Geneva, a city full of surprises!

Agathe Velay’s smile is a reason in itself to go to La Vie des Champs

Once again I was drawn to Geneva by talented young people. Agathe Velay  started a year ago a successful restaurant “La Vie des Champs”, which caters mostly to International professionals from La Croix Rouge Internationale or the UN. Irena Josifoska and Mladen Tcholitch are both laureates from “Petit Prince foundation” for Serbian musicians. Spending the week end with them was a very special feast. Read More

Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson has a new home in the Marais

Henri Cartier-Bresson at home, Paris 1992

Entering one’s new house is always a moving moment. When it is for Fondation Henri-Cartier Bresson, whose removal was announced for months from its Montparnasse premises on impose Lebouis, it is even more exciting. With an obvious exhibition of Martine Franck‘s pictures,  the opening becomes a faultless event. The selection of photographs made by director Agnès Sire is fun, varied and not overwhelming. It is a true celebration of a talented photographer whose husband Henri Cartier- Bresson always cherished and encouraged.Read More

Bourdelle and students, a transmission lesson!

Auguste Rodin, Rose Beuret, 1902-1903, marble maybe cut by Bourdelle, Musée Rodin

Musée Bourdelle is one of these secret small museums in the Montparnasse area which one could forget to visit if there wasn’t an active politics of exhibitions. The present one “Transmission/transgression” is a moving study of how Antoine Bourdelle, a contemporary of Rodin, taught International artists who came from Japan, Poland, Russia and China…with Germaine Richier and Alberto Giacometti among the most famous. If you are at all interested in sculpture, this is the place to learn.Read More

At Fondation Custodia, Musée Cernuschi and Ji-Kabuki, Japan is everywhere

Senkyo Yamazalu, a zen and tea ceremony teacher in front of the fabulous National Treasure screen by Tawaraya Sotatsu from the Edo period

Since June, Paris has been buzzing with the Japanese season “Japonisme 2018” which celebrates 160 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and France. Japanese ambassador Masato Kitera,  who speaks perfect French,  attended Ecole Nationale d’Administration like his friend the Governor of Gifu prefecture, Hajime Furuta, who is also bilingual. They were hosting together a dinner and Ji-Kabuki performance at the Cultural center near the Eiffel Tower. At the same time, Musée Cernuschi is opening an exhibition of the Treasures of Kyoto and Fondation Custodia shows exceptional prints from the Elise Wessels collection at Nihon no hanga, Amsterdam.Read More

Tadao Ando, Tomas Saraceno and “Marxito”

Tomas Saraceno’s extraordinary spiderweb installation, ALGO-R(H)I(Y) THMS at Palais de Tokyo

What do Japanese architect Tadao Ando, Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno and French chef Thierry Marx have in common? They draw young urban art lovers in masses. And it is a duplicated pleasure to see how 25-30 years old crowd the Pompidou center, the Palais de Tokyo and restaurant “Marxito” on rue Jean Mermoz, with their energy, their red lipstick and their thirst for a new clean planet.Read More

In Roubaix, La Piscine is a temple for sculpture and local art

Ferdinand Gueldry, Sorting the wool, 1913

When you travel to Lille and its adjacent city of Roubaix, in the north of France, you enter a world of past huge wealth (the wool industry) which has been drastically erased in the 1970’s. Since, unemployment and desertification have been the mottos. A former swimming pool, La Piscine,  was transformed in 2001 into a museum of modern art with extended collections of sculpture and ceramics. It has just been enlarged by architect Jean-Paul Philippon and rooms dedicated to local history have been developed. It is spectacular!Read More

At Fondation Cartier, Geometry is Latin American!

Valdivia Sculpture, Ecuador, Stele with an owl shape, 3500–1500 B.C. Volcanic tuff,
Collection P. Janssen-Arts, © Hugo Maertens, Bruges

 

Fondation Cartier has accustomed us to fun and high quality exhibitions ranging from architecture to African art and photography. This time, “Southern geometries from Mexico to Patagonia” could seem like an aggregate of shapes and colors that have nothing in common. But it actually gives us a leading thread between pre Hispanic art and today’s Indian and contemporary art. It is entertaining and surprising.Read More

Elena Prentice and Gustav de Staël, a talented couple

Elena Prentice, Morning, 2018, Sumie-e and watercolor on paper

I have a weakness for a small gallery on rue de l’Echaudé, Documents 15,  which presents works on paper and mostly prints and etchings. This month’s show features a couple, Elena Prentice and Gustave de Staël, who are both wonderful artists. She paints with watercolor and he draws and prints. The hanging is perfect, and the very pretty space enlightens the talent of both artists who share their lives between Tangier, Paris and the East coast. Read More