Kura, the best sushi in town

 

The warm and quiet decoration of the private room contrasts with the outside

The warm and quiet decoration of the private room contrasts with the grim outside

Finding good Japanese restaurants that are not overpriced is not so easy in Paris and I was very excited when my blond Australian friend « who speaks Japanese fluently » took me to Kura, the ugliest looking place in the 16 th arrondissement near La Muette. Well it was a major surprise, for the food was delicious and the atmosphere lovely, with a charming Japanese manager who has been living in Paris long enough to be voluble and smiling !Read More

Victor Hugo, Jean Hugo and more Hugos

Marie and Jean Baptiste Hugo, she pairs and he is a photographer

For two days last week, I kept on bumping into friends from London and from Provence who had come to Paris for the Hugos openings. Hugo like Victor Hugo, whose Museum on place des Vosges, is having an exhibition on “Five generations of artistic talents” by the famous writer’s heirs. But Hugo also, like Marie and Jean Baptiste, the two  children of the very talented Jean Hugo, who are showing their work at Galerie Catherine Houard, near café de Flore.Read More

Apollinaire, a fantastic art critic!

Apollinaire and his friends by Marie Laurencin, 1909

Apollinaire and his friends by Marie Laurencin, 1909

When you enter, the exhibition « Apollinaire le regard du poète » (the poet’s eye) at Musée de l’Orangerie in the Tuileries gardens, you hear the poet declaiming « Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine et nos amours » one of his most popular poems. In front of you, sits a bronze of Arlequin by Picasso, 1905, and behind hangs Jean Metzinger‘s Blue Bird, 1912-13 and an African sculpture of Yombe or Woyo Fétiche. The tone is set. Apollinaire’s eclecticism is concentrated in this first room.Read More

Marie Darrieussecq and her new German friend

Novelist Marie Darieussecq in front

Novelist Marie Darrieussecq in front of “Standing girl nude, turned to the left, arms crossed”, 1899. She is wearing an amber necklace similar to that of the painter

It’s always moving to discover a new artist who has been dead for over a hundred years. Paula Modersohn-Becker, was born in 1876 in Germany, lived in Bremen and Berlin, but spent a lot of time studying art in Paris. She died at 31 and is mostly collected in Germany. This is the reason why her first exhibition in France, at Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is an event. Julia Garimorth, the curator, and Marie Darieussecq, her French biographer, have united efforts to rediscover this courageous artist. They were both guiding the visit at the opening.Read More

Musée Rodin invites Richard Long and more…

Rabbit, shadow sculpture, 2010 by Mac Adams

“Rabbit, shadow sculpture”, 2010 by Mac Adams

Welsh born American artist, Mac Adams, admitted it was the first time he had ever come to Musée Rodin. But he spent the whole day in the archives and in the newly restored Hotel particulier of rue de Varenne and loved everything about it.Read More

Sabine Devieilhe, a total star in Somnambula

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Sabine Devieilhe does not only have a fabulous voice, she is also extremely pretty

There are magical evenings that one only lives through a few times in one’s life and Monday night at Théâtre des Champs Elysées was one of them. My good friend Sophie de Ségur, who knows the opera world in and out, had warned me : do not miss Sabine Devieilhe’s « Somnambula » in April, she is a major singer ! And so obediently, I booked (a strapontin, a folding seat) in an already full house and looked forward to rediscovering this young (30) soprano whom I had heard in Aix en Provence at the HSBC  Académie competition and also in Paris in their Champs Elysées salons. That was in 2012.Read More

Gardens and art, a true passion

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Jérôme Marcadé devotes his gallery Jardins en art, of rue Racine to photographs, paintings, sculpture and books on gardens

Jérôme Marcadé is a true passionate. He has a garden in Normandy, but he spends most of his time in his bookstore–gallery near théâtre de l’Odéon, where he invites photographers, sculptors, painters and writers to meet and discuss their work. His kingdom is a bit like a salon, where all forms of art are focused on plants and garden. It is a solar place with a very peaceful atmosphere and a chic patronage.Read More

“Dans l’atelier”, artists and photographs at work

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Self portrait of Charles Giraud in his atelier, 1870

Christophe Leribault, has again prepared a major surprise for us at Petit Palais, with this delightful exhibition « Dans l’atelier » (In the artist’s studio). It comprises over 430 photographs and one drawing of the way artists worked since photography is invented. With a mixture of contemporary photographs by Gérard Rondeau or Gautier Deblonde, the collection of 19 th century photos by Edouard Bénard and 20 th century by Willy Maywald, Doisneau or Brassaï, the show is a great success partially thanks to a clever hanging.

Fernand Léger photographed by Robert Doisneau

Fernand Léger photographed by Robert Doisneau

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