From caricature to poster

When Mucha and Toulouse Lautrec stopped creating images for the walls of Paris, caricaturists and press cartoonists took over and started working for advertising. Among them SEM, the social caricaturist, whose ink drawings line the staircase of the Jockey club in Paris, Leonetto Cappiello (the best artist represented here) or Auguste Roubille. All the posters exhibited belong to the Musée … Read More

Tony Cragg, the ultimate sculptor

I speak so often of Thaddaeus Ropac’s Pantin gallery in this diary, that you are going to think he has bewitched me. Well, it is almost the case since every time I go (and this time I even went the week before by mistake) to an opening there, I come back happy !

At Quai Branly, a world of objects with a human feel

Musée du Quai Branly, the future Musée Jacques Chirac, always surprises us and this time, the exhibition, « Persona, Etrangement humain » which hightlights objects from old civilisations up to contemporary robots, is both riveting and disconcerting.

Mallet-Stevens illuminates Villa Cavrois

It is a long and grim drive from Paris to Lille on the Autoroute du Nord which also leads to Brussels and Calais. But if you are travelling with two very dear friends, an architect from Boston, and the daughter of the leading Texas architect Frank Welch, it is much more fun.

Versailles in Arras, the great surprise!

Everything was a huge surprise in the city of Arras where I went after having  heard of the exhibition « Arras vous fait la cour » (Arras courts you ) of 100 chefs d’œuvres lent by Versailles. As always, it is hard to lead Parisians to the French provinces and the two hour drive to this northern city of Picardie … Read More

Jean-Baptiste Huet, the nephew…

Musée Cognacq-Jay is one of those hidden treasures in the Marais that would remain unknown if it wasn’t for its special exhibitions. These are sometimes cramped in the little 16 th century rooms of Hotel de Donon, where Ernest Cognacq (1839-1928), the founder of La Samaritaine’s, collection of china and  antique furniture and paintings is exhibited, but curator Benjamin Couilleaux … Read More

African art at its best, just around the corner

Because I know nothing about African art, I always concentrate on the aesthetically beauty of sculptures and masks I discover, and Musée Dapper is a perfect showcase for such pleasures. The exhibition, « Chefs d’œuvre d’Afrique » is a tribute to the museum’s founder, Michel Leveau, an engineer who spent his life in Africa and collected top pieces in African … Read More

Wall paper, fabric, decorative arts

  The visitor has to be pretty motivated to find out about wall papers and fabrics in this exhibition located on two floors at Musée des Art Décoratifs. The explanations printed in gold on the walls are unreadable because of the lighting, and there are no captions anywhere to be seen. If you are lucky enough to grab an explanation … Read More