Gigi is very pretty and almost very good

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The terrace on the upstairs level is spectacular

I met a man on the elevator to Gigi, on the 6 th floor of Théâtre des Champs Elysées, who had been there before and he said that on a day like this the place would be spectacular but is a little noisy. He was right all the way and my excitement to discover the new Laurent Gourcuff Paris Society group spot in Paris was not deterred. The decor by Hugo Toro is very theatrical with yellow marble from Sienna and travertine from Rome for a fabulous floor. But of course, it is a little noisy. The menu is Italian, the customers very mixed but young (30 to 40), and obviously very trendy because, wearing jeans and T shirts for the men and high heels for the girls seems to be the rule. The food was good except for my favorite dessert, the Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) which looked like the mountain in the Alps but did not taste like anything. Read More

Happy Birthday Parisdiary!

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It’s been seven years since on January 19, 2015, Parisdiary was born thanks to Gaspard d’Hautefeuille’s brilliant coding technique. The idea came from Cathleen McGuigan and Susan Reed, both successful journalists living in Sag Harbor who ordered me to start the newsletter for my American friends who liked Paris. The first issue reviewed Jean Lebrun‘s biography of Chanel which won the first Prix Goncourt de la Biographie and Louise Pressager‘s wonderful art videos.

Louise Pressager still develops her huge sense of humor today

It has now become YOUR newsletter and your messages throughout lockdown have kept it going. Keep sending your cheers, it’s wonderful to stay in touch when we can’t travel… And let’s drink to the Diary’s future seven years.

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Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès reveals its talents in Pantin

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Olivier Sévère and his cristal cubes shows at Galerie Sinople

It’s always a huge effort to go to Pantin, a suburb north of Paris where Chanel and Puiforcat have their factories but also, and this is the reward, is an area where much contemporary art is taking place. On the ground floor of Magasins Généraux,  Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès is showing the result of 10 years of artists’ residence in its different manufactures of cristal, silver, leather and silk. The show already took place in Seoul and in Tokyo and it gives a good idea of tomorrow’s trends.Read More

Affordable or out of reach, you find great art at Galerie Lelong

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Wang Yan Cheng, Untitled 2021, © Wang Yan Cheng / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.

Galerie Lelong has three spaces in the 8 th arrondissement and going to an opening there is like going to a fair: there is something for everybody’s (good) taste. This time I fell in love with Californian artist, Alison Saar, a sculptor who presents prints rue de Téhéran, for the first time, and French naturalized Chinese painter, Wang Yan Cheng, who was showing his very colorful and thick paintings, avenue Matignon. The late Lebanese artist Etel Adnan is also exhibited on the first floor of the main gallery and simultaneously in New York, at 528 W 26 th.

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Venitian slippers with an Uzbek twist

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Covered in Uzbek fabric the Friulane is a very elegant slipper at Capulette

One of the good surprises of Christmas was a pair of fancy Venitian slippers made with Uzbek fabric by Capulette. Mine are pink and green but hey come in multiple colors, in cotton or velvet and are the original Friulane shoes worn by gondoliers with a gum sole. They were designed by the very pretty Capucine Lebrun, the owner of the minuscule shop located at 2 rue d’Aguesseau, across the street from St Michael’s church and in front of the British Embassy. Multiple lines of cushions, summer handbags made with weed of palm tree leafs and baby slippers are also available and everything is in perfect taste. Read More

From the Faroe Islands to the Champs Elysées, “A sparkle of sun”

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Ingálvur av Ren , Interior, Spring, 1947

I had no idea where the Faroe Islands were and fantasized that they were near Tahiti or in New Caledonia but when I received the invitation to visit La Maison du Danemark for the exhibition “Un éclat de soleil, Art from the Faroe Islands”, I realized that they must be much closer… South of Iceland, North West of Scotland and West of Norway, quite up North actually! Which explains why a sparkle of sun might be so precious to its artists… There are fifty words in the Faroe language to define rain and humidity! And for the first exhibition since the art space, Le Bicolore, reopened on top of the Champs Elysées, the curator Kinna Poulsen selected the most colorful artists. Four altogether, figurative and abstract, from three generations. Ingalvur av Reyn, Zacharias Heinesen, Rannvá Kunoy and Hansina Iversen.Read More

Baudelaire and his symbolist friends at Bibliothèque Nationale

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Selfportrait, ca 1860, Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Institut, © RMN – Grand Palais, Gérard Blot

It took me a little time to get to the exhibition “Baudelaire, la modernité mélancolique” (Melancholic modernity) celebrating the bicentenary of the poet’s birth, which opened in November at Bibliothèque nationale de France, because I feared it would be too intellectual and stiff. Well the way the symbolist poet’s writings, sources and portraits (200 pieces) are laid out is so pretty, that you wander through the show with great pleasure. It is particularly interesting to see how he was inspired (or illustrated) by prints produced by his friends and contemporaries such as Eugène Delacroix, Pieter Claesz Soutman, Odilon Redon, Gustave Moreau… A great map of Paris shows the 38 different addresses where he lived during his very short life (1821-1867), sometimes moving apartments every three months. His self portraits are vivid and many photographs by Etienne Carjat (1828-1906) show his “spleen” at the end of the exhibition (until January 27).Read More

I look forward to in 2022…

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Albert Edelfelt, “Young boys playing on the beach”, 1884, Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum. Photo Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen at Petit Palais on March 10.

January is always an exciting month with New Year’s resolutions and all the projected goodies of the Spring and the Summer. Here are a few cultural ideas for the next months. Two exhibitions of turn of the century Finnish painters in March should please the charming Finnish ambassador in Paris, Teemu Tanner: Akseli Gallen-Kalella (1865-1931), at Musée Jacquemart André and Albert Edelfelt at Petit Palais, a show around painter Rosa Bonheur, 1822-1899, in May in Bordeaux and later in September at Musée d’Orsay. Quite a number of contemporary artists in traditional museums, like Markus Lüpertz in Orléans, Ange Leccia on March 2 at l’Orangerie, and a Monet-Rothko encounter at Musée des Impressionnismes in Giverny. A large celebration of Yves Saint Laurent who celebrates his 60 th anniversary, at Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou and Musées Picasso. This month, the opera of “Hamlet” by Ambroise Thomas is back at Opéra Comique conducted by Louis Langrée who is also the new director. And the Haitian pictures of African American photographer Ozier Muhammad at Galerie Sophie Sheidecker. Read More