Artists and robots, a new digital art

Peter Kogler, Untitled, 2018, a special labyrinth elaborated for the exhibition

The new exhibition at Grand Palais exploring  ties between “Artists and robots” is fun and diverse. It starts with Tinguely and Xenakis, both precursors of this art and takes us all the way with Italian music composer Jacopo Baboni Schillingi who lives with a breathing monitor on his body, that creates images 24/24. A good show to take kids, grandmothers and art lovers.

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Perfumes from China, a delightful lifestyle

Five pieces for the altar, Qianglong emperor, Qing dynasty, Shanghai museum

When the Cernuschi museum opened 120 years ago on parc Monceau, the monumental buddha in the main room was surrounded by incense burners,  reflecting what the founder of the museum, Henry Cernuschi, had noticed during his trip to Asia in 1871 to 1873. This is what enticed Eric Lefebvre, director of the museum, to research and produce this wonderful exhibition on Perfumes from China”  the culture of incense in times of the Emperors, with the vice director of the Shanghai museum, Li Zhongmou.Read More

Junya Ishigami, magic architecture at Fondation Cartier

Lecture Hall in Park Groot,  ©junya.ishigami+associates

The cherry trees at Fondation Cartier were in full bloom for Junya Ishigami‘s opening of twenty architecture designs and models. And discovering his work was a blessed moment. The laureate of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2010, Ishigami represents at 43, the young generation who devotes an important place to landscape, poetry and conceptualism in architecture. Recently celebrated at MoMA in New York, he shows in “Freeing Architecture” a new concept of nature invading buildings. It is totally magical.Read More

A singing marathon for Easter week

Magali Léger is a very lively soprano

We were in a very special place that Monday evening, the hôtel Collot where Nicolas and Alexis Kugel sell the most beautiful furniture, objects and paintings of Paris. To please their friends and to help the Orchestre Idomeneo conducted by Debora Waldman, they decided to organise an intimate evening of baroque music with two stars, soprano Magali Léger and mezzo Aude Extremo. The next evening, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers was indulging us with two amazing young children’s choruses from Toulouse and Copenhagen and on the third evening I heard Gluck’s Orpheus choreographed by Pina Bausch at Opéra Garnier. What a holy Easter week!Read More

The Qajar dynasty in Iran, more than just warriors

Attr to Mihr Ali, Fath Ali Shah on the throne ca 1800-1806. He was a fabulous sponsor of the arts

The new exhibition at Louvre Lens, “The Rose Empire” is devoted to the Qajar dynasty, who reigned over Persia from 1786 to 1925, when Reza Khan Pahlavi took over. Four hundred pieces came from 35 French institutions and private collections and twelve countries to describe the world of this family, whose descendants now mostly live in Europe and the United States. Portraits, photographs, carpets and textiles are witnesses of their great splendor. And the Louvre is exhibiting 50 chefs d’oeuvre at the National Museum of Iran. Read More

Gérard Garouste overtakes Paris by storm

Naaman, 2017 Photo B.Huet-Tutti

With three venues for a giant exhibition, Gérard Garouste finally gets the honors from his fellow Frenchmen. Musée de la Chasse in the Marais is showing his Acteon and Diana, a hunting theme, Daniel Templon has two shows in his two galleries on rue Beaubourg, and Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts celebrates his recent election at the Academy with a large installation. It is wonderful to see one of France’s most important painter, celebrated properly at last!

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A very festive Suez Canal at Institut du Monde Arabe

Théodore Frère, Promenade de l’Impératrice Eugénie en chameau dans le désert, 1869 © Souvenir de Ferdinand de Lesseps et du Canal de Suez / Lebas Photographie Paris

When you enter the first room of the exhibition “L’Epoque du Canal de Suez des pharaons au XXI ème siècle” at IMA, the red velvet curtain, the large screens with photographs commented by Frédéric Mitterrand’s inimitable voice, are a stark contrast to the Jean Nouvel building. Napoléon III’s era is at the heart of this illuminating show on one of the prowesses of the 19 th century. The piercing of the Egyptian canal by Ferdinand de Lesseps and its inauguration on November 17, 1869 shortly before the French Emperor/President was deposed. Many of his descendants attended the opening.
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