Giacometti at home, in Montparnasse

We are in the heart of Montparnasse, overlooking the cemetery and not far from Fondation Cartier on rue Victor Schoelcher, 1804-1893 the man who abolished slavery in the French colonies. Alberto Giacometti‘s studio is part of a block of houses with many other ateliers, their high windows facing North East. It has just been renovated and opened to the public … Read More

“Les Etés de la danse”, an American ballet festival

It was my first visit to the Seine Musicale, the large concert hall built by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines on Ile Seguin in Boulogne and the occasion was a performance of the Pacific Northwest Ballet from Seattle. A large contingent of West coast benefactors made this evening very special as did my discovery of the new stage of … Read More

Cassel, a wonder town in Flanders

You have probably never been to Cassel, on the border of France and Belgium where Marshall Foch had his headquarters during the First world war,  and neither had I until last week when I was invited to see a new exhibition on Gaspar de Crayer, 1584-1669, a follower of Rubens and Van Dick, who was famous until the 19 th … Read More

Château d’Eu, a beautiful royal decor

I had been wanting to visit Eu, a little town in Northern Normandy, where the castle hosted the d’Orléans family and lately the Comtesse de Paris and Les Amis du Musée Condé in Chantilly easily convinced me to join them. Partly restored by Duc d’Aumale, the wonderful collector and owner of Chantilly, it belonged to the Brazilian branch of Orléans … Read More

Versailles is extending on Marie Antoinette’s territory

There is not a week without a new event at Versailles and the opening of the Queen’s hamlet, newly restored is major news. At the same time, a new prize for historical books is created and given to a biography of Camille and Lucile Desmoulins by Hervé Leuwers (Fayard). From Revolution to restorations, the old palace is constantly on the … Read More

Musée Jean-Jacques Henner rediscovered

There is a charm to the newly restored house of Jean-Jacques Henner, similar to that of Gustave Moreau on rue La Rochefoucauld. The artist is less well known and the museum serves as residence for young artists who just graduated from Les Beaux Arts. To enliven the place, the curator Claire Bessède,  had the idea of inviting Eugénie Alméras to … Read More

Junya Ishigami, magic architecture at Fondation Cartier

The cherry trees at Fondation Cartier were in full bloom for Junya Ishigami‘s opening of twenty architecture designs and models. And discovering his work was a blessed moment. The laureate of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2010, Ishigami represents at 43, the young generation who devotes an important place to landscape, poetry and conceptualism in architecture. … Read More

The Qajar dynasty in Iran, more than just warriors

The new exhibition at Louvre Lens, “The Rose Empire” is devoted to the Qajar dynasty, who reigned over Persia from 1786 to 1925, when Reza Khan Pahlavi took over. Four hundred pieces came from 35 French institutions and private collections and twelve countries to describe the world of this family, whose descendants now mostly live in Europe and the United … Read More