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My top 3 exhibitions to see in Paris this spring 2017.

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, Lifestyle curator, museums, Paris, private guide in Paris, trips on May 7, 2017 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

If you’re coming to Paris in may or june, don’t miss these shows :

  1. Rodin, the exhibition of the centenary at Grand-Palais :

The french master of sculpture died in 1917, one hundred year ago exactly, and this show curated by the actual director of Rodin Museum -Catherine Chevillot- and the former one- Antoinette Lenormand-Romain- ( they were both my teachers at Ecole du Louvre)  demonstrate in a masterful way why and how Rodin was a forunner, a visionary, a tireless inventor who influenced generations of artists, from his time to today.

This exhibition which is not a classic retrospective will take you deep into the creative process of the artist who became himself a monument of french sculpture.  The best tribute the curators can offer to Rodin to commemorate his true genius indeed and therefore a must see exhibition if you’re in Paris soon  !

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Superior part of the Doors of Hell with The thinker in the lintel.

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Brancusi under the influence of Rodin with The sleep -1908

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Anthony Gormley ‘s man standing.

2. Olga Picasso in Picasso museum

A very moving hommage to the first -official -wife of Picasso. They met in 1917 while the spanish painter was working with Les ballets Russes in Rome for the show “Parade”. She was a professional russian dancer , she was classy and beautiful, they fell in love in the eternal city and got married in Paris in 1918. She became his favorite model , depicted alone, reading, often thoughtful , or with their new born, Paul , showing lovely intimate moments of motherhood.

Unfortunately these quiet and happy times of domestic life won’t last …Olga was suffering in silence.  First she felt powerless away from her family  who endured the terrible repression  from the october revolution in Russia -while she had an exciting worldly life in Paris-then she stopped dancing-the passion of her life- because of an injure and her pregnancy, and finally, the relationship with her husband crumbled, as the crual female portraits made by Picasso in the mid-20’s show it.

It was high time to devote an entire exhibition to Olga, who was actually almost unknown by the public at large . To answer to this exceptional event, the family lent not only paintings but also precious archives ( letters- photographs – documents), some of them exhibited for the first time,  that shed a new light on Picasso’s works and life and reveals the odd and unique destiny of a russian woman in the early 20th century.

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Olga with a mantilla – Barcelone 1917

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Seven dancers with Olga on foreground- 1917

3. Gardens in Grand-Palais

Since the antiquity artists have always been inspired by nature and celebrated it through fine arts or decorative arts and even high end jewelry. Paintings, sculptures, artifacts, later photography, video, installation, created by the most outstanding artist of each great artistic period  bear witness of it. This is exactly what this exhibition curated by talented director of Picasso  museum , Laurent Le Bon, demonstrates with a selection of artworks from the Renaissance to today.  You are invited to an exquisite promenade in company of Dürer, Klimt, Matisse, Fragonard, Monet , Cézanne, Cartier, Mellerio, to name but a few. This is a fabulous feel-good exhibition that will make you want to cultivate your own-real- garden !

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John Constable- Cloud Study – circa 1821 ( New Haven,Yale center for Bristish Art)

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Albrecht Dürer- Columbine- circa 1490 ? ( Albertina- Vienna)

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Cartier- pair of diamond brooch Fern 1903

September is coming, let’s head South : to Cannes !

Posted in Cannes, hotels and restaurants, places, restaurants, travels, trips on August 29, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

While one of the main event of the year in Paris, known as La rentrée (term originally used for back to school then back to work for anyone who had a summer break) is sticking its nose and will occupy conversations, medias, people…during at least 2 weeks, it could be the best moment to head south for few days, in the direction of french Riviera, don’t you think  ? 😉 Such an exquisite way to extend summer !

I would suggest then Cannes, a very easy destination, by plane ( from Paris to Nice 1.20 h then take a taxi, around 30 min ) or even TGV (5 hours). Moreover the prices are less expensive now and it will be less crowded. Without speaking of the weather, less hot than Paris right now, can you believe it ? !

We were  there last week for – lazy-holidays and it was marvelous to enjoy the riviera lifestyle with simple pleasures,  like the market on sunday :

For the best delicious spices and olives, don’t miss the coolest booth  :  Le Jardin du soleilIMG_9642.jpg

Everywhere on this market you can find cute and tasty tomatoes, easy to eat in the street like these colourful ones :

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You can have also fresh flowers of zucca fritters , just next to the market, prepared on request ! What a treat 😉

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There are 3 rooftops only overlooking the famous promenade called Croisette, and my favorites are 3.14 and J.W Marriott. 

