Color and Couples in art celebrated in Metz

Romaine Brooks, “By the sea” or “Portrait of the artist”, (summer 1912), Centre Pompidou

It’s always a great joy to board the train for the one hour and fifteen minutes ride to Metz, where Centre Pompidou organizes the most intriguing exhibitions. At the moment, “The adventure of color” a selection of works from the Pompidou center in Paris is an easy show for all publics with some marvelous works by Morrelet and Matisse. And the very much talked about “Modern couples”,  puts forward 40 arts couples from 1900 to 1945. Both shows are worth the trip and they complement each other perfectly.Read More

“Les Etés de la danse”, an American ballet festival

The Pacific Northwest ballet “Emergence” choreographed by Crystal Pite, photo Angela Sterling.

It was my first visit to the Seine Musicale, the large concert hall built by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines on Ile Seguin in Boulogne and the occasion was a performance of the Pacific Northwest Ballet from Seattle. A large contingent of West coast benefactors made this evening very special as did my discovery of the new stage of the west of Paris. Out of 2 000 spectators only three men wore a tie and they were American. Popular culture is hot in Paris!Read More

Prix Pierre-Antoine Berheim, a very special emotion

Michel Zink presiding the ceremony in the superb Grande Salle des Séances de l’Institut de France

Every year for the past six Prize givings, the emotion is intense in memory of Pierre Antoine Bernheim, a brilliant mind who had decided to leave the financial world where his father Antoine excelled, and join the small circle of intellectuals thinking about the weight of religion in our lives. He published seven books including a History of Paradises, in 2011.  The laureate this year was Guillaume Cuchet for “Comment notre monde a cessé d’être chrétien” published by Le Seuil with Hélène Carrère d’Encausse and Jacques Toubon actively involved. Read More

The first Lady print maker enters the Académie des Beaux Arts

Triptych, “Le Grand Pin”, 2016, carborundum print, at Document 15

Astrid de La Forest has been an artist and a print maker for twenty years. This month, she has two exhibitions in Saint Germain des Prés and she gloriously entered the French Académie des Beaux Arts as the first lady print maker ever. She was received by  Erik Desmazières and joined Hugues Gall, Henri Loyrette and so many creative musicians and choreographers. She is showing monoprints at Galerie La Forest Divonne (which belongs to her sister) and prints at Documents 15. And a catalogue raisonné of her work is being published by Editions des Cendres & Galerie Documents 15. Read More

Cassel, a wonder town in Flanders

Portrait of a woman with a lace collar, late 1620’s, Vienna, Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künsten

You have probably never been to Cassel, on the border of France and Belgium where Marshall Foch had his headquarters during the First world war,  and neither had I until last week when I was invited to see a new exhibition on Gaspar de Crayer, 1584-1669, a follower of Rubens and Van Dick, who was famous until the 19 th century. French revolutionaries seized his religious works in churches and this was the end of his popular success. The Musée de Flandre in Cassel is showing fifty of his paintings and drawings lent by the Prado, the Metropolitan Museum, the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna, the Courtauld, the Scottish National Gallery, and the Uffizi in Florence…  And in Ghent, on the other side of the border, six of his very large paintings are shown at the Museum of Arts as well as in the cathedral.Read More

A classical bistrot with charm

The decor is cosy and the waiters handsome at Café Max

I was complaining last week end to members of Club des Cent, a very exclusive French association of gourmets founded in 1912, that there were no real bistrots left in Paris, when one of them told me about Café Max. A place where you can bring anyone, for a confortable dinner with good service, nice white tablecloth and traditional cooking for under 70€. So I went for dinner with an old friend and we both enjoyed the atmosphere and the owner, Valdo Riva, very much.Read More

French artists in exile in London, at Petit Palais

James Tissot, “Empress Eugénie and the Prince Imperial in Camden Place park”, Chislehurst, 1874-75

Some of you might have already seen this exhibition in London but if you haven’t, please rush to the Petit Palais to discover the variety and lush of “Impressionists in London, French artists in exile, 1870-1904″. It starts with a very dark room of paintings of Hôtel de Ville and Palais des Tuileries destroyed by the fire of the Commune in 1871, and takes us on a ferry to London where some artists had fled with the Emperor and his family and others like Carpeaux were exiled by the Communards. The mix of sculptures and paintings is perfect and one goes from discovery to discovery with a whole room devoted to James Tissot.Read More

In Chantilly racecourses also hang on the walls

His Highness the Aga Khan inaugurates the exhibition curated by Henri Loyrette at the Jeu de Paume of Chantilly

The calm was very extraordinary on the eve of the Prix de Diane Longines, the greatest racing event in Chantilly and also a major social day. His Highness the Aga Khan, who reigns over the castle with his Foundation, was happily cutting the ribbon with his daughter Zahra and Henri Loyrette, former President of the Louvre who curated the show. A group of Friends from the National Gallery in London had previously enjoyed the visit of the castle with Nicole Garnier, head curator.

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