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Peterhof, Saint-Petersburg

Posted in monuments, museums, Saint-Petersburg, travels on August 10, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Amazing gardens opening to the sea, the Finland Bay. Peter 1st wanted to do better than the famous Sun King himself ! Fabulous fontains too.

But our favorite place, definitly,  was the smaller residence “Mon Plaisir” and the Pavillion of the baths.

Perhaps one day we’ll talk about “Russian Baroque”…

well, maybe you noticed I had an italian name :  “Muraro”, that’s why baroque can be only italian for me, 😉 and then versions were made from it…here is a very short  shorcut of art history  !!

I ‘m sure you must think the french  always think  they are superior ! well, french classicism vs baroque was my  daily food when I studied art history ! and I’m so used to the grandeur of Versailles, a very conceptual castle indeed, more than just a setting or a stage- I will explain you if you come with me there !

But Peterhof absolutly deserves a whole day to explore russian baroque and these fabulous gardens.

we had a wonderful and lovely guide : Svetlana, thank you so much Svetlana for the good times spent together that day and our lunch facing the sea !

Museums in Saint-Petersburg

Posted in museums, Saint-Petersburg, travels on August 4, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

1) out of category for sure : the Hermitage !! oh my god, I’m used to say when I give a tour at the Louvre that the 3 biggest museums in the world are the Louvre, the Hermitage and the Met in NY,now Ican tell I was there  and I’ve visited the 3 ones !!

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So overwhelming of course, the best, as usual is to make a selection of what you like , that’s why we focused on paintings but we had a private guide, Elena, excellent and brilliant scholar graduate in history (who is coming soon to settle down in Paris and I’m sure we are going to hear about her in art circles very soon), so we did the gold of the Scythian (Nomadic people 7th BC), amazing department (you can do it only with a guide from the hermitage). It looks like art deco style sometimes, so modern, a great sense of stylisation and naturalism in the mean time, perfect plastic acheviement.

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if you love  Rubens and Rembrandt, buy immediatly  a ticket airplane, don’t wait no more and go ! No words fair enough to describe the deep humanity from the “Return of prodigal son” by Rembrandt, a lesson about the meaning “forgiveness”.

my favorite paintings :  Giorgione ‘s Judith and Picasso’s Three woman. The department of modern art is very impresive, as in Moscow Pouchkine museum, many of these treasures are coming from Chtoukine and Morosov collections.

2) the Russian Museum for 19th century art and turn of the century with the symbolist Vroubel + the biggest Malevitch collection… when it’s visible, such a frustration for me :  these rooms were  closed when we were there…well, good thing : it means I have to come back !

Museums in Moscow

Posted in art and culture, Moscow, museums, travels on August 1, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I’ve already told about the Kremlin museum, really worth seeing with amazing treasures, including diamonds, precious ceremonial clothes, icones,  silver objetcs offered as diplomatic gifts to russian court…

I think my favorite museum is Pouchkine museum for Degas and his mesmerizing blue dancers , Matisses (the goldfishes-the big pink workshop…), Picassos, Gauguins, a beautiful japonizing Redon…many of these modern masterpieces are coming from Morozov and Chtoukine  private collections.

But don’t forget Tretiakov gallerry for Roublev’s icones, and its excellent 19th russian painters like Serov (their Manet) and the symbolist Vroubel (picture below, the Swan Princess). There is another Tretiakov gallery for 20th century in vintage communist times style building (we could say an architectural statement today, nevertheless pefect for modern art exhibition !), with abstract artist like my favorite : Malevitch and his famous black square.

We were lucky also to se a temporary exhibition in the Moscow  Museum  of Modern Art devoted to Alexandra Exter, cubo-futurist artist who worked ballet decors and costumes, as for theatre and even movie.