Borders, invisible and deadly

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Cheik Ledy, Demandeurs d’asile, 1994

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Picasso’s naturalization was refused by the Vichy regime in 1940

« Frontières », the new exhibition at Musée de l’Histoire de l’immigration, is a fascinating travel through time and civilisations. Based on short films, photographs, sculptures (by Brancusi) and paintings, it attempts to describe the numerous ordeals that would-be immigrants endure. Very much in the actuality, this theme has been recurrent since the 19 th century and has inspired many artists. The show, curated by Catherine Wihtol de Wenden and Yvan Gastaut is captivating and takes a little attention to follow properly, but it is immensely rewarding.Read More

Mary de Rothschild, a generous Lady

Mary de Rothschild, born Chauvin du Treuil (1916-2013),was one of the most elegant ladies of the 20 th century

Mary de Rothschild, born Chauvin du Treuil (1916-2013), was one of the most elegant ladies of the 20 th century

She married Baron Alain de Rothschild very young, after a mutual coup de foudre, and spent the war in New York, while he was detained in a military camp in Zoest. Until 1945, she remained without news from him and this probably contributed to the life long passion the couple had for each other. The grace and kindness she incarnated were visible till her later years.Read More

Travelling through Italian gardens

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Cactuses welcome you at Castello San Giuliano, in Sicily near Catana. The marquess traveled to Brazil in the 50’s and brought back more tropical plants

« L’Italie des Jardins » is the beautiful result of three years of traveling and many thousand years of growing : César Garçon, a garden lover turned photographer, and Pierre de Filippis, who runs a travel agency specialized in European garden tours, united their talents and knowledge to sum up the most important gardens of Italy.Read More

Rodin, revisited in style

The new installation is all about light as here in one of the oval rooms, "l'âge d'airain" is lit by two windows.

The new Musée Rodin is all about light, as here in one of the corner oval rooms, “l’Age d’airain” is lit through two windows. Photo Jérôme Manoukian

It would be easy to say that after a 16 €million renovation, Musée Rodin does not look any different than before the three year restoration. And in a way this is a blessing. But the changes are subtle and refined and rely mostly on a brilliantly computerized lighting system and on a new circulation of the public around the two floors, all offices having been suppressed. The walls that are not lined by oak panelings, are painted in « slipper satin », « Mouse’s back », « Skylight », « Blue Gray » and « Biron Gray » a color created especially by Farrow & Ball for Hotel de Biron. The place had been discovered by Rilke, Rodin’s secretary, in 1908 and turned into Musée Rodin in 1919.

Head of Madame Roll, 1887

Jeune femme au chapeau fleuri, 1870

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Maxim’s has its secret museum

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Musée Maxim’s shows Pierre Cardin’s Art nouveau collections

Many old Parisians have never heard of it let alone visited it, and yet Musée Maxim’s was opened eleven years ago to house Pierre Cardin’s Art Nouveau collections. When, in 1981, the couturier bought the famous Paris restaurant and the building above it (now he owns another one next-door), he already loved art and had been buying many pieces at auction.Read More

Karen Knorr goes East

Hei, photographed in Tokyo,

The Journey, Hie Torii, Tokyo, série Monogatari, 2015

American photographer Karen Knorr was born in Frankfurt and lives in London. She will be like every year, very present at Paris Photo (Nov. 11 to 15) at Grand Palais with her classical photographs of stuffed animals in exotic decors. A new show of her Japanese photographs, has just opened at Les Filles du Calvaire gallery and there, she takes a new step away from animals, in recreating contemporary geisha portraits.Read More

Saint-Roch, a very special church and now a book

photo Jean-François Fortchantre

With its doric columns designed by Robert de Cotte, the façade of Saint-Roch on rue St Honoré, photo Jean-François Fortchantre

The church of Saint-Roch, a few blocks from the Louvre and the Comédie Française, is very special to Parisians. Not only does it own one of the most precious religious art collections of the capital, it is also the parish of Artists. For that reason, it held many of the famous designers’, musicians’ or actors’ funeral masses including Yves Saint Laurent’s, actress Annie Girardot, photographer Kate Barry, actor director Georges Wilson, film director Philippe de Broca in 2004 and Molière’s anniversary mass every 17 th of February.

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Sepik, a river to be discovered

Don du capitaine Friedrich Haug le 12 novembre 1909

Feminine figure with parted legs, © Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo Ursula Didoni

The minute you enter the Sepik exhibition at Musée du quai Branly, you are transported to the other side of the world, watching fishermen on pirogues drifting on a very large river, the 1 126 km long Sepik. Since it was discoverers by Otto Finsch in 1886, the estuary of the Sepik in Papua-New Guinea (independent since 1975), just North of Australia, has been an object of study by German and Swiss scholars and the result of their discoveries is an incredible esthetic experience.Read More