Here is first the view from 3.14 ( the tapas were delicious) . They were magical places for the sunset as you can see.

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I was dreaming about a perfect grilled fish on the beach and had it at La Plage, the beach restaurant of Gray d’Albion (Barriere Group so perfect service, perfect food). Look at these fabulous sea basses :

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We loved the spot so much we even came back few days after for the breakfast, how nice to start the day like this !

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When you stay in Cannes, there is an institution you have to visit by night : Le Vesuvio, THE italian restaurant, there is always an awesome atmosphere ! I introduce you its great pizzaiolo standing in front of the owen  :

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This time it was not a cultural trip, we just wanted to enjoy the sea, the sun, the dolce vita, and simple walks in the street, just looking around at the typical architecture and enjoy the riviera light ! 😉

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If you want to see more pics about Cannes, please visit my Insta : parisdeluxearty 

See you soon to talk about the best of contemporary art exhibitions in pariasian galleries…

 

 

A lovely fast getaway when stuck in Paris in august ? Versailles !

Posted in Art, art and culture, hotel, hotels and restaurants, monuments, museums, private guide in Paris, restaurants, trips, Versailles on August 17, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Tired to see all the trendiest bistrots and boutiques- without speaking of yummy bakeries and small groceries- closed until the end of the month, and too hot in town to enjoy  Tuileries or Luxembourg garden ? Then it’s the perfect timing to go green ! The ideal summer retreat 20 minutes far from Paris is … Versailles !  Did you know it Well,  Trianon Palace hotel is so sure about this  that they propose during summer a free shuttle service from the Arch of Triumph to the Hotel in Versailles, located just next to the legendary park.

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The hotel has also his own pleasant garden with nice terrasses, a great swimming pool and the restaurant is run by Gordon Ramsay (the gastronomic restaurant is closed for holidays now but delicious Veranda restaurant is open). All of these give you excellent reasons to take 3 days off for    visiting, at your own rythm, the castle, the gardens, the estate of Marie-Antoinette like we did last week and to relax in fabulous surroundings 😉

 

I loved our room (number 126) with nice views on the greenery, even on the bathroom !

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I would suggest to arrive on friday  and start with a walk in the Domaine (real estate) of Marie-Antoinette including first Petit Trianon, commissioned originally by Louis XIV  for his famous mistress Madame de Pompadour,  built in neoclassical style by the architect Gabriel and achieved in 1768. Then you can reach from there my favorite part of Versailles gardens : the Hamlet of Marie-Antoinette commissioned in 1783.  It looks like a small french village from Normandy with rustic style country houses for the queen and her personal selected guests. It’s a little bit Marie- Antoinette Simple Life mood but soooo picturesque !

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There is also a lake with swans and carp fishes, and a small tower of observation called Malborough tower from a popular song at this time. The perfect postcard as you can see below !

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You can walk after to the farm and see the rabbits, peacocks, chickens, goats, aries and pigs , without forgetting the cute donkeys :

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Then you can go back to the hotel and enjoy sunbathing by the pool 🙂

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I would suggest a romantic diner on the Veranda terrasse in the evening to admire the sun set and they have a fabulous diet menu with these exquisite pasta as main course :

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On saturday you can visit early in the morning the castle.  Don’t miss Olafur Eliasson’s fantastic and dazzling installations :

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At 11 am rush in the gardens to admire the magical spectacle of Great Waters (Grandes Eaux). Versailles gardens with fountains working and baroque music in the background  is a unique experience in summer, just memorable !

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I do recommend to hire golf cars to explore the bushes and coppices, full of surprises and visual delights,  you will enjoy then totally  the pure beauty of the french style gardens, created by Le Nôtre,  THE garden designer  of the famous sunking,  Louis XIV.

After a light  lunch by the Grand Canal a boat ride can be fun, or hire bicycle if you want to go to Grand Trianon, located just next to Petit Trianon visited the first day.

Check before you go to Versailles, if  there is any night spectacle on saturday evening  and book if so ! You’ll have sparkles in your eyes, like a  kid,  for the final with the fireworks around midnight next to Grand Canal 😉

On sunday you can take advantage of the hotel pool and relax in the spa or go back to the park to see some spots you didn’t have time to explore the days before !  You can even book a driver to go to Giverny and visit Monet house, 1 hour far from Versailles 😉

We can also go to Versailles together, just for the day (and no waiting line there with    me !) I will give you a private tour of the castle and gardens 😉 Send me a request by mail to know my fees (amuraro@sfr.fr) if you’re interested.

