Amadeo de Souza Cardoso at Grand Palais

It’s always puzzling to find out that famous painters abroad, in this case, in Portugal, can remain totally unknown in Paris and around the world. Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso died at 30 in 1918 after having lived in Paris for 8 years at the height of the Montparnasse artistic movement. A friend of Modigliani and Brancusi, he exhibited in Germany and … Read More

Naïla de Monbrison, a world of “sculpted” jewels

  Next year, Naïla de Monbrison will celebrate thirty years of her jewellery gallery located place du Palais Bourbon. She was one of the first in Paris to celebrate contemporary jewellery and to treat the pieces she sells like art objects. At the moment she is showing Italian goldsmith Giampaolo Babetto, who sculpts gold with genius.

Safaris, Safarix and Prince Albert I

Visiting Musée de la Chasse in the Marais is always a great experience, and this small and chic museum has become the best shared « secret » for demanding visitors. The reason for it is Claude d’Anthenaise, its excellent director. But it’s not always easy to revive an 18 th century house devoted to stuffed animals and paintings of hunters. … Read More

Daniel Buren Bristol style

After reading a portrait of architect Pierre Yovanovitch in the Figaro, I rushed to visit the new Kamel Mennour right bank gallery, on avenue Matignon (next to Baccarat) and this led me to Hôtel Bristol where Daniel Buren, the king of stripes, is showing a pergola. What fun !

Rodin welcomes sculptor François Stahly in Meudon

You might have never heard of François Stahly, the German born French sculptor, but you know his work if you have passed by the Eiffel tower once in your life: as a sculptor he designed wooden columns for the hallway of Maison de la Radio (visible when you attend a concert there) and a chimney across the Seine, which rises … Read More

Lin Utzon takes Venice by surprise

It was the opening of the Venice biennale for architecture and the canals were swarming with architects dressed in black, who had come from all over the world, so Lin Utzon’s vernissage was attended by guests from ten different nationalities. Friends had travelled from Copenhagen where she was born, Sydney where she grew up and Mallorca where she lives. All … Read More

At the Gobelins, Jean Lurçat tapestries and more

It is thanks to Guillaume Janneau, who used to run Le Mobilier National and its tapestry workshops, that Jean Lurçat (1892-1966) moved from being a successful painter to literally saving the art of French tapestry, in the 1940’s. « Four seasons » one of his masterpieces, was started with the war in 1939 and was made throughout until 1946.

Daniel Templon turns 50

To celebrate his fifty years as an art dealer, French  galerist Daniel Templon, commissioned a book on his professional life by Sorbonne Professor Julie Verlaine. It is a history of the last fifty years of contemporary art and a page turner about a little man from the suburbs, who became very big through his passion for art and his love of … Read More