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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.

Unknown© Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

VenicebyNight      Sunset from Zitelle

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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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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 !

 

Anne Muraro in LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINE !!

Posted in art advisor, art and culture, contemporary art, hotels and restaurants, luxury, museums, Paris, personal shopper, private guide in Paris on April 10, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

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A  Paris  Insider  Shares

Her Secrets

Luxury Travel Magazine interviews Anne Muraro, Paris tour guide of choice for A-List celebs, Middle East royals, sports stars and the like.Muraro is an art historian, art advisor and personal shopper in Paris since 2000. She was recently referenced by American Express Centurion in their Paris City Guide. Her VIP clients include: Eva Mendes (pictured above with Muraro in the Louvre museum), Denise Richards, Robert Downey Jr., Will Smith’s family, Kobe Bryant, HRH Princess Victoria of Sweden, Al Nahyan family, among many others.
Luxury Travel Magazine’s interview with Anne Muraro:
How do you proceed in order to create personalized tours for your clients ?
I try to obtain the maximum of information about their tastes. Concerning a city tour for example, I ask them if they prefer architecture, fine arts, history…About fine arts if they prefer modern art, contemporary art or old masters, then I build the perfect tour corresponding to their interests. The same for museums, if they want the highlights or if they want to explore an artistic trend through Parisian museums, for example, an impressionist tour included not only Orsay, but also Marmottan collection and Orangerie, and why not a journey to Monet’s home in Giverny?
How can you surprise visitors who had already been to Paris many times ?
Usually, the best way is by going on “off the beaten path” walking tours. My favorite starts in the gardens of the Palais Royal near the Louvre and leads us to the Paris Opera house, through the covered passageways created in the early 19th century (around 1830 for the most part). They are classified national heritage sights with vintage decor (mosaics, glass roof, sculptures). They have become trendy with many bistros and boutiques, so it’s the perfect blend of history and contemporary Parisian life. Another way to surprise visitors: my special gourmet tour! It’s a selection of the best places for wines, cheeses, chocolate, fine groceries, where we can taste the best products. It’s another way to speak about french history, visiting street markets or the oldest french pastry shop on one hand and discovering contemporary talents like Pierre Hermé on the other hand. (By the way I gave tours to Pierre Hermé his winter!)

So you’re an art historian, art advisor for collectors, and personal shopper specializing in high fashion and jewelry, but are you able to advise people about restaurants and hotels for their stay ?

Of course! Hotels and restaurants are my passions too! I know all the palace hotels and their restaurants very well, since I’ve been working with them for 11 years now and I’m able to recommend the best places for the best stay.

All tours are private and custom-designed, starting at 100 euros per hour/250 euros for high-end jewelry tour (Boucheron private collection, Chanel VIP collection and vintage pieces, etc.). To book, call Anne Muraro at 33-6/60-64-65-02 or e-mail her at amuraro@club-internet.fr. Website: www.annemuraro.com

TOXIC and Alain-Dominique Gallizia at Basquiat exhibition

Posted in Art, event, museums on January 28, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Yesterday evening I was guiding french vips in splendid Basquiat exhibition (pay attention this is the last week end with  opening tonight until midnight) when I saw many people around an american speaking french in front of a painting and attracted more an more people.I asked someone who looked to know that person very well  who he was and he told me it was Stephen Tornton himself , Basquiat’s assitant,  he was doing a lecture ! then I asked the man who answered me who was he and  he replied : Alain-Dominque Gallizia. He’s famous for his graffitti collection- a reference- he exhibited  in Grand Palais in 2009.  Then he told me that TOXIC was even there !! my god !  We were close to “Hollywood africans”, made when Basquiat came to the East coast for a show at Larry Gagosian’s gallery, he portrayed himself with his 2 friends Rammellzee and Toxic, so I couldn’t resist and took a picture of him and Mr Gallizia in front of Hollywood Africans. Historical !

Basquiat at Musée d’Art Moderne Ville de Paris with Robert Downey Jr and his wife

Posted in contemporary art, museums on November 8, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I had the pleasure and great honnor to guide this week-end Robert Downey Jr and his wife. We’ve been to Versailles  for Murakami and Basquiat at Musée d’Art Moderne Ville de Paris.

You’d better plan your visit and buy ticket online because it’s the show of the end of the year (with Monet in Grand Palais), don’t miss it !  An exceptional retrospective with 200 works. The first ever organized in France and perhaps the last one.

It’s amazing to see the line, sometimes 2h ! there are not just kids , it’s very impressive to observe all the kind of people, from children to seniors, with very classy people, very 16th or 7th district you wouldn’t expect in a contemporary art show.

I was very touched when I heard yesterday a young father dressed with a lodden, very elegant-7th district I would say ! telling his child : “look here, that’s the picture of the painter “with such a respect and he said “painter” not graffitti artist.

I would have loved Basquiat to have heard it and if only he was able  to see how he can gather people around art and painting, because you’ll realize visiting this exhibition his immense knowledge, the way he mixed high and low cultures, sprirituality and ordinary, his energy , his anger with injustice and racism. And the great colorist he was.