I invite you now to visit my Instagram account (parisdeluxearty) to see more images of Versailles if you wish  !

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 😉

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 Musée 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 😉 and I already want to come back in this very Deluxe&Arty place !

 

What to see in Paris this spring/summer, my top list :

Posted in Art, art and culture, contemporary art, museums, news, Paris, private guide in Paris, trips on April 12, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty
  1. Paul Klee at Pompidou Center until august 1st  : A genius ! It’s the easiest way to sum up this unclassifiable artist, creator of 10 000 artworks !  He never belonged blindly to a mouvement, and always called into question the greatest modernist trends,   from cubism, dadaism, surrealism, constructivism and abstraction, through the lens of irony, the best way to remain himself. His great sens of composition and his fabulous  taste for colours, textures and materials made him an outstanding artist in the art history of XX th century. Run to see this exhibition where 60 % of the works displayed are shown for the first time in France ! I could speak during hours about this show that is so unique and will make you feel good after visiting it, despite a political context at the end of his life which was tragic.
  2. Picasso-sculptures  in Picasso museum until august 28th : another genius, at ease in many artistic disciplines, including sculpture ! The great idea of this exhibition is to show the total mastery of this medium by the spanish master, from the very beginning to the end in the 70 ‘s, from tiny to monumental, from naturalistic to almost abstract, from wood to stone and metal… Don’t come to find paintings- actually you have just one floor in the museum devoted to this medium-  but that’s gigantic and really worth seeing ! Without forgetting the exhibition of amazing ceramic works, paintings and works on paper  from 1990 to today by famous spanish artist Miquel Barcelo, until september 30th.
  3. Douanier Rousseau in Orsay museum  until july 17th : yes painting is like poetry sometimes and we have a good example with this wonderful exhibition that you cross like a dream. It’s also a clever and new approach with parallel drawn with many art references.
  4. Guillaume Apollinaire, the gaze of a poet, in Orangerie Museum  until july 18th : the famous french poet who was the friend of avant-garde-artist like Picasso and lover of Marie Laurencin, was also an important art critic and theorist. He defended cubism, forged the label  “Orphism” for Delaunay ‘s colorful art,  wrote probably himself the manifesto of futurism, and introduced Paul Guillaume in parisian artistic circles, just to quote few artistic achievements on his short-but prolific-career ! If you like and want to explore the relationships between art and poetry at the beginning of the XXth century , this exhibition is definitely for you.
  5. Between sculpture and photography, at Rodin museum july 17th : with works by John Chamberlain (1927-2011), Cy Twombly (1928-2011), Dieter Appelt (born 1935), Markus Raetz (born 1941), Mac Adams (born 1943), Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978), Richard Long (born 1945), Giuseppe Penone (born 1947). These artists have in common the use of both medium : photography  and sculpture in their practice, but the approach and results are all different. An interesting angle of view to discover in this pleasant exhibition.

You can also visit my Insta for more images : parisdeluxarty

Magical Rome !

Posted in art and culture, hotels and restaurants, luxury, museums, Rome, trips on October 1, 2014 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Buongiorno a tutti !
We just come back from an enchanting 10 days trip to Roma, the Eternal City and I would like to share with you our wonderfull experience.
Rome can be an overwhelming city and I could write many lyrical pages about but I choose today the practical way to introduce the city with a top 3/4/5 list for hotels, restaurant, museums, places.
A kind of speed dating with bellissima Roma 😉
First, I would like to reassure you : according to me the top Luxury way of visiting the city of 400 churches and 300 fountains, is to wander hours and hours with no goals, to stop in cafés on lovely piazza and enjoy Dolce vita. Don’t feel guilty if you don’ t visit ALL the monuments from Roman Times and ALL the churches listed in guides books , what is incredible in Rome is that even seen from outside during your walk everything is splendid, gorgeous and amazing : la Grande Bellezza everywhere !
By the way I do recommend to see the eponymous movie ( La Grande Bellezza by Paolo Sorrentino before your trip).

