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Posted in art and culture, Paris on November 18, 2015 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

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Da End Gallery presents the Cabinet of Curiosities, until april 25th.

Posted in Art, art gallery, contemporary art, Paris on March 10, 2015 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

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Tired of white cube style gallery ? Looking for mystery, sensuality and new territories to explore ?…

Well, Da End gallery with its Cabinet of Curiosities is for you ! A gallery with a soul-created by japonese gifted photographer Satoshi Saikusa and his exquisite wife Diem Quynh- dark as dandy secret room, with little hooks and cranny,  filled with sculptures, paintings, drawings, installations,  a universal story about the cycle of life on Earth is unveiled. Growths, mutations, alterations: all the successive evolutions due to the natural course of things, but also to the action of man, are depicted both in a literal or allegorical way.

The display and gathering is echoing these famous Cabinet of Marvels, also called Kunst Kamer, created by intellectual and artists in Europe,  from 16th century to 18th century, when people started to discover new worlds and expected to find mermaids, griffons, unicorns…Using a system of classifications, from Naturalia-beauty from nature-to Artificiala-artefacts- including Mirabilia -exceptional pieces like Ostrich eggs or tortoise shell-and scientifica – instrument of world knowledge-they wanted to recreate at home the splendors of the world concentrated in a small space, propitious to meditation on life and creation and stimulating imagination.

What a pleasure to discover Da-End cabinet of curiosities : you’re immerged into the deepest mysteries and beauties of life and death…ringing skulls, flowers fading away as beautiful as alive, butterflies wings playing with light, a nativity transformed into a vanity…the list is not exhaustive , you have to visit it and better :  to experience it  !

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Da End gallery- 17 rue Guenegaud- 75006 Paris

http://www.da-end.com

(All pictures in this post : courtesy gallery Da End©)

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

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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’ 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

“give 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 Hôtel Biron, which will be the Musée Rodin, reserving the right to reside there all my life.”

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’t miss a tour in the lovely french style garden where imposing bronzes are displayed all around like the mythic « Doors of Hell » or the « Bourgeois from Calais ».

Temporary exhibition are also organized.

Mapplethorpe-Rodin until sept 21st

 

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… 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…

 

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

 

Catherine d’Espiney’ s enchanting jewels : a love story between Brazil and France…

Posted in Art, luxury, Paris on March 25, 2013 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

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I’ve met recently a princess of an enchanted world hidden not far from famous Avenue Montaigne. A  woman of great taste who studied Art History at prestigious Ecole du Louvre (like me) and artist herself : Catherine d’Espiney. Since her childhood she developped a passion for odd objects, “curiositas”, and jewellery, especially russian ones (surely her russian roots from her mother). Then she settled down in Brazil, studied gemology, collected brazilian precious stones and had the splendid idea to create unique jewel pieces,  echoing the french tradition, using only brazilian stones and realized thanks to the amazing skill of  local craftmen. All hand made only, all unique, like Haute Couture items , they like look powerful charms, magnifiying the woman who is wearing them.

Not for a shy lady for sure ! “I don’t like small things” she says !

These exceptional and exclusive pieces of jewellery with personality tell the admirer stories, like an artwork, and sparkle many coloured universes , they are so Deluxe&Arty !

I invite you to visit her website to see more !  http://www.magic.art.br/cathdespiney/entree.php?id=en

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 !

 

Newly opened : La Dame de Pic Restaurant. “Atout charme” (advantage heart) for sure ! coming soon…

Posted in Art, luxury, Paris, restaurants on November 6, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

The experience starts before you get in, with the window from rue du Louvre where you can see the team working for your pleasure, mixing flavours and colours to shape a very esthetic and delicious menu ! Then inside the place is decorated with taste and refinement. Soft colours, amazing baccarat glasses glowing like diamonds on the table; works of art on the wall representing large flowers motifs cut into leather-like texture. Welcome on board, La Dame de Pic and her crew is proud to take you for an extraordianry culinary trip based on scents and season specialties. The service was friendly and attentive thanks to charming  Pauline.

I’ve choosen the menu “Amber and Vanilla” and I loooved it !

    

No,  it’s not a dessert, this is the entrance !  I started with beetroots infused with coffee and cabbages in soft vanille sauce.

      

Edwart choose the “plat du jour” : a blanquette de veau  revisited and perfectly cooked.

I had the pig from Bigorre (frpm Pyrenees) infused in figs and displayed with figs. What a delight, the best I’ve ever had !

I finished with little jewels : mini babas vanilla-ginger. Exquisite !

La Dame de Pic is definitly a very ParisDeluxe&Arty restaurant, thanks to great talent of the young chef Anne-Sophie Pic , 43 years old only ! She had been rewarded “Best chef of the year”in  2007,  the first time in Michelin guide history for a woman !

She has a fabulous restaurant in Valence (3 stars in Michelin guide) where she started.  Actually she took her father place after he died, surprising everybody . Passion,  determination and creativity  are her best recipe.

Then she established also in famous palace hotel “Hotel Beau Rivage” in Lausanne (2 stars Michelin guide) and now she’ s in Paris at least, for our great joy !

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

work on paper with traces of taxidermy’s substances