Last chance to see… Thomas Demand at Jeu de Paume

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It seems that I totally forgot to tell you about the Thomas Demand exhibition “The Stutter of History”, at Musée du Jeu de Paume in the Tuileries and it ends on May 28, next Sunday, so if you have time this week, rush to see it, it is very fascinating. The artist who was born in Munich in 1964, works … Read More

The most portrayed woman ever, Sarah Bernhardt is at Petit Palais

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Out of 400 works shown at Petit Palais in the exhibition “Sarah Bernhardt, and the woman created the star”, there must be at least 200 portraits of hers in oil, watercolor, photographs and sculpture including a number of self portraits and works done by her lifelong companion Louise Abbéma. I had never realized what a good artist the actress was … Read More

Aboriginal women take over Musée du Quai Branly with their “Songlines”

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Twelve years ago, Musée du Quai Branly organized an exhibition on “The origins of Aboriginal art in Australia” which was an eye opening show for most Parisians. Five years ago, the show “Songlines: songs from the Australian desert tracks” won best exhibition of the year 2018 at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. It was conceived over ten years … Read More

Karen Knorr’s magical world is at Filles du Calvaire

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    American photographer Karen Knorr is always surprising. In her early career she photographed gentlemen’s clubs in London in black and white and these pictures have not aged a minute. Then she concentrated on shooting stuffed animals in French castles and museums. She travelled to India and spent months in palaces, had a bout in Japan with geishas and … Read More

Here and there, there is so much to see

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“Pour la France” is a film produced by Nicolas Mauvernay, about drama and hope in life. About brotherly love and emigration. It could all seem depressing but it is riveting from beginning to end. It is based on a true story, the death of the director’s brother, Aïssa Saidi, when he was a student at the prestigious St Cyr military … Read More

Paul Strand seduces at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson has a new director Clément Chéroux, who worked for nine years at Centre Pompidou, three at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and two at MoMa, always in the photography department. He has curated thirty exhibitions and published even more books on photography and its history. The Paul Strand exhibition from the collections of the … Read More

Le Salon H, a gallery devoted to Croyance

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It’s always fun to be taken by a foreign friend to a new place in your own city. This is what happened when Svetlana Cemin, a documentary film director,  introduced me to Le Salon H, a pretty little gallery on rue de Savoie. The new exhibition there features two Brazilian artists Livia Melzi and Sandra Lapage, a Belgian, Agnès Guillaume and … Read More