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( Sunset et Villa Medici- French Academy in Rome)

Lets’s start with hotels, here is my top 3 list :
1) Aldrovandi hotel Villa Borghese
If you ‘re travelling in hot season and are looking for a nice pool in a relaxing garden, the place is for you !
This 5 star Luxury retreat is just next to Borghese garden and the Museum of Modern Art, away from the hustle and bustle of roman center.
Ask for Pauline Charles, deputy manager if you need anything there, she’s very professional and charming and will do everything to make your stay memorable.
The buffet by the pool is exquisite, with the best italian seasonal products , all prepared by the team of 2 star Michelin guide chef at home Oliver Glowig. Instill remember the fabulous black truffled peccorino !!
I LOVED also the Spa, very relaxing and the fitness room is great.
My tip : if you don’t stay at the hotel you can nevertheless come and use the pool ( not in high season of course). Please call the hotel before for availability and fees.
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2) Hotel de Russie
Sometimes people know just 1 hotel name in Rome and this is it !
Located just next to Santa Maria deĺ Popolo piazza and close to Piazza di Spagna, the Rocco Forte gem is still a great choice with excellent service and refined atmosphere. A perfect balance between tradition and modernity.
I love their garden with the outdoor restaurant, so refreshing to come on sunday for brunches. All the waiters are very friendly and very professional.
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3) JK Place
If you like Design and contemporary art in a top Luxury and trendy atmosphere and want to stay in the center, don’t look further more and book here immediatly ! As you may know I’ m an art historian and collector and that ‘s the first time I was really impressed by the decor and amenities. I’m a fan ! more over the selection of art works is just perfect.
The service is so charming and very attentive !
I’m looking forward to discovering next year the roof top terrace.
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Top 5 restaurants :
1) a gastronomic experience with 2 starred chef Oliver Glowig at Aldrovandi Villa Borghese.
The chef is german but great expert in italian products with a high Technical level ! a real work of art in your plate and a delight for your palate.
His reference is french chef Pierre Gagnaire and we can say he’s reaching the Master.
My tip : at the end of the meal, if you can’t take any more , don’t be shy to ask for a box for your macarons and chocolates ! I can tell you you’ll be happy the day after !
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2) In institution : Pierluigi , especially for fishes.Great choice ! Actually you choose yourself the one you want , on display inside.Elena, the hostess is adorable and very efficient. You need to book as this  is a must in Rome ! When we had dinner there, Alex Baldwin was also in the place. Many beautiful people from fashion, media business, mixed with local big wheels … In summer, having the diner outside is a lovely experience, the facade around are so theatrical !
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3) Trendy and (very) young : Bar del Fico . OutsideAmazing cool crowd  for a drink by night ! Inside : funky salvage decor , open kitchen, delicious pasta with truffles ! Parisian will understand :  it’s a kind of Oberkampf style. Don’t mind their website with this impossible video of a woman running naked over the table …still try to understand myself !

4) Casual, unformal, kind of old school, but delicious : Corallo. The best scaloppine with truffles ! My friends love also the pizzas very much.

5) A fooding experience in Trastevere in the new Sotto-Sopra ( via di Ponte Sisto 67). Very friendly welcome and service. Original and italian in the same time, very tasty and creative. Nice contemporary design, not cold at all, food-manufacture style.
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Bonus : it looks like a tourist trap but not at all ! Try absolutely  the Tartufo at the Tre Scalini on Piazza Novanona , it’s a real chocolate  bomb !! Just WAOW !
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Top 3 museums : 

I know there are many more worthy to visit, but if you had only time for 3 museums here is the ones I would recommend :

1) The Vatican Museum for its amazing and gorgeous collection of Antiques first, a great source of inspiration for Art since they were exhibited, second reason to be mixed with the huge touristy crowd  :   Michel Angelo’s sistine chapel ceiling ! No need to add more ! You absolutely need to book online to avoid endless queue. And better to visit St Peter later  in the afternoon. More than a tour it’s an experience to be inside.
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2) Borghese Gallery for the lovely, exquisite and splendid Berninis ! My favorite is Apollo and Daphne . For paintings : the Caravaggios of course are a must see ( the Boy with fruit basket – the Madonna of the groom…)
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3) The Museum of Modern Art : located  near the famous Borghese gardens, a rich collection of modern masters you wouldn’t expect to see in Rome. Actually the biggest collection in Italy of Modern Art, but it looks like few people know it only. A kind of best kept secret 😉 With gems like Kandinsky, Albers, Klimt, de Nittis, italian futurist, Manzoni (see pic), Fontana, Cruz-Diez…
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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  ?

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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 !!