Amos Gitaï and Yitzhak Rabin, a 25 year long story

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It was incredibly poignant to meet film director Amos Gitaï at Bibliothèque Nationale de France this week. A small group of journalists were invited to visit the new exhibition of his archives on Yitzhak Rabin‘s assassination on November 4, 1995. Films, interviews, a play and a book, and numeric archives, the result of 25 years of research, are being bequeathed by … Read More

The last happy event before being lockdowned again

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“The only good news this Thursday” mentioned the invitation to Pierre Alain Challier’s gallery at the very time that Jean Claude Fasquelle, a giant of publishing with Grasset, was being buried at Saint Germain des Prés and just before Manuel Canovas, the fabric designer’s funeral. And it was to be a literary event with lots of booze… around Nicolas d’Estienne … Read More

Museums keep hanging their shows and some, in Spain and Italy, are even open…

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In Paris, Musée Marmottan has just finished hanging the ravishing Krøyer exhibition, Petit Palais, which was bequeathed by Academician Jean Marie Rouart, twelve works by Henri and Auguste Rouart, Henry Lerolle and Maurice Denis is preparing its prints show “Edition Limitée, Vollard, Pétiet et l’Estampe de Maître” and in London the V&A is hosting the largest Iranian show in a … Read More

Jean Dunand is everywhere this week!

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Editions Norma is a remarkable publishing house which always publishes refined books with the greatest care. Founded and run by Maïté Hudry, it specializes in 1920 to 1970’s architecture and design, but has recently published the catalog of an exhibition of sneakers “Playground” which took place in Bordeaux.  And their latest publication is about “Jean Dunand”, by Amélie and father … Read More

Belle Greene, Alexandra Lapierre’s new character is a true marvel

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Everything close to the heart of Alexandra Lapierre seems to be in this new novel: America, books, exceptional women and love. And zooming through the 500 page biographical novel which she devotes to Belle Greene, the founder of the Morgan Library, is a shared adventure. Born in a metis family, the daughter of Richard Theodore Greener and Geneviève Fleet, Belle … Read More

“La Familia Grande”, a social study

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At the time of the Georgia vote, a very Parisian scandal is agitating Saint Germain des Prés’s society. The publication of “La Familia Grande” a book by Camille Kouchner describing the dysfunctional habits of one of the most prominent families of intellectual Paris. In Washington, the mob invades The Capitol, in Paris the daughter of former Foreign minister Bernard Kouchner … Read More

I look forward to…

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There are many great projects for 2021 which we should all look forward to. Alexandra Lapierre, author of  many biographies such as “Moura” and “Artemisia Gentileschi”, is publishing on January 20, a 500 page novel on “Belle Greene”, the brilliant creator of the collections of the Morgan Library who hid all her life that she was a Metis. Avenue Matignon … Read More