At Fondation Cartier, Geometry is Latin American!

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  Fondation Cartier has accustomed us to fun and high quality exhibitions ranging from architecture to African art and photography. This time, “Southern geometries from Mexico to Patagonia” could seem like an aggregate of shapes and colors that have nothing in common. But it actually gives us a leading thread between pre Hispanic art and today’s Indian and contemporary art. … Read More

Versailles and Louis Philippe, a long history

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King Louis Philippe reigned in France from 1830 to 1848. During this time he made a point of transforming Versailles into a historical museum dedicated to all the glories of the country. To celebrate his work, Catherine Pégard, president of Château de Versailles, is opening thirty two new rooms and 5 000 square meters, where the historical galleries will be … Read More

Domaine du Muy, an enchanted sculpture kingdom in Provence

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  Three years ago, a series of flattering articles in the French and American press alerted me to the success of Jean Gabriel Mitterrand’s sculpture park in le Muy, a  little town, an hour north of St Tropez and west of Cannes. There was some mystery around his project and I never got around to visiting it until Anne Laure … Read More

Musée de Cluny is young and beautiful again

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You thought there was nothing happening in Paris in the summer and went away with a tranquil feeling of not missing anything. Well you were wrong! Musée de Cluny very quietly reopened on July 14th, when everyone had something better to do, except for the 3 080 visitors who rushed over the week end to see it and it is stunning. … Read More

Giacometti at home, in Montparnasse

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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

Cassel, a wonder town in Flanders

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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