Bernard de Fallois has left us and he will be missed

Bernard de Fallois with Joël Dicker in 2015

The day after he died, his office was well organised with a new manuscript still unpacked, lying on his desk. Five « orphans », Christophe, Marie-Claire, Philippine, Tristan and Anne, his faithful collaborators, were meeting to discuss the future of the house which he had founded 30 years ago when he left Editions Julliard. Bernard de Fallois was one of the last great publishers of the 20 th century in Paris and had become a sort of legend when, well past the age of retirement, he published Joël Dicker, a 32 year old Swiss writer who sold millions of copies of his « La Vérité selon Harry Québert ».Read More

Many events to look forward to in 2018

In January, Sam Szafran will be showing his wonderful paintings at Claude Bernard’s gallery starting on Wednesday January 17th until March 3, 7/9 rue des Beaux Arts. Olivier Saillard who has left Palais Galliera, will be producing an exhibition on Azzedine Alaïa‘s career on January 21, in the late designer’s gallery, 21 rue de la Verrerie. And on January 21, Georg Baselitz will be opening a show of his lifelong works at Fondation Beyeler in Basel to celebrate his 80 th birthday.  2018 looks like it will be an artistic year again in Parisdiary.Read More

At La Maison Rouge, three great surprises…

Annette Messager, The ghosts of the seamstresses, 2014-2015 , 54 elements in skaï and strings

I was worried that the Marin Karmitz collection at La Maison Rouge would be all black and white pictures devoted to the holocaust and I was wrong. When I entered the show, « Etranger résident » (Resident foreigner or legal alien ?), I fairly soon fell upon the Jean Dubuffet room : there, I fell in love with the show and went back to the beginning and through the black and white pictures again including the Swiss Gotthard Schuh one of Robert Frank’s master.Read More

Tokyo-Paris a long lasting love and a year of celebrations!

Pianist Gen Tomuro at France Amérique

When Richard Flahaut introduced pianist Gen Tomuro in the salons of France Amérique, he talked about the great understanding of music that the Japanese and the French share. And this young man who studied with Philippe Entremont and is finishing a masters in London, is proof of it. His program of Granados, Schumann, Poulenc and Stravinsky was absolutely delightful and his fingering fascinating to watch from close up. He will be playing in Japan in January but should be back to celebrate the Year of Japan in Paris, starting next July, which commemorates 150 years of French Japanese diplomatic relations.Read More

Marilyn Yalom, champion of the heart

This medieval brooch from the British Museum is a the origin of the book

When I met Marilyn Yalom, twenty years ago, she was just publishing “A History of the Breast”, which started in the Middle Ages and ended with Madonna. A historian, very francophile and a contributor to the center for women’s studies at Stanford University, Marilyn has steadily published eight major books on women and death. She is married to the great San Franciso psychoanalyst, Irv Yalom, and is publishing this week « The Amorous heart, an unconventional History of love », on the love symbol. It is an erudite, beautiful and enticing read. Don’t wait for Valentine to buy it !Read More

Comte Ory sings at Opéra Comique and in Versailles

Comte Ory disguised as a hermit seduces the crowds, photo, Vincent Pontet

With this new production of “Comte Ory” by Gioachino Rossini, Théâtre National de l’Opéra comique proves that, after one year post-renovations, it has found its marks with its director Olivier Mantei. The work directed by a team from Comédie Française, Denis Podalydès, Eric Ruf and the magical Christian Lacroix for costumes, has been sold out for months. It will have two extra evenings at Versailles this month in the Théâtre Royal.Read More

Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, from Paris

The most wonderful Christmas tree in Paris is at Opera Garnier in the Foyer, photo rudi Fernandez Cardenas

I looked around Paris to find a pretty Christmas tree for you, all the hotels are lit in the most exquisite way but the most glamorous decor is certainly that of Opera Garnier where I heard a wonderful “Clemenzia de Tito” with Stéphanie d’Oustrac in Sesto and Ramon Vargas in Tito.  The Foyer has never looked so good!

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