Nendo, a Japanese designer for Sèvres

When I visited the Sèvres workshops last year, the Sakura vase by Nendo was just being completed and its magic immediately struck me. The Japanese delicacy fitted perfectly the four century long porcelain technique and suddenly  it all made sense. The modernity given to its collections by Ombeline d’Arche, the creative director, was crowned with success. On Thursday May 24, … Read More

Vitebsk in 1918 at Centre Pompidou

When in 1918,  he was appointed commissar of Fine arts for Vitebsk the town where he was born, Marc Chagall decided to found a People’s School of art open and free for all. Opened in 1919, it closed in 1922 and revealed some of the greatest figures of the Russian avant garde with El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich. Centre Pompidou … Read More

There is always something going on at Petit Palais

The fabulous exhibition of “Les Hollandais à Paris” is ending next week with record numbers of visitors and as an intermission show, Christophe Leribault, director of le Petit Palais, is showing photographs by young artists in residence who have recorded renovations in the museum and at the Grand Palais. It is fun to see contemporary works in this very 19 … Read More

Bic, Marcel Bich and art at Le 104

Marcel Bich, the genius founder of one of France’s most popular brands and the world’s most sold pen, (the 100 billionth was sold in 2006) the Cristal Bic, would have enjoyed this show at the very popular cultural center Le 104, near la Villette. While approaching this large building which used to be a funerarium, one encounters low income housings … Read More

Guernica in progress at Musée Picasso

Guernica, the painting by Pablo Picasso, has become a legend for the theme it represents and the political artistic fight it symbolizes. An exhibition at Musée Picasso establishes the origins of the painting, the artist’s political activism in the 1930’s and through the war, and the after life of the masterpiece when it travelled around the world and was sent … Read More

Japonism and Impressionisms in etchings and peonies

When I went to Giverny on my yearly Spring visit, I had the surprise of seeing new tall peonies given by the director of the Yuushien Japanese garden of Shimane province. A ceremony  celebrating 160 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries took place in Monet’s garden with Hugues Gall and Ambassador Masato Klitera planting the flowers the same … Read More

From Monet’s waterlilies to Rothko’s abstraction, at l’Orangerie

When Alfred Barr bought a large “Nymphéas” for MoMA in 1955, Monet suddenly became the hero of “Mainstreams in Modern art” facing “Autumn Rhythm” by Pollock in John Canaday’s book on abstract expressionism in America. Based on a number of writings of the fifties by art critic Louis Finkelstein and Clement Greenberg, the new exhibition at Musée de l’Orangerie is curated by … Read More

A visit “chez Caillebotte” in Yerres

You probably identify Gustave Caillebotte with his paintings of umbrellas around Gare St Lazare. Left apart from the Impressionist craze, he was rediscovered two years ago with a large retrospective at Musée des Impressionistes in Giverny and now, he has his own house outside Paris, a charming 1824 building which was renovated by the city of Yerres. It is an … Read More