Celebrate Valentine in style on Thursday the 14th!

  Valentine like New Year can be tricky to celebrate if you don’t particularly like candlelit dinners and cliché evenings. It was first established in the 14 th century as a day for courtly love by Geoffrey Chaucer, the well known British poet, author of the Canterbury Tales. This year, Musée Rodin is organizing a romantic night visit and following the … Read More

René Laubiès is remembered with two shows

Two exhibitions are devoted to post war painter René Laubiès this month, one in Les Sables d’Olonne at Abbaye de Sainte Croix and the other in Paris at Alain Margaron’s gallery. Both show the light and serenity of the French painter, born in Saigon in 1922, who died in Mangalore in 2006. He painted mostly in Kerala at the end … Read More

At Fondation Custodia, 500 years of drawings from the Pushkin Museum

Once again, Fondation Custodia is offering us an exceptional exhibition of rarely seen drawings. Taking advantage of the closing of the Pushkin Museum for renovations, Ger Luijten and Marina Lochak directors of Custodia and of the Pushkin museum have agreed to show these chefs d’oeuvres for the first time in Paris.  195 of the 27 000 drawings kept in the … Read More

Artur Bordalo, a Portuguese graffiti artist, takes Paris by storm

He is 31 and admits to having been a bad boy for a while but now, Bordalo II, the grandson of a Portuguese watercolorist with the same name (thus the II), is exhibiting his strange animals near the Grande Bibliothèque in an empty concrete space which will become a supermarket at the end of the year. The irony is that … Read More

Louise Pressager brings sun into our lives

You probably remember seeing Louise Pressager‘s work here before when she won the Prize of the Salon de Montrouge and was invited to show her videos at Palais de Tokyo by Jean de Loisy. She has since exhibited in Malakoff and in Caen, in Nancy and in Villeurbane, but her show at Galerie Laure Roynette is the first in a … Read More

Xavier Valls lives again at Institut Cervantès

Xavier Valls, a Catalan painter whose son Manuel became Prime Minister of France during Hollande’s presidency, is at last getting some light in Paris at Institut Cervantès. The exhibition of his aerial paintings was the occasion of a little event around his charming Swiss Italian widow Luisangela (Luisa) who has many friends, their son and daughter Giovanna, who had flown … Read More

Last chance to see Caravaggio… at night

Since September, the Caravaggio show at Musée Jacquemart André has been continually full and one way not to queue was to go at the last minute after 5 pm. For the last three days of the exhibition 26 to 28 January, the museum will be open till 10 pm. It is the occasion to see the museum at night and … Read More

Ferdinand Desnos catches the light at Hotel Drouot

Hôtel Drouot, the auction house, is slowly becoming hip under the influence of its dashing President Alexandre Giquello. And the event, last week, was an exhibition curated by Natacha Carron Vullierme, of 80 paintings by Ferdinand Desnos. A witty naïf painter raised in the countryside near Tours, he only attracted a few collectors in his lifetime (1901-1958). Most of their children … Read More