Anne and Patrick Poirier have a “sacred” project in Reims!

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The chapel of Palais du Tau will be restored with stained glass windows by Anne and Patrick Poirier

As we discovered with the Cité du Vitrail in Troyes (which many of you have commented on), stained glass windows are definitely attractive for contemporary artists and the new project developed between Centre des Monuments nationaux and Anne and Patrick Poirier is worth getting involved with. There was an intimate and friendly presentation of their project for the Musée des Sacres at Palais du Tau, in Reims, where  they will present their thirteen 8m x 2m stained glass windows and a fabulous Carrara white marble altar, which looks like it is draped with a tablecloth. The colors for the glass were inspired by the tapestries of the Palais (now called Musée des Sacres) and stones ornamenting the chalices. The shapes are taken after the pleats of the sculptures of saints on the façade of the cathedral. The couple who is 82, looked incredibly young in their similar black pantsuits. And collector Patrice de Laage, who was hosting the get-together, was beaming with joy among his sculptures and paintings.Read More

In Switzerland you can ski and… see great museums

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Albert Anker, Mädchen mit zwei Katzen, 1888, Sammlung Dr. Christoph Blocher, SIK-ISEA, Zurich at Fondation Gianadda until June 30

With February, skiing season has arrived and if you go to Crans-sur-Sierre or to Verbier, make sure to stop in Martigny at Fondation Pierre Gianadda where the last exhibition conceived by Léonard Gianadda (1925-2023), its founder, opened on February 1. It is devoted to “Albert Anker and childhood”. The Swiss painter has described daily life in the countryside and scenes of French immigrants in a delightful way and gives us an idyllic vision of Helvetic society in the late XIXth century. Raised in Neuchâtel and later in Bern, he studied at the Beaux Arts in Paris and worked towards the creation of Musée des Beaux Arts in Bern. The themes developed in the show are of, school in the open, grape harvest, a young girl playing with dominos, the snow bear, old men playing with children, hospitality offered to soldiers coming back from the war, and young musicians. The curator is art historian Matthias Frehner who wrote the catalog and the exhibition was presented with great emotion by Leonard Gianadda’s son.Read More

Happy Valentine, in many artistic ways…

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Here is my Valentine

Valentine is on a Wednesday this year and it might not be so easy for you to go to Chantilly but a special 45 mn visit is organized with a private tour of the “Romantic” works of Musée Condé at 6 pm (45 € per couple). You can have dinner afterwards at the Capitainerie  for 70 € per guest. A nice initiative to bring “the young and in love” to museums! Many museums in Paris also organize special evenings, like a walk through the orchids” green houses of Museum National d’histoire naturelle,  or a glass of champagne at the Aquarium Tropical at Palais de la Porte Dorée which will be open by reservation only,  from 6.30 to 9.15 pm, just check the nearest to you. Read More

Stéphane Erouane Dumas is striking at Galerie Pierre Alain Challier

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The Large Lake, II, 2022,

Five years ago already, Stéphane Erouane Dumas stunned us with his linear birches and rocks. In 2021, he showed new sculptures and more psychic forms. Today, he is opening a new show at Pierre Alain Challier’s pretty gallery on rue Debelleyme with a mix of birches, lakes, forests, colorful lichens, bronze sculptures, and even jewelry modeled on nature. The canvases are quite enchanting with a variation on icy winter scenes and autumn effervescence. Blue lichens become abstract and yet retain their magic. Yellow lichens bring us gold while birches parade in a true ballet of tree trunks. I particularly liked his new smaller “Cliff and vegetation” where the stone-like pieces carry traces of bright red and green and are shaped like sculptures.Read More

Etienne Dinet at IMA, an orientalist who advocates Islam…

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“Portrait of a young girl, dreaming”, 1905, private collection

Musée d’Orsay, Musée Fabre in Montpellier, Musée de Reims, Galerie Ary Jan… all lent their paintings  for the retrospective of Etienne Dinet, born in Paris in 1861, who died in Paris in 1929, just after going on pilgrimage to Mecca. The Franco Lebanese curator Mario Choueiry, had wanted to do this show for ten years but it was feared that the Orientalist theme might encounter oppositions at IMA (Institut du Monde Arabe), which is largely supported by North African countries. In Algeria, Dinet is a national hero and was sacred “Master o Algerian painting” in the 1970’s. The museum in Bou Saâda created in his house, keeps many of his paintings, including some nudes which are in a locked room. Read More

Galerie Pixi is the new salon for Marc Boisseuil’s collages

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The collages (or embroideries) are made of paper, fabric and paint assembled in an extraordinary patchwork

Galerie Pixi run by Marie Victoire Poliakoff, was the nicest stage, last Thursday night, for the opening of Marc Boisseuil‘s new exhibition of collages “Des Siècles en lambeaux” (until March 3).  The turn out of old friends and collectors was brilliant with Gustave de Staël and his wife  Elena Prentice, both artists, couture designer Adeline André, and Georg Lux creative director of Leonard. The conversation was fun around the success of the blockbuster Nicolas de Staël‘s retrospective at MAM, which is traveling to Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne on February 9, and soon hopefully to New York. Curated largely by his son, it attracted the crowds all winter. The artist Sarah Floch Poliakoff  (daughter of Marie Victoire and artist Floch) was also there, attending to everyone’s needs. At the moment she has a monumental work on boulevard Haussmann covering the façade of beauty shop Aroma Zone and is preparing an exhibition for Galerie Clavé.Read More

Swinging London, a museum tour… with Chanel, Philip Guston and Holbein

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The Chanel show is spectacularly designed at the V & A

Landing in London and being immediately spirited away to the Victoria & Albert Museum Chanel exhibition was quite fun. Virginia Fraser, mother of model and L.A. gallerist Honor Fraser, and a writer for House and Garden, has a sharp eye. She spotted all the brilliant details of the vey early (1928) and exciting dresses or ensembles sold by the couturier to all her chic English friends, whom she met through Boy Capel, her lover of ten years, and inspirer of her tweed jackets. And this is what I liked most in this show, curated in partnership with Palais Galliera and the Patrimoine de Chanel. With over 100 new objects not shown in Paris, including many jewels, the exhibition focuses on foreign clients’ orders and I discovered dresses I had never seen even in photographs. The large rooms of the V&A were definitely more gracious than in Paris.Read More

In Lyon, Ruins are too contemporary

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Frédéric Godmer, Palmyre, Syria, 18 October 1921, autochrome from Les Archives de la Planète, conceived by Albert Kahn, Musée Albert Kahn

Enough friends had told me about this exhibition of “Formes de La Ruine” at Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon, that I booked a return ticket by train (2 hrs) to see it. And I must say I was a bit disappointed. I expected to find incredible, unknown ruins (I knew the Hubert Robert paintings would be fantastic and they are), and I was mostly confronted with contemporary photographs and statues from Polynesia, the Philippines or New Guinea lent by Musée du Quai Branly.  A few artists stand out like Anne and Patrick Poirier who have worked all their life on ruins, and the Swiss Florence Henri who photographed Ancient Greece in 1933. A lithograph of Henry Moore “Cyclops” was lent by BnF and Piranesi‘s prints are mind-blowing. Towards the end of the show, Khaled Dawwa‘s model of the ruins in Syria is fascinating but I had already been seen it in Paris, at Cité des Arts, and Pascal Convert‘s famous pictures of Bamiyan in Afghanistan are also superb but were shown at Musée Guimet in much better conditions. Read More