To do and not to do

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If you are curious of the new artistic scene, go to Magasins Généraux in Pantin to discover “Un plus grand lac” (a bigger lake) an exhibition of students’ works from Ecole des Beaux Arts and Arts Décoratifs: Elisa Florimond, Victoire Gonzalvez, Lauren Januhowski, César Ropponen Brunel, all have interesting works to show under the excellent curatorship of Simon Grainville. Do … Read More

Olmecs, ancestors of the Mayas, at Quai Branly

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I had no idea what Olmecs were before I walked into the Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac and encountered the larger than life cocurator of the show, Steve Bourget, who led the visit with his strong French Canadian accent. These people of the Vera Cruz area on the Eastern coast of Mexico, lived from 1600 to 400 bc and … Read More

To do or not to do

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Make sure not to go to Comédie Française to see “Le côté de Guermantes” directed by Christophe Honoré and do not miss “Asia Now” which is very well attended by major galleries this year, starting on October 21. Do go to the Louvre to see the Albrecht Altdorfer show, a travel through time in German Renaissance with outstanding drawings and … Read More

Mark Tobey is rediscovered at Jeanne Bucher Jaeger

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Galerist Jeanne Bucher discovered Mark Tobey (1890-1976) in New York in 1945, just before her death, and the gallery pursued her love for the artist and organized his first personal exhibition in 1955 in Paris, followed by an exhibition at the Tate in 1956 and one at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1961. “The Wise man of Seattle” as he … Read More

With Chirico a lesson in metaphysics at l’Orangerie

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“The suspension of logical sense in art is not an invention of us painters. Fair recognition for this discovery goes to Nietzsche, the Pole, even if in poetry it was first used by the Frenchman Rimbaud; in painting this achievement can be ascribed to the undersigned.”declare Giorgio de Chirico in 1919. The Chirico exhibition at Musée de l’Orangerie in the … Read More

In Le Havre, lampposts are the electrical stars!

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Musée André Malraux in Le Havre is a little glass jewel inaugurated in 1961, overlooking the beach which was still crowded two weeks ago. Temperatures of 25° allowed brave swimmers to enjoy the (quite) warm water of the great tides. The exhibition, “Nuits électriques” (electrical nights), is part of Normandy Impressionniste 2020, a large festival celebrating Impressionist painters, which covers … Read More