gambas with risotto like a paella.

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without forgetting excellent seasonal dessert, an exquisite tartlet with pink rhubarb and white cheese sorbet :

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A very ParisDeluxe&Arty restaurant indeed !

B.A.L.M : 6 rue de Valois- 75001 Paris – tel. : 00 33 1 42 60 38 81 – http://www.balm.fr

 

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 “architectural pastiche and cultural dislocation,” 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°10 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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Claire Morgan at Karsten Greve Gallery, Paris, until nov 3rd

Posted in art gallery, contemporary art, Paris on October 31, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Hurry up if you don’t want to miss the great show of a rising young artist in le Marais area, until saturday ! She’s only 32 years old (from Ireland , living in London)and very impressive for her artistic maturity and mastering of different disciplines and techniques : drawing, sculpture,  installation, and taxidermy ! I’ve already told about her last year  (nov 18th) when she exhibited (with Erik Nissbicker by the way) in Conciergerie. Actually I’ve noticed her for the first time at La Fiac last year and I’m still mesmerized by her work  which transcends  images of death (birds and/or insects) through a formal and technical display- a real performance actually- that plays with perception and space. A work in the same time symbolic, esthetic, optical and filled with poetry based on  artistic qualities -nooo, it’s not  a bad word ! and a great rigour in the execution , which is according to me another rare quality today. Enough of cheap and anti-art ! Don’t be afraid by the title of the exhibition “Quietus” with underlying images of death,  and let’s celebrate the birth of a great artist, you will see her name everywhere very soon for sure.

a globe of golden bees attracting black birds in a trap, falling down in a slow choreography

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Erik Nussbicker’s performance at Palais the Tokyo

Posted in contemporary art, event, Paris on October 23, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I just come back from an amazing performance given tonight by my friend Erik Nussbicker who was invited to Palais the Tokyo, a famous center for contemporary art in Paris- I would say a laboratory for cutting edge art- for an odd recital …on a deer’s bones. It’s actually a sound piece also called “Le Cerf de Saint Eustache “( Saint Eustachius’ deer), in reference to a wonderful engraving by Durer where we can see the saint kneeling down in front of a deer on whose head a cross is shining between his antlers.In Erik Nussbicker installation we can observe first a carpet made of horse hair , on which is displayed an entire deer’s skeleton. All the bones, so thin and white, had been worked slighty to be “played” by th artist himself : using echoes, vibrations, percussions, from the smallest- like teeth vibrating on the jaw- to the most imposing : the head transformed into a lyre. We feel like being linked back with the forces of nature, paying a tribute to a lord-animal of the forest, making bridges between life/death/ and space even,  through vibes and sound. A great total experience for him as for the audience.

       

 

 

Gaël Davrinche at Gallery Magda Danysz in Paris until june 16th

Posted in art gallery, contemporary art, Paris on May 29, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I must say Gaël is one of my favorite figurative  artist in contemporary painting today for his knowledge of art history and his quality of painting : he’s such a great colorist with quite uneasy subject, avoiding always decorative or easy seduction . No trap, just Art !

     

My favorite series in this exhibition are the flowers, we could even say “Portaits of flowers” :  they have such a presence while fading away in a slow motion movement that looks like an elegant choreography, about to desappear in a sudden gust of wind…we can immediatly see how gorgeous they were during their splendour, nevertheless they keep in the degeneration process, thanks to a subtle richness of multiple hues, their past beauty.

Who’s afraid of Mona Lisa ?

Not Gaël for sure ! he dared to pay ironic tributes (that demonstrates actually his devotion to old masters ) to this iconic lady, echoing itself another famous irreverent hommage by Marcel Duchamp.

Lux Perpetua at Kamel Mennour until may 26th

Posted in art gallery, contemporary art, Paris with tags , , on May 11, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Let’s talk about contemporay art today with my favorite group show right now in 6th district at Kamel Mennour gallery : Lux Perpetua. “Light, which cannot exist without space and time, is the stuff of  artists, who battle daily in order to keep the spark of creation alive. For art remains a beacon shining in the night, a glimmer in the shadows. A shroud of the immortals; a funereal splendour. ” This  first group show ever organized by the gifted -and very charming- gallerist is truly successfull : the selection of pieces and their hanging create a dialog that is just perfect ! Admire the voluptous black waves of Soulages near Legray sea-scape at night  facing the 3D light space installation by Morellet : “m’illumino d’immenso” ! as says Alfredo Jarr and even wrote it in neon light in a room near Anish Kapoor and Ann-Veronica Janssens.

