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THE VENICE BIENNALE 2019…

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, contemporary art, event, exhibition, Lifestyle curator, museums, travels, trips, Venice on August 13, 2019 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

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What to see now and this spring 2019 in Paris ? Here is my top 4 worth seeing shows :

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, event, exhibition, Lifestyle curator, Paris, private guide in Paris on February 14, 2019 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Among the must-see exhibitions this coming spring and already visible now, the fabulous show in Custodia¬†Foundation is unmissable and the title says it all : 500 years of Master’s drawings from Pouchkine Museum. How exciting !

It is said that if you exhibit a drawing 3 months you have to storage it 3 years in order to protect the work against the damages of light. That’s why you can’t see permanently drawing’s collection from outstanding museum on display but only temporary shows. And usually you have to travel to see these marvels.¬†Sometimes few drawings from the museum are lent for a temporary exhibition abroad but rarely a huge ensemble.

Then you realize how lucky we are in Paris to admire a wonderful bunch of 195 works coming from renowned Pouchkine museum in Moscow and representative of the history of drawing : from the German and Italian Renaissance to the European and Russian avant-garde of the twentieth century !

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Parmigianino-Virgin and child in clouds –¬†1526 / ¬†Picasso-Head of an old man in a tiara- 1905

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Klee-Comet over Paris – 1918

https://www.fondationcustodia.fr/English

If you prefer postwar paintings Vasarely outstanding retrospective in Pompidou Center is for you ! It’s the first one ever organized in France showing all the facets of the father of Optical Art (called also Op’ art) through 300 works and documents ¬†including¬†paintings, sculptures, multiples, architectural integrations, advertising, studies, objects…

With the hungarian artist Abstract geometry can be fun and feels alive through selected forms and seductive colors. Art for all in everyday life was also is concern.¬†Complete, clever and playful, it’s¬†the ideal family show and a great opportunity to rediscover an artist inscribed in our visual heritage of the 70’s and 80’s.

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Tribute to Malevitch(1954-58)

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The Courtauld collection from London at Louis Vuitton Foundation :

Thanks to the refurbishment of Sommerset House planned for the coming two years, ¬† acclaimed impressionnist masterpieces such as Un Bar aux Folies Berg√®res by Manet and the somptuous Loge (the Theatre Box) by Renoir were able to leave London until mid-june. How lucky we are in Paris to admire them ! Even if I’m used to getting together everytime I travel to London- like visiting french friends established on the other side of the chanel- it’s always good to see artworks in a new context.

Hope the british people are grateful to Mr Samuel Courtauld, who had french roots, to have made impressionist and post-impressionist artists accepted and recognized in Great Britain, through his stunning personal collection first -actually lovely built with his wife Elizabeth in a record time : from 1923 to 1929- and then through the fund he created on purpose for the National Galleries in order to fill artistic gaps regarding “modern” french school.

It was not an easy task reminds us the catalogue of the exhibition as many british people, still very conservative regarding art, considered french impressionist and post impressionist artists not worthy to be exhibited in public collection ! By the way, the most horrible critics were addressed towards… C√©zanne who was judged -even in the 20’s as a bad painter ! Well, his sense of space distorsion with daring points of view disrupted many british minds meanwhile Courtauld ¬†himself ¬†was immediately overwhelmed by the Master of Aix when he visited the famous¬†exhibition at¬†Burlington Fine Arts in 1922 showing a¬†selection of artworks from french¬†school of the last 100 years.¬†

The british industrial Рwho made fortune thanks to viscose- started then just the year after, in 1923, to collect paintings. Not at all to satisfy any socialite activity but rather to accomplish an artistic mission : give at least the right place Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gaugin, Van Gogh, Seurat deserved in UK. His wish was supported by a great sense of sharing his vision with a large audience as Art brought his so much in his life he desired to offer to a large public the possibility to elevate themselves their spirits thanks to Art, in times of industrialisations and materialism. He even went further with the creation of the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1931, which was not only a place where visitors could admire an outstanding private collection gathering masterpieces of modernity, but also a university section to teach Art History, which not yet a real academic discipline. The aim was to spread then this knowledge through the country and to form future curators and directors of museum.

All I can say is mission accomplished Mr Courtauld as the Institute is today famous and renowned in Art world !

If you’re not familiar with this collection and its fabulous history, ¬†I will be delighted to give you a private tour. Please contact me through my mail if you wish more informations (amuraro@sfr.fr).

