A glimpse at the Paris Biennal

An exceptional “toi et moi” ring made of fancy vivid blue and intense fancy pink marquise diamonds was the talk of the Biennal at Moussaieff

Everyone was complaining as always that the Paris Biennal was very thin this year, due to all the furniture scandals that took place last year. There were fewer jewelers and more modern art booths. But I found six wonderful reasons to be happy when I had lunch at the center of the vegetal walls under the sunny Grand Palais glass roof.Read More

Maria Callas, celebrated everywhere

It’s been 40 years since she left us, and Maria Callas has remained in our hearts and on our minds ever since as the greatest opera voice and actress of the second half of the 20 th century. Yet I was surprised to have dinner with a young French diplomat last week who had never heard of her ! So the exhibition at la Seine Musicale is terribly important. And it is a good reason to discover the new auditorium set on Ile Seguin in Boulogne.Read More

Raymond Depardon “Chez” Cartier Besson

Raymond Depardon, Prise de Faya-Largeau par les combattants du Frolinat, Chad, 1978

Raymond Depardon was born in 1942 in a farm near Villefranche sur Saône, in Burgundy. His early life was not easy but he always knew that photography was his passion, as he was telling us at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, where a hundred of his pictures are exhibited until December 17. And very soon his parents accepted the fact that he would not become a farmer. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his photos in Chad in 1977.Read More

Chantilly at its grandest

The guests were welcomed by Hubert Michaux and Les Sonneurs de la Nonette

It was a very International affair but also a privileged family moment which took place at Château de Chantilly on Prince Amyn Aga Khan’s 80 th birthday and all guests were mesmerized by the beauty of the castle which houses the largest collection of paintings in France besides the Louvre.Read More

Photos, photos and more at MEP

Anne and Patrick Poirier, “Paysages révolus, Selinunte series”, August-September 1974

The first exhibitions of the Rentrée in Paris were held last week at Maison Européenne de la Photographie and there were three openings at the same time. The French artists Anne and Patrick Poirier are showing old and new photographs “Vagabondages argentiques, 50 ans de bricolage photographique”, the Burmese-Indian father and son Richard and Pablo Bartholomew are exhibited in parallel in “Affinités” and 44 year old Chinese artist Liu Bolin introduces us to his “Ghost stories”. It is a fireworks of talent organised by Jean-Luc Monterosso, director of MEP.

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Martigny, the center of artistic world, again

Madame Cézanne à l’éventail, ca 1878-1888, Fondation E. G. Bührle, Zürich. The painting used to belong to Gertrude Stein

Cecilia Bartoli was singing at Fondation Pierre Gianadda for the 25 th time and Daniel Marchesseau was curating an exhibition there for the fifteenth time. The combination of Haendel sung by the diva with cellist Sol Gabetta and her brother’s baroque orchestra, Cappella Gabetta, with a hundred paintings and drawings by Paul Cézanne in the background, was a winner. Again the town of Martigny, just below Verbier, attracted 800 music lovers cramped in the museum and Leonard Gianadda, 82, could be proud of himself and of his faithful public.Read More

Pink Mamma, needs improvement

Tartare with truffles and anchovy sauce

I have always so loved my pizzas and parma ham at East Mamma on faubourg Saint Antoine,  that I was looking forward to having lunch at Pink Mamma, the new Mamma group antenna, opened last June in the 9 th arrondissement,  by Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux. They have added great red meat to the Italian menu but the vegetables and service  need improving! Read More

Jean Bissonnet, a young butcher who went very far

Hard work, shooting and food were the theme of the evening at Hôtel de Guénégaud

The theme of the evening at Club de la Chasse et de la Nature, was the crowning of a very long working life, that of Jean Bissonnet, who started as a young butcher in Paris at 18 and is now, at 87, at the head of an empire of real estate, butcher shops and a shooting paradise near Orléans, called Domaine de l’Etoile. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by Henri de Castries, President for Europe of General Atlantic, and a shooting companion of his sons and grandson, Jean Baptiste.Read More