My favorite room is the one with Dan Flavin colored neon light enhancing and responding to Delacroix  radiant Othello and Desdemona,-so venitian- a true masterpiece  where the fire of passion is consuming the lover. ..

    

Next to the Romantic Master, Mohamed Bourouissa young promising artist – already in Pinault foundation- seems to invert the role in his composed scene, inspired by Carravaggio. I would love to speak about all the exhibition since I liked it from the beginning : I mean before you get inside the gallery, when you arrive in the courtyard, a cercle of light falls on you with Michel Verjux, while Kounellis signature is burning and Morellet winks at you from the top of the majestic architecture…

Hurry up art lovers, this perfect show ends may 26th !

Thanks to Kamel Mennour gallerry for Delacroix and Mohamed Bourouissa pictures

Joël Ducorroy, an Art and Letter’s Master at Paul-Louis Flandrin Gallery, Paris, until january 31st 2012

Posted in art gallery, contemporary art, Paris on December 17, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

First, let me introduce you my dear friend Paul-Louis Flandrin (on the left on picture below , next to the artist Joel Ducorroy, courtesy Katia Feltrin). Paul-Louis is an antique art dealer and expert specialised in jewellery and silversmith (for three generations !), located not far from Invalides in very Chic&Deluxe 7th district (Les Trois Grilles,158 rue de Grenelle,75007).

His wife, the exquisite Francine Flandrin, is an artist (painting/ installation) and a curator. She invited french artist Joël Ducorroy to exhibit in the gallery space, which was a perfect setting for the pieces shown : words engraved on old silver plates, evoking the function of the object selected. I love words in contemporary art ( Magritte, Barry, Wiener…) for their suggestive power or even letter’s design, but there is another dimension here : french humour !  with a Deluxe style of course. I did love the long silver plate to serve cake engraved : ” Coutau, fourchette, miettes, miettes, miettes,” (knife, fork, crumbs, crumbs, crumbs, crumbs) and the silver plate for messages engraved “message”,

          

Did you see the hamburger below ?

Pain/Viande/ Pain (Bread/ Meat/Bread) !!

I like the blue plate too in the show case : “Famille Princière” (princely family).

In case you’re not from any Royal family-which happened sometimes unfortunatly- maybe the red can suit your taste :

And a project for coffee cup, when Malevicth meets Robert Barry :

If you’re interested by these very Deluxe&Arty works, please contact Paul-Louis on my behalf :

http://paul-louis.flandrin.galerie.over-blog.com/

Bêtes Off : contemporary art in Conciergerie until march 2012

Posted in art and culture, contemporary art, event, Paris on November 18, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Wednesday I was invited at the opening of a great contemporary art exhibition I do recommend you : “Bêtes Off” , in this fabulous men at arms room-dating back to Philippe the Fair- located in Conciergerie on city island, the craddle of Paris where french kings established first their royal residence and center of power before they moved in 14th century to the Louvre.

The City Palace became then a prison called Conciergerie from the name of high ranking character : the concierge who was in charge of order, police and registered prisoners.The Conciergerie prison became saddly famous with the Revolution for having hosted queen Marie-Antoinette during 70 days before she was condemned to the guillotine on Concorde Square in 1793.

Since wednesday a strange forest inhabited with no less strange animals established its winter quarters in this fantastic 14th century  Men at arms room ( a rare and outstanding ex of civil gothic architecture in Paris) for a temporary exhibition devoted to animal place in contemporary art.

Art Orienté Objet , Necking(le langage du cou) ,2007. A knitting trophy as impressive as a real one !

Nicolaï Polissky, the trophy room, 2011 (Royal Monceau collection)

Claire Morgan, Here is the end of all things, 2011

This young irish artist who was remarked very much on Karsten Greve booth during the last Art fair (FIAC) in Paris, constructs in her sculptures/installations a very  striking visual work, operating a fusion between life and death, the fragile beauty  and the horror in nature. Fascinating !

And last but not least my friend Erik Nussbiker (I support him for 15 years now !) with Le temps des mouches (the time of flees), 2011 :

A giant but elegant twisted silk strucure-evoking an hourglass- trembling gently with drafts,like breathing from time to time, filled with flees trying to fly toward the top and falling down inexorably…the passage of time, the allusion of vanity in 17th century dutch painting (the hourglass, the flees…) make that installation the peak of the exhibition, under the magnificent vaulted ceiling.