Here and there, news from the art front

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Avenue Matignon continues its fast ascension in becoming the modern and contemporary art destination for all the collectors who can’t be bothered to get stuck in traffic on their way to the Marais. And the White Cube gallery, which is discreetly housed on the second floor of an Hausmannian building at n°10, is showing a completely unknown-to-the French American artist, … Read More

Anna Eva Bergman, from Norway to Paris, and Zao Wou Ki at MAM!

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Anna-Eva Bergman (1909-1984) was born in Sweden but grew up in Norway when her parents separated. She studied art in Oslo and in Vienna and met her husband Hans Hartung, another painter,  in Paris at 20. This past week, I kept on running into friends who had absolutely loved the exhibition or considered Bergman as a mediocre artist. The exhibition … Read More

The most portrayed woman ever, Sarah Bernhardt is at Petit Palais

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Out of 400 works shown at Petit Palais in the exhibition “Sarah Bernhardt, and the woman created the star”, there must be at least 200 portraits of hers in oil, watercolor, photographs and sculpture including a number of self portraits and works done by her lifelong companion Louise Abbéma. I had never realized what a good artist the actress was … Read More

Hotel d’Ennery, a curiosity on avenue Foch

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I wonder if the reason why the entrance fee to Hotel d’Ennery, at 59 avenue Foch, is free, is because all the collections of Japanese and Chinese art date from the 19 th century when Clémence Desgranges (1823-1898), a comedian, bought them frantically at La Porte Chinoise, Le Bon Marché or other importers of Asian art such as Bing or … Read More

Aboriginal women take over Musée du Quai Branly with their “Songlines”

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Twelve years ago, Musée du Quai Branly organized an exhibition on “The origins of Aboriginal art in Australia” which was an eye opening show for most Parisians. Five years ago, the show “Songlines: songs from the Australian desert tracks” won best exhibition of the year 2018 at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. It was conceived over ten years … Read More

Ecouen, Chantilly and Musée de l’Armée are allies in the War of the religions

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Had you ever heard of Antoine Caron (1521-1599)? I hadn’t, even though I saw some of his tapestries in Fontainebleau last year in the exhibition “L’art de le fête à la cour des Valois”. The masterpieces of the show were already three exceptional tapestries lent by the Uffizzi in Florence. In Ecouen’s Musée National de la Renaissance, the eight tapestries commissioned … Read More

François Rouan is stunning at Templon

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François Rouan is one of France’s greatest painter, and at 8O, he is showing new works at Galerie Templon, a firework of colors and braided canvases which are immediately recognizable. This alumni of Villa Medicis in Rome befriended Balthus, who invited him to pait in his chalet of  La Rossinière near Gastaad. I saw there some of his works hanging … Read More

Here and there, more Paris temptations…

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The presentation of the season at Opéra Comique was great fun and one could feel that Louis Langrée, the conductor who runs it since 2021 and the President, Jean Yves Larrouturou, a former director at Suez who is now a podcaster at France Musique, get on very well. The program is short but exciting with Charles Lecocq, “La fille de … Read More