At Chantilly, Orientalism and a new administrator, Anne Miller

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This year should be very festive for Château de Chantilly where a new administrator, Anne Miller, has just been named and the 200 th anniversary of Duc d’Aumale’s birth is being celebrated with two exhibitions of drawings and rare Arab manuscripts under one title “Le Duc d’Aumale and Algeria“. A show of Ingres drawings curated by Nicole Garnier, will open … Read More

“The Second Half” of life by photographer Ellen Warner

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Ellen Warner is a photographer who one day started asking questions to her models: do you prefer your life before fifty or after? and she was surprised to find out that most women preferred the second half with more experience and more “letting go”. “In the second half you know who you are, and you are liberated by not caring … Read More

Saint Exupéry’s “Le Petit Prince”, lands at MAD at last

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Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1940-1944), is the book most translated in the world after the Bible. Over a 140 millon copies have been sold in 301 languages and dialects. An encounter with his young hero is organized at MAD, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, with over 600 books, photographs, drawings and letters featuring Saint Ex’ airplanes, books … Read More

In Evian, “Bébé” Bérard revives grand old times

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My taxi driver in Evian, Nicolas Fleury, who is on the American football team, holder of the French national title, had never heard of Christian Bérard even though large adds promoting the new exhibition are all over town. But this energetic man, who was raised in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers, could not stop talking about what a wonderful town … Read More

At IMA, Jews from the Orient and Raymond Depardon’s photographs

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Institut du Monde Arabe always has nice surprises for us and the exhibition “Juifs d’Orient” puts a light on the eternal coexistence of Jews and Muslims in most of the Mediterranean countries. It covers twenty six centuries with 280 objects from Syria, Yemen, Iran, Egypt, Turkey, and a large section on North Africa where the French had strong interests until … Read More