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Manet- Un Bar aux Folies Bergères

 

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Monet- Antibes

 

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Seurat- Horses in water

 

Picasso-Calder exhibition in Picasso museum :

Two sacred monsters of modern art who shared the same passion for creativity and innovations without losing their child soul, it was time to gather them ! Great dialogues between works displayed and surprises too when we come to abstraction with Picasso, like in this picture below where the spanish master’s finds his place in the middle ūüėČ …

A must see until august 25th.

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Venice Biennale 2017

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, Art Fair, art gallery, contemporary art, event, Lifestyle curator, travels, trips, Venice on August 23, 2017 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

 

You still have time to visit the Venice Biennale, until november 26 th exactly. We were there one month ago and I had few big crushes I wanted to share with you. Let’s start with the Giardini and my top 5 pavillions :

1¬į¬†¬†Switzerland : the ¬†pavilion is a tribute to Giacometti who actually never represented his country in the Biennale. The installation/ movie made Birchler and Hubbard moved us so deeply ! It’s about the forgotten love of the sculptor called Flora Mayo, which is also an edifying destiny of a woman artist coming from USA at the beginning of the century, thanks to the support of her family, until the crisis of 1929 ruined her artistic hopes and life… Nothing remains from her creations except a photograph of a wonderful bust she made of Giaco…I’m still haunted by her story.

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2¬į Corea : ¬†Glad to discover Cody Choi, an enfant terrible of contemporary art. Subversive, ¬†transgressive, and meaningful.

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3¬į France¬†: The day we visited the Giardini was really ¬†magical as Nigel Godrich the producer of Radio head came to the pavilion-studio for a string session recording and the artist Xavier Veilhan was there too. Creation in motion.

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4¬į Austria :¬†up to you to activate famous Erwin Wurm one minute sculpture. ¬†Hilarious !

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5¬į¬†Belgium¬† : the somptuous dark and mysterious images by Dirk Braeckman mesmerized me. I admire greatly their pictorial quality.

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The german pavilion is out of competition if I could say as the excellent artist Anne Imhof -who received the golden lion- choose to present an impressive live performance for the opening and ..nothing remains for it. Go and see it nevertheless.

 

In the Arsenale, my favorite works were :

1¬į Julian Charriere ¬†

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2¬įMichelle Stuart¬†¬†

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3¬įErnesto Neto¬†¬†

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4¬įLeonor Antunes

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5¬įKader Attia¬†

6¬įAlicia Kwade¬†

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Don’t miss ¬†also these 2 pavilions in the Arsenale :

  • China,¬†especially with¬†two artists¬†whose artworks are¬†displayed on the ceiling : Wangtianwen and Yaohuifen.¬†

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  • and the Georgian one ¬†with¬†Vajiko Chachkhiani¬†. Everyone is talking about his outstanding installation : a ¬†house where a non stoppable inside rain will ruin everything…

Big crush also for the nigeran pavilion,¬†¬†located in¬† Scoletta dei Battioro e dei Tiraoro, ¬†a building from¬†early 18th century, that was once home to Venice‚Äôs gold thread and gold leaf guild. Moreover this is the first participation of this country for the Biennale. Peju Alatise ‘s installation, evoking a yoruba tale is a must see ! Formal perfection and moving background with an actual echo of african female condition.

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The best exhibitions to see in Venice during this Biennale  :

1¬į Palazzo Fortuny and Axel Vervoordt choice. A must attend rendez-vous , the true spirit of ¬†connoisseurs, but, alas , the last edition… so Enjoy !!

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2¬į Dont miss, next to Santa Maria dei Miracoli the outstanding¬†Palazzo Soranzo van Axel :¬†

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In this place, just refurbished , you can see a group show curated by Pouchkine museum. I loved especially 2 excellent artworks :

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  • an impressive sound installation by Yri Kalendarev that you can activate

 

3¬į Prada Foundation : a complex exhibiton – very german- ¬†with Thomas Demand, Alexander Kluge and Anna Viebrock, that turns to be a strange and disquieting experience for the visitor… but really worth doing !

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I invite yo to go on my Insta and turn the clock back to mid- august to see my posts from Venice , including the Biennale @parisdeluxearty ! 

 

 

 

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 ūüėČ

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 Mus√©e 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 ūüėČ and I already want to come back in this very Deluxe&Arty place !

 

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 ¬† ūüėČ

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 …

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 !

 

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.