A new reason to go to Hôtel Drouot!

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Choosing a Scotch! The brass sculpted wall by Erwan Boulloud was commissioned by Jean Claude Binoche

The auction house, Hôtel Drouot has always been a place of fascination and sometimes a very intimidating one for visitors. Now that it has added a restaurant and bar, « l’Adjugé » in the hall, it should be even livelier than ever.

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Pol Bury’s necessary come back

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Sociologist Velma Bury with curator Daniel Marchesseau in front of “4087 cylindres érectiles”, 1972

Kinetic sculptor Pol Bury died ten years ago but his wife, the New York sociologist Velma Bury, and his long time friend and museum curator Daniel Marchesseau, are well alive. And they were asked to organize  a restrospective of this major Belgian artist’s work at Espace Fondation EDF, next door to Le Soufflé Récamier. Thanks to Hubert Le Gall’s scenography, it is a breath of fresh air, a moment of joy, a dance of sculptures, all animated by « La fée électricité »  as Dufy called it…

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“25 oeufs sur un plateau”, 1970 (a moving sculpture)

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A genius clarinetist at the US Embassy

Hotel de Pontalba, an 18 th century house is the residence of the US ambassador

Hotel de Pontalba, built in 1855, is the residence of the US ambassador

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Madame Ambassador and very elegant Stanford Warshawsky

« Madame Ambassador » was hosting a concert with five soloists from the New York Philharmonic, what a treat to be invited! A small group of French politicians including President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, former Minister of Health Roselyne Bachelot and diplomats Benoît d’Aboville and Jean David Levitte were happy to celebrate with her.

Clarinetist Anthony McGill

Clarinetist Anthony McGill

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Napoleon’s last visit to La Malmaison

Joséphine's red bedroom facing the beautiful park

Josephine’s red bedroom facing the beautiful park

Joséphine's white angle bedroom

Joséphine’s white angle bedroom

La Malmaison is the fairly small country house that Josephine found for Napoléon and herself in 1799 ; it is located in Rueil, a chic suburb 30 mns west of Paris. The long tree lined avenue, which used to be the main road from St Germain to Paris, leads to the charming « Consular style » house that is especially pretty in early June when the collection of ancient roses are in bloom.9780307962928

On this topic you can read the fun book by Andrea de Robilant, « Chasing the Rose » (Knopf) which describes the passion some collectors have for old roses and Joséphine was one of them.

 

 

 

 

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Indulge in softness

Broceliande

Broceliande sheets

If you have never tried a pair of linen or Egyptian cotton sheets, this is the time and place start. It took me about forty years to understand that and then, I got addicted. “Vis à Vis” is a fairly new shop hidden in a courtyard of Faubourg St Honoré, between Lanvin and Gucci. The atmosphere is cold and intimidating at first, but once you have asked a hundred questions to the nice saleswoman, it feels a bit warmer.

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Giverny forever

The famous pond created by Monet in a field

The famous pond created by Monet in a field

The waterlilies were not in bloom and Hugues Gall, the brilliant President of the Monet Foundation was not in town, but our day in Giverny was nonetheless scintillating. My initial desire was to visit the Degas exhibition at the Musée des Impressionismes (former American Museum) and I picked a very sunny day to drive up to Giverny (one hour from Paris). The walk from the parking to the museum is already an introduction to the mosaic of flowers that we were going to discover all day.

Houses on the sea shore

Maisons au bord de mer, pastel sur papier chamois, by Degas,© RMN-Grand Palais

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An author, a translator and a great book!

Gerald Shea with his editor Gregory Martin and his good fairy, Aurélie Delfly

Gerald Shea with his editor Gregory Martin and his good fairy, Aurélie Delfly

The Albin Michel bookstore was ready for Gerald Shea’s book signing event on boulevard St Germain. Guests were arriving, the white wine was chilled, books were piled up on a tidy table. But the author was nowhere to be seen. He had been kept at Canal Plus television, for the taping of a top Saturday night broadcast with Thierry Ardisson! where he sang “Oh what a beautiful morning” fem the musical Oklahoma and imitated President Kennedy, live.

Priscilla de Moustier, André Citroën and Anna Jarota

Priscilla de Moustier, André Citroën and Anna Jarota

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Markus Lüpertz, a talented dandy

Markus Lüpertz, a true dandy (photo Laure Martin)

Markus Lüpertz, a true dandy (photo Laure Martin)

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He stands wearing a black hat and a stick and speaks in slow elegant German : Markus Lüpertz was at the Museum of Modern art of the City of Paris to present his new show of 140 paintings and sculptures. He is magnificent. « I am fascinated and very happy that my work is competing today with the beauty of Paris ». The day was a stunning spring sunny clear day and the Eiffel tower was glowing in front of the museum. Read More