“In Paris and nowhere else” at Musée de la Porte Dorée

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You have until January 22, to discover this wonderful exhibition devoted to 24 foreign artists working in Paris which has gone pretty unnoticed so far. “Paris and nowhere else” 1945-1972, at Musée de l’Immigration, is devoted to post war years when exiled Latin American, Eastern European, American, Japanese and Chinese artists met  in France. It is impeccably curated by Jean … Read More

Ger Luijten is gone, we will miss him!

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There are people in life whom you meet and spending just a few minutes with them makes you happy for the rest of the day. This is what Ger Luijten did to everyone who met him. The director fo Fondation Custodia in Paris, died on Monday December 19 th in Amsterdam from an aneurism. He was 66 and the most … Read More

Kimonos and Mardi gras costumes at Musée du Quai Branly

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At Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac, an exhibition of 19 th and 20 th century kimonos is illustrated with great prints in teh small first floor galleries (until May 28) while Mardi Gras costumes from New Orleans, decorate the ground floor galleries (until January15). Both shows are a fireworks of color which warmed me up on a recent freezing … Read More

“Insurgé.es” in Saint Denis take us back to 1870…

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Saint Denis is the suburb of Paris which is becoming the most modernized because of all the construction works made for the 2024 Olympic Games. A giant swimming pool is being built next to Stade de France. After being the place where all French kings were buried (in the basilica), the city has been a communist bastion for many years … Read More

Fabrice Hyber is a delight at Fondation Cartier

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If you’re looking for a pretty walk in an enchanted forest, go to Fondation Cartier and immerse yourself in the Fabrice Hyber exhibition “The Valley” which is set in different classrooms with sixty works of which twenty are painted for the show. In the 1990’s, the artist started planting a forest with 300 000 tree seeds in Vendée, next to … Read More

Naples in winter, an easy treat!

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Spending a few days in Naples, Italy, is probably the best idea in the middle of winter and when a dear friend called to ask me to  Teatro San Carlo, I did not think twice. The AF flight was easy and perfect, we all booked at the Excelsior, one of the rare true palaces left, with old style service, sometimes … Read More

Fernande Olivier is a precious informer at Musée de Montmartre

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She lived for eight years with Pablo Picasso from 1904 to 1912, in Montmartre and in Spain, but she was not just a pretty girl. She could paint and she could write. The exhibition at Musée de Montmartre (until February 19) is a revelation on Fernande Olivier‘s life. Not from a feminist’s point of view, but as a source of … Read More