Louise Pressager puts Malakoff on the artistic map

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Louise Pressager on opening night at Maison des Arts, Centre d’art contemporain de Malakoff

I could not have been been happier than to celebrate this week, the fifth anniversary of Parisdiarybylaure with the same artist, Louise Pressager, who inaugurated the blog on January 21 2015. It is a beautiful coïncidence that her new show at Maison des Arts de Malakoff, opened last Tuesday (until April 5). And this time the size is at the height of her talent: “Vous êtes l’heure je suis le lieu” (you are the time I am the place), includes seven videos, many drawings and frescos, and songs that she wrote and performs with music by Ferdinand Bayard.Read More

Cité de l’architecture explodes with drawings

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Francesco Pannini, Casino and garden of Villa Doria Pamphili in Rome ca 1775, watercolor, ©The Albertina museum

I was attracted to Palais de Chaillot by the Otto Wagner exhibition about the famous Vienese architect and as a bonus I found the exquisite show of architectural drawings from the Albertina museum in Vienna. So there is definitely a double attraction at Cité de l’architecture at the moment and you can end your visit with the small space devoted to the reconstruction of Notre Dame on the ground floor or even indulge at La Girafe the luxurious restaurant on the ground floor.Read More

Anna Politkovskaya remembered at Le 104

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The decor of the play is inspired by this photo by Stanley Greene

Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006) became famous for her reporting on the Chechnyan war and she died for it. As a Russian journalist, she was constantly intimidated and threatened by the regime, arrested on suspicion of spying, and was finally assassinated in the elevator of her building. A beautiful text, “Donna non rieducabile memorandum teatrale” was written in 2007 by Italian playwright Stefano Massini. It is now translated into French and the play was produced with music at Le 104, a cultural center in the 19 th arrondissement of Paris. The director of the play, Thomas Bellorini is the twin of well known director Jean Bellorini, who after running Théâtre Gérard Philippe in Saint Denis, is now the director of the TNP Villeurbanne in Lyon where Chéreau, Planchon and Lavaudant set their marks.Read More

Paulin, Paulin, Paulin at Sotheby’s

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Alice et Benjamin Paulin in Bordeaux with Pierre Paulin furniture ©Marco Cappelletti

There is an exhibition which will only last a week at Sotheby’s Paris, from 31 January to February 6, which you should absolutely see and very exceptionally, I am telling you about it before it actually opens: “Paulin, Paulin, Paulin”, is devoted to designer Pierre Paulin‘s work.  His furniture, edited since he died in 2009, by his widow Maïa and by Benjamin his son is being produced again. With his wife Alice, who was raised in the famous Rem Koolhaas house in Bordeaux, this unique couple creates new worlds with Paulin’s designs. The auction house has chosen to exhibit the furniture produced for the Elysée Palace under the Pompidou and many other pieces, some of which were at Beaubourg three years ago.Read More

Celebrate Valentine with Barbara Hepworth at Musée Rodin!

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Pelagos, 1946,  (sea in Greek) ©Bowness, ©Tate

If you have once been to St Ives in Cornwall, you know how important sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) is for 20 th century art history. Her Trewyn studio is ideally located by the Tate gallery near the beach of this dreamlike fishing village and she spent much of her life living there, with husband painter Ben Nicholson with whom she had triplets.  She is the object of a small but pretty retrospective at Musée Rodin, which organizes a Valentine evening on February 14. Now is the time to book because last year some of you were too late and missed the event.Read More

Wandering in the Marais on a sunny afternoon

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James Casebere at Templon, rue Beaubourg

Once a month, I try to walk around the Marais to keep in touch with the contemporary art scene and discover new little shops and now that the strikes seem to be over, it might even be easier. Visiting Daniel Templon‘s two exhibitions on rue Beaubourg and rue du Grenier Saint Lazare was extremely cheerful. And so was the marvelous vision of Dan Flavin’s neons at David Zwirner‘s new space on rue Vieille du Temple.
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Marie Antoinette at the Conciergerie, last chance…

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Alexandre Kucharski, Marie Antoinette, 1793, Musée National de Versailles

There is something positive about the transports strike in Paris, everyone is out walking and the streets are it is incredibly lively and fun to watch. I recently went to see the Marie Antoinette exhibition at the Conciergerie “Metamorphoses of an image” (until January 26), and walked on to have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants Le Hangar, across the Seine on rue Beaubourg. You get a chance to watch the works on Notre Dame on the way and taste their delicious pumpkin ravioles and fresh sardines. Read More

Carlos Ghosn, the new James Bond of 2020

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Carlos Ghosn’s house in Beyrouth, photo Claire Shea

When I woke up on December 31, feeling slightly dizzy at the thought of celebrating New Years that evening, I read an alert from the New York Times which announced that Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi who was arrested in Tokyo on November 2018, had fled Japan (maybe hidden in a trunk) and landed in Beyrouth via Istanbul on a private jet. This cheered me up immensely and I felt that James Bond was still alive!Read More