The last good tip of the year!

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Defense lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) meets his new client, Soviet spy Rudolf Abel played by Mark Ryance.

Defense lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) meets his new client, Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Ryance).

Some of you have seen it already but in Paris, the film has gone unnoticed since it came out in early December. Bridge of spies is fabulous, it is the real story of a swap between Francis Gary Powers, a young dashing pilot in the cold war, and Mark Ryance, a soviet spy who paints in Brooklyn.

Tom Hanks becomes a national heroe and the future adviser to Kennedy for the Cuban release of the Bay of Pigs prisoners

Tom Hanks becomes a national heroe and the future adviser to Kennedy for the Cuban release of the Bay of Pigs prisoners

The script by the Coen brothers and Matt Charman, the direction by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hank’s very extraordinary acting, make this East Berlin cold war story a must! Do not miss it.

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In 2016, I can’t wait for…

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Atys, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2011 © BAM

Atys, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2011 © BAM: the costumes are among 150 pieces exhibited at  Barockissimo

If you remember the luxurious costumes of Atys by Lully created by Sir William Christie at Opéra Comique in 1987 or at BAM in New York in 2011, you will enjoy the costume exhibition, “Barockissimo” at Centre National du Costume de Scène, in Moulins, from April 9 to September 18. For its 10 th anniversary, this very original museum in the center of France, will show baroque costumes from Les Art Florissants’ productions. The curator is Martine Kahane, founder of the museum, who is also President of William Christie’s company. What a wonderful way to celebrate the genius baroque musician and a great lady of opera.Read More

Happy New Year to you all!

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Happy New Year from my window where the mimosa is already in bloom!

Happy New Year from my window where the mimosa is already in bloom!

The end of the year was very dramatic in Paris, but with so many signs of friendship and love from all our foreign friends, we are soon recuperating. The Champs Elysées are swarmed with crowds in the very mild weather. Tourists have never been so well treated, good food has never been so important, and we are all waiting for your visit in the New Year.

The Madeleine church blinks to the National Assembly across the Seine

The Madeleine church on rue Royale blinks to the National Assembly across the Seine

Paris is ready othave fun again with its big wheel side to side with the Obelisk on place de la Concorde

Paris is ready to have fun again with its big wheel side to side with the Obelisk on place de la Concorde

Parisdiary wishes you a very Happy New Year 2016. Thank you for being such faithful readers.

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Musée de l’homme, a fascinating renovation

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Galerie de l'Homme, Hunting scene,©-Patrick Tourneboeuf

Galerie de l’Homme, Hunting scene with forgotten animals, ©-Patrick Tourneboeuf

After a six year renovation, fabulous Musée de l’Homme, located in Palais de Chaillot, has recently reopened for the great joy of children and parents. To see « Lucy » or whatever is left of her is undeniably a special emotion and to enter a world of warriors from 15 000 years ago and discover what they painted in caves and sculpted on mamouth ivory, is just as moving. My first visit on a Wednesday night (less crowded than during the day) with Gilles Nicolas, one of the artists involved in the many exhibition windows, was very pleasant.

A video piece on human evolution by artist Patrice Mugnier

A video piece on human evolution by artist Patrice Mugnier

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Renzo Piano is full of steam

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Fondation Jérôme Seydoux- Pathé, in Paris is a private center for cinema.

Fondation Jérôme Seydoux- Pathé, in Paris is a private center and a library for cinema, Ph: Michel Denancé

California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco,

California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, 2000-2008, Ph : Tim Griffith

I will admit it straight away : Renzo Piano is one of my favorite acrchitects and Fondation Beyeler in Basel, the idea I have of a perfect art gallery. So when I learned that Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine at Trocadero, was holding an exhibit of the Italian master, I rushed. And was happily relieved to enter the quiet space, with mostly professionals discussing attentively each building and material he uses. It was the same atmosphere as in his museums.Read More

Noyon, a small town full of surprises!

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The 17th century oak wood Christ from Noyon will be restored in February

The 17th century oak wood Christ from Noyon will be restored in February

Three years ago, Olivier de Rohan had an illumination while meeting a few students from Junior Enterprise at Ecole du Louvre, the art school which trains most French curators. As President of « Association pour la Sauvegarde de l’Art francais », he restores unlisted pre 1789 churches all around France. While talking to the students, he had the idea of sending them around the country, like « missi dominici » to find paintings and sculptures to restore. Oriane Guineau, a young woman from the program, chose a beautiful 17 th century, polychrome oak wood Christ, from the Noyon cathedral, which had been abandoned in the « jubé » room. I decided to follow her work and thanks to her, I discovered one of the most charming little towns from Picardie, in the North of France.Read More

Pierre-Alexis Dumas a new President for Musée des Arts Décoratifs

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Pierre ALexis Dumas, a hong president with a brilliant heritage

Pierre Alexis Dumas, a young president with a brilliant heritage

A younger President is taking over Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the very special museum dedicated to decorative arts, housed in the Louvre on the Rivoli side, which also includes a museum of fashion.
Pierre-Alexis Dumas, looks so much like his father Jean-Louis Dumas, whom everyone loved and still misses in Paris, that it is moving to see him taking the reins of an institution, run with energy for 18 years by Hélène David-Weil, and for a two year transition by banker Bruno Roger.Read More

Anselm Kiefer at his best…

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Heroisches Sinnbild III, 1970-71

Heroisches Sinnbild III, 1970-71, a self portrait wearing his father’s army boots

I ran into a friend who had seen the exhibition at the pre-pre-opening and told me « it’s very dark, very pessimistic »… Well I am glad I did not listen to her. The Anselm Kiefer retrospective at Centre Pompidou is one of the most powerful, luminous and exciting event that happened this year in Paris. And you have until April 18 th to run and see it.

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