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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.

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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  ?

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 !!