Borders, invisible and deadly

« Frontières », the new exhibition at Musée de l’Histoire de l’immigration, is a fascinating travel through time and civilisations. Based on short films, photographs, sculptures (by Brancusi) and paintings, it attempts to describe the numerous ordeals that would-be immigrants endure. Very much in the actuality, this theme has been recurrent since the 19 th century and has inspired many … Read More

Rodin, revisited in style

It would be easy to say that after a 16 €million renovation, Musée Rodin does not look any different than before the three year restoration. And in a way this is a blessing. But the changes are subtle and refined and rely mostly on a brilliantly computerized lighting system and on a new circulation of the public around the two … Read More

Maxim’s has its secret museum

Many old Parisians have never heard of it let alone visited it, and yet Musée Maxim’s was opened eleven years ago to house Pierre Cardin’s Art Nouveau collections. When, in 1981, the couturier bought the famous Paris restaurant and the building above it (now he owns another one next-door), he already loved art and had been buying many pieces at … Read More

Sepik, a river to be discovered

The minute you enter the Sepik exhibition at Musée du quai Branly, you are transported to the other side of the world, watching fishermen on pirogues drifting on a very large river, the 1 126 km long Sepik. Since it was discoverers by Otto Finsch in 1886, the estuary of the Sepik in Papua-New Guinea (independent since 1975), just North … Read More

Can 18 th century furniture be revamped?

French antique dealers specialised in 18 th century furniture have had a hard time recently. Most of the internet billionaires prefer to buy 1950’s furniture, with the photographs of where and when it was conceived. Hard to do with Marie Antoinette’s flat desk or the Great Catherine of Russia’s wardrobe… So the house of Kraemer, which carries pieces by very … Read More

An American at Musée de la Chasse

To run a museum called Musée de la Chasse et de la nature is not always easy at a time when French people consider this a leisurely activity for the very rich… But Claude d’Anthenaise, the director who restored this beautiful hôtel particular in the Marais, has managed to always keep our minds excited with temporary exhibitions, on the ground … Read More

Picasso mania

Chéri Samba, Picasso, 2000 © Chéri Samba Yan Pei-Ming's portrait, 2009, looks at Maurizio Cattelan's statue, 1998 There is something immediately uplifting in the first room of the Picasso.mania exhibition at Grand Palais. A large wall of 18 video interviews of contemporary artists such as Miquel Barcelo, Bertrand Lavier, Julian Schnabel and John Baldessari… talking about Picasso’s influence on their lives. One ... Read More

From Edo to Tokyo with Kuniyoshi and more…

I did not know that before being called Tokyo, an anagram of Kyoto, the imperial capital until 1868, the main Japanese city for entertainment was called Edo and had more than 1 million inhabitants.. It is not surtprising then, that Kuniyoshi, the king of coloured prints in 18 th century Japan, had a large public and made over ten thousand … Read More