All that makes Basquiat a giant of art and not a street artist who became famous.

© Lizzie Himmel© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat© ADAGP, Paris 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 !!

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.

Murakami opening in Chateau de Versailles

Posted in contemporary art, monuments, museums, music, Versailles on September 14, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Waow ! What an evening yesterday ! We were, Edwart my fiancé and me, invited to the VIP party to Chateau the Versailles for Murakami opening with a private concert by Pharrell Williams !!!! Edwart was  there since the morning for french television, he participates to a show called “Un soir au Musée” on France 5 , 2 thursdays/ months, and  he met Murakami who is very nice.

We arrived for the opening at 8pm and the light was so beautiful in these fabulous french gardens. A giant gilded Buddha is displayed between two ponds and 2 lovely japonese girls were taken pictures, they looked like princesses, very elegant, quite mysterious, then we sat newt to them during the coktails and spoke : one has a japonese tea shop in Saint Germain des Près, the other is going to open a japonese spa…for sure,I will let you know more  about her very soon.

it can take 4 years to Murakami to achieve an artwork, they are all manufactured with extreme care in the making , the choices of colours, the details. The influences are of course Manga and Kawaï cultures.
here are my favorite :
the second one is displayed in the dazzling Hall of Mirrors and facing the gardens, actually, it’s a tribute to french gardener designer Andre Lenotre.
We saw Laurent Lebon , the curator, and congratulated him, he’s a GREAT curator with new visions about contemporary art and culture, and very clever and knowledgable without being “unreachable”. That’s so rare !! He’s also the director of new Pompidou center in Metz (Lorraine, east of France, I will write soon also about it).
Then we had the VIP party  in the incredible Orangerie, open only for private event.
Pharrell Williams is a very good friend of the artist and even participates  to the creation of an artwork you can see in the exhibition.
Waow, the concert blew our mind !!! girls went crazy when Pharrell invited them on stage with him !!
Then we went back to our hotel-yes we decided to spend the night in Versailles, no trouble with taxi ! and it was the opportunity to enjoy one more time Trianon Palace ! People think we are millionaire, but we only know how to enjoy good life and spa (my obsession !!) ! With trip Advisor and  Expedia I could have the best rate 😉
Gordon Ramsey is the chef and everything is delicious.
We learnt that Pharrel was also sleeping there but we did not see him at the breakfast 😉
The lobby is very relaxing, contemporary design but elegant and not cold, filled with natural daylight . The swimming pool is more minimalist, silver and blue atmosphere…they should add a little decor, a kind of frieze, i can imagine elegant drawing on the wall evoking fishes, underwaterworld, or more greenery perhaps. But the natural light is such a pleasure !

Barcelona-museums and places

Posted in Barcelona, contemporary art, museums, travels on August 23, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Hola amigos !

Just come back from Barcelona, a city full of charm if you avoid tacky places like Las Ramblas-how can people take pleasure strolling on it , well fighting against the crowd, to see cheap street performers  ? and avoid also the touristy complex around the aquarium by the sea.

I won’t write about Gaudi, despite I love his architecture very much, especially the Guell Park,

casa Battlo and Pedrera. I prefer to give you tips off the tracks, all the guides and books provided in hotels are very good for the classic :

– Gaudi tour

– Miro Foundation

– Picasso Museum…

well this is where there is all the crowd ! But there is so many interesting and quiet places for connoisseurs !

If you like contemporary art, please, visit the beautiful old bookstore transformed into private foundation devoted to famous spanish abstract painter Tapies. Amazing space that emphasizes the great scales.

A very moving documentary about him displayed in a room underground. Very good hanging showing his evolution from figurative art  to abstract non conventional  painting, challenging always academism even abstract ones .

A private foundation not far from it : Sunol, a collector of contemporay art who selects works from his own collection for temporary exhibition. Located on paseig de Gracia,80;  not far from Tapiès foundation. Great spaces too.

We discovered by chance another foundation  : Centre de arts Santa Monica (La Rambla, 7) with a very good exhibition by Pat Andrea, dutch figurativ artist. The subject : Alice in wonderland with great in  situ drawings. That center is also devoted to molecular food  !

Don’ t miss temporary exhibitions in Miro foundation : we saw the swiss punk sylph Pipilotti Rist with video that get you high, lying on lazy cushions displayed in the rooms.

And a kind of project room showing the work of a young sweden iran born artist :  Sirous Namazi.

Amazing black monochrom photographs at first glance that reveals slowly outlines of interior architecture.

+ Don’t miss the excellent MACBA, built by Richard Meier.

If you need classic , old masters , visit Palau Nacional, they rehung rcently their collections. Famous roman and gothic catalan masters, who influenced so much Picasso and Miro are waiting for you. The museum is empty, so peacefull and pleasant to visit !

Then what a surprise to see Zurbaran  and Greco !

The rooms devoted to Modernism are very nice too; without speaking of the ones devoted to Gargallo, Gonzales and Picasso. You’ll enjoy it I’m sure.

Then if you want to come back to minimalism, breath it in Mies van der Rohe pavillion. Definitly, less is more !