At Grand Palais, Venice and Miro compete with FIAC for prime time

“Eblouissante Venise” is not as dazzling as announced at Grand Palais even if famous castrato Farinelli is representing opera, Polichinelle announces Commedia dell’ Arte and Tiepolo glitters with Canaletto. Miro is superb with many paintings from his youth which I had never seen before and FIAC, Foire internationale d’art contemporain should be a good edition starting on Thursday 18 to Sunday … Read More

Frédérique Morrell creates magic at Deyrolle

Frédérique Morrell has been around and yet I had never heard of her! You might have seen her windows for Hermès on Madison avenue in April 2014, or her 2018 summer exhibition in Aubusson at Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie. Now is your chance to discover this amazing artist, who uses vintage tapestry to cover stuffed animals. And Deyrolle, the temple … Read More

Hubert Le Gall plays with animals and Pinocchio

Designer and set director Hubert Le Gall has been exhibiting with Pierre Alain Challier since 2002 at Artcurial. His new show at the gallery on rue Debelleyme is devoted to “Eternal Spring” and golden branches grow out of red velvet armchairs, wooden cabinets show nature through their shelves and rabbits become cozy seats. It’s all very whimsical.

Château d’Eu, a beautiful royal decor

I had been wanting to visit Eu, a little town in Northern Normandy, where the castle hosted the d’Orléans family and lately the Comtesse de Paris and Les Amis du Musée Condé in Chantilly easily convinced me to join them. Partly restored by Duc d’Aumale, the wonderful collector and owner of Chantilly, it belonged to the Brazilian branch of Orléans … Read More

Versailles is extending on Marie Antoinette’s territory

There is not a week without a new event at Versailles and the opening of the Queen’s hamlet, newly restored is major news. At the same time, a new prize for historical books is created and given to a biography of Camille and Lucile Desmoulins by Hervé Leuwers (Fayard). From Revolution to restorations, the old palace is constantly on the … Read More

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

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

Tapestries, true witnesses of their times

The new exhibition “Au fil du Siècle” at Manufacture des Gobelins is devoted to chefs d’oeuvres of the 20 th century and it is a firework of colors and political themes. Conceived in four months and inaugurated by Brigitte Macron and Stéphane Bern, it comprises the best pieces of tapestries owned by the Mobilier National. Furniture and carpets, from 1918 … Read More