Two couturiers who collected… very well

Visiting Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent on avenue Marceau, is always a treat. Exhibitions there are as varied as Tibetan art or David Hockney’s Ipad work, and they are very luxuriously scenographed. The new show of « Jacques Doucet-Yves Saint Laurent, Vivre pour l’art » (live for art) is bringing the space to a high point and letting us dream … Read More

A book that opens houses

The first time I was invited at Guy de Rothschild’s house in Normandy,  he graciously welcomed me in the parking and said : « It’s amusing to discover a new house isn’t it ? » This was the most understated remark he could make and I always remember his voice when I enter a new place. His stud farm of … Read More

Victor Hugo, an erotic portrait

We all know that Victor Hugo (1802-1885) is one of the greatest French writers and playwright, an ardent politician who had to go into exile to Guernesey after Napoléon III came to power in 1848. He was also a talented drawer and loved women. The exhibition in Hotel de Rohan-Guéménée, on place des Vosges where he lived for 16 years … Read More

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