Stained-glass windows as contemporary art


 

25 - Bensaken & Duchemin - Varennes Jarcy

Carole Benzaken/Ateliers Duchemin, Church of St Sulpice in Varennes-Jarcy, 1997-2000. © Photo Harry Bréjat

Second world war had one positive effect on French art : most stained-glass windows in French cathedrals were destroyed and thus as early as 1957, new windows were commissioned from famous French artists. Chagall, Bissière, Villon, Alberola, Rouan, Soulages, Garouste… all worked to restore or create over 2 000 new churches.

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“Dheepan” does not let us down

Jacques Audiard and part of the cast at the Cannes Film festival

Jacques Audiard and part of the cast at the Cannes Film festival

When I read that « Dheepan », a film with unknown Sri Lankan actors, had won the Palme d’Or in Cannes last May, I must admit I had some doubts. This year’s jury probably wanted to be politically correct again ! But my incontrollable curiosity led me to the cinema, on opening day in Paris and I was happily surprised. The film is brilliant, very strong, although a bit too violent for my taste, and mostly, its characters are very moving and remained on my mind for weeks.

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Louvre Lens, three years later

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Designed by the Japanese firm SANAA, Louvre Lens opened in December 2012

Descente de Croix, Paris

Descente de Croix, is part of the exhibition d’Or et d’Ivoire

When in December 2012, the Louvre museum opened a satellite in Lens, a mine workers town, 90 mns North of Paris, the International community raved about the SANAA flat silver building. In the snow and with grey skies, the effect was fabulous and mysterious. Inside, the Grande Galerie -which shows over 120 meters, works ranging from the Egyptians to 19 th century French painters such as Ingres- gives a wonderful vision of history of Art. It is as easy to visit as an upscale supermarket and children have fun with their parents.Read More

Cap Ferret launches the “Rentrée Littéraire”

Cap Ferret, a very long peninsula south of Bordeaux, has become the it place for summer

Eating foie gras and swimming in huge waves on Ocean beach at Cap Ferret, a trendy summer resort an hour south of Bordeaux, is wonderful enough but when you do it at the end of the summer, in the company of such brilliant writers as Alain Mabanckou, Brigitte Giraud and Philippe Trétiack, it is much more fun.

At Alice, good wines are sold along literary finds

At Alice bookstore, good wines are sold along literary finds

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Fondation Bemberg, a hidden gem in Toulouse

The Renaissance Hotel d'Assézat houses the Bemberg collection

The Renaissance Hôtel d’Assézat houses the Bemberg collection

Georges Bemberg a Renaissance Man who died at 94

Georges Bemberg a Renaissance Man who died at 94

It is rare to fall in love so fast with an art collection as I have in Toulouse this week. I had wanted to visit Fondation Bemberg for a long time and four years after the death of its genius creator, Georges Bemberg, I was invited by its new president, Art historian and gallerist Guillermo de Osma, to tour this spectacular private collection with its director of 20 years, Philippe Cros, who is the collector’s living memory. And I was mesmerized.Read More

Jean Rochefort, in full form at 85

Sandrine Kiberlain and Jean Rochefort, a wininng team!

Sandrine Kiberlain and Jean Rochefort, a wininng team!

« Floride » is a strange title for a film on the topic of Alzheimer : in director Philippe Le Guay’s film, the word symbolizes the dream of a father to visit his daughter, who died eight years ago and lived in Miami. The story is charming, absurd, moving, funny and dark at the same time, but the main interest is Jean Rochefort, who at 85 manages to occupy the screen for 90 mns. And he is so attractive !

The fashion codes are fabulous

The fashion codes are fabulous

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Glacier National Park, a real surprise

A view from the hotel over Waterton lake

A view from the Prince of Wales hotel on Waterton lake

Driving to Glacier National Park at the border of Montana and Canada, can sound like a big adventure, especially when the Going-to-the-sun road (opened in 1932) is closed for fire alerts, but I must admit that the five hour or so drive from Missoula was only fun and beauty as far as I am concerned. After a shopping spree at Betty’s Divine, a vintage store managed by Miranda Hickox, I loved going along Flathead Lake and buying different kinds of excellent cherries under pouring rain. When we arrived at the Prince of Wales hotel in time for a gin and tonic in front of the setting sun, I felt blessed.

Prince of Wales hotel was inaugurated after the future Edward the 8 th bought a large ranch nearby.

Prince of Wales hotel was inaugurated after the future Edward the 8 th bought a large ranch nearby.

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Bistro Urbain, a cool menu and beautiful girls!

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On rue du Faubourg St Denis, Bistro Urbain is a winner

It was a nice surprise, since going to one of your friends restaurant can be a real disappointment, but this summer outing at Bistro Urbain recommended by my young friend Matthias Weber, was a real delight. It is fashionably located in the 10 th near Gare de l’Est on the rue du faubourg St Denis which is a bobo destination for 30 to 40 year old couples. The name comes from the owner/manager Samuel Urbain!Read More