Tintoretto surprises us at Musée du Luxembourg

Tintoretto and studio, Christ and the adultery woman, ca 1547-1549, Palazzo Barberini

You might only know Tintoretto (1518-1594) for his fabulous paintings made at Scuola di San Rocco in Venice in 1564. I always make sure to go there whenever I visit the city of the Doges. But you will be surprised to find, here at Musée du Luxembourg, a very different artist, whose paintings of ladies are totally romantic and charming. I was mesmerized by what I discovered in this show devoted to his first 15 years.Read More

Artists jewels at MAD, not so sensuous!

Alexander Calder, Necklace, 1950, guilt bronze, collection Louisa Guinness, London

“Artists’ jewels are like miniature sculptures” said Karine Lacquemant, the curator of the show “From Calder to Koons, artists’ jewels” at MAD. the exhibition is based on Diane Venet‘s fabulous collection, but it also comprises many paintings and sculptures that inspired jewelry. Don’t go there expecting to see magical stones. It is all about shapes.

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A restaurant for the show near Parc Monceau

Le Camondo has a lovely bar and courtyard

We did not have a reservation for lunch and when we arrived at Le Camondo, the very pretty restaurant designed in the former carriage house of the eponymous Museum,  there was not much effort made to accommodate us. We sat at the bar and had a glass of wine, finally ordered some food and watched the crowds of office-people-who-want-to-have-a-leisurely-lunch walk in. A large group of women only were probably there to celebrate Women’s day, some business men with the pretentious look of advertising executives, were sitting down and the Italian maître d’ was nice but not helpful. Who did we think we were to show up without booking?Read More

Lally, the great French golf champion has left us

Lally with first husband Jacques de Saint Sauveur whom she married at 18

Lally de Saint Sauveur (1921-2018), did everything very young, better than everyone and with a genuine modesty and elegance that every great golfer envied her. In 2015, she became an honorary member of the Royal and Ancient, in Saint Andrews, one of only seven lady members. She was the greatest golfer France ever counted with more than 40 victories in National and International championships. She died in Paris on Saturday, March 3, at 96. Read More

Lafayette Anticipations, a new meeting place in the Marais

The façade on rue du Plâtre is already playful

 

The concept store Colette closed last December, a new artists’s store is born in the Marais : « A Rebours » inspired by Joris Karl Huysmans’ famous novel (Against the grain), a novelty store which is the tip of the icebeerg of the new Lafayette Anticipations Foundation. You will not find an art collection there but a building enlarged and renovated by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, which is meant to become the centre of « Branchitude » (trendiness) at the heart of the Marais. Everything is written in English only, it is a sign…Read More

Martin Margiela, a double bill at Galliera and MAD

Group of Tabi shoes electroplated in silver, inspired by the Japanese Tabis, Spring summer, 2009, Fashion Museum Antwerp

I had never bought a Martin Margiella outfit and I went to his Palais Galliera’s retrospective with leaded feet. Well, I was totally mesmerized by what I saw there, the incredible audacity of the Belgian designer who started as Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant and went on to become women’s designer for Hermès. Musée des Arts Décoratifs newly called MAD, will also show the latter work on March 22.Read More

Daimyo warriors at Musée Guimet

Pair of archer’s gloves (yugake) in Swede and gold threads, with the coat of arms of Tokugawa Yoshikatsu, mid 19 th century

This exhibition could be called, “How to impress the opponent with glamorous armors”, for the collection of 33 Daimyo war lord costumes at Musée Guimet are worthy of Christian Lacroix’s imagination and fashion styles even though they were made in 15th-19th century Japan. Read More

Two new French actors enchant our evenings

Galatea Bellugi transperces the screen in “l’Apparition”

A film and a play have revealed two newcomers on the French scene, Galatea Bellugi in “l’Apparition”, a film by Xavier Giannoli and Rod Paradot who plays an unhappy teenager with Yvan Attal in “Le Fils”, the new play by Florian Zeller. Both are fabulous actors with original looks, a genuine naiveté and singular beauty. Read More