Posts Tagged ‘art & culture’

Paris Luxury: A Special Peek behind the Scenes

No one does style better than Paris luxury brands. This year, for the first time ever, 25 key players in that market will welcome visitors into their workshops, private mansions and family vineyards. They are calling the occasion Les Journées Particulières and describe it as “a voyage through the most emblematic and inspiring sites of luxury.” It will be a very special, totally French tribute to this autumn’s theme—le voyage—of the Journées du Patrimoine.

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Paris Day Trips: Following Van Gogh

Van Gogh, or as the Parisian’s pronounce his name, “Van Gawhogg,” is perhaps my favorite 19th-century artist. I only hesitate because I have yet to see this season’s Caillebotte exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André. I love the energy that is clear in Vincent’s brushstrokes and his dynamic color palette that makes his work almost dance before your eyes. Naturally, I find it completely thrilling that seeing where Van Gogh created his last 70 masterpieces is an easy day trip from Paris.

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18th-century clothing and Chanel dresses in the Salon des Glaces, at Versailles

Paris Fashion: Three Centuries of Couture

This month, Paris fashion lovers flock to the fall couture shows. But most will also make a pilgrimage to Versailles. They want to see that landmark show, “The 18th Century Back in Fashion,” currently installed in the château’s Grand Trianon.

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Anish Kapoor's Leviathan at Monumenta, Grand Palais, Paris 2011

Art in Paris: A Masterpiece

A few years ago I was at an art exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, one of the most important museums in Paris. The show was about spirituality in art or something like that. I am a bit vague on the details because as I was strolling through the exhibition, I was falling in love. Yes, it was one of my first dates with the Frenchman. But it was also my first encounter with the work of Anish Kapoor. Kapoor is an Indian-born artist who lives and works in London, where he is one of the leading figures in the contemporary art world.

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A mask by the French street-artist Gregos

Paris Art: The Man behind the Mask

Paris has a lively street-art scene that has gone well beyond standard graffiti. The artist Invader has mounted mosaics of Space Invaders across the city, and Miss.Tic is famous for her pochoir tags of sassy women boasting witty puns, while poster art of Marilyn and Michael (Jackson) is everywhere. These artists have become so popular that they have been allowed to run wild with entire streets, like the rue Dénoyez just off the Belleville metro stop in the 20th Arrondissement, and you can now purchase their work for your home interior at popular Paris art galleries like Galerie Ligne 13 and Galerie Onega.

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The Rue du Pont Louis Philippe

The rue du Pont Louis Philippe is a tiny street that runs from the rue de Rivoli to the Seine, a distance of about 200 yards. Because it is so tiny, and because it is located in a no-man’s-land between the very popular Marais and the equally inundated Ile St.-Louis, this street gets very little press, which is great for locally owned businesses that have been pushed out by international chains from the two other locations. And it is also great for visitors who want to explore a bit off the beaten path and do some shopping in Paris, without going too far astray.

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The papeterie Tout Noté

Purely Paris: Tout Noté for the Perfect Gift

The name of the papeterie Tout Noté translates as Everything Noted and, if you need the perfect gift from Paris, take those words literally. Why? Step inside this shop in the 5th and you enter a little jewel box. The real surprise of this boutique—twice as large as it looks from outside—is its range of unexpected yet very packable treasures.

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New in Paris: March Edition

The Radisson Blu Ambassador Hotel, located in the Opéra district, just went through a renovation. Located near the Opéra Garnier, the 297 rooms and suites of the Paris hotel are housed in a Haussmann building dating back to 1927. The redecorated rooms now reflect a relaxing yet contemporary decor thanks to English designer Paul Bevis, who used marble, wood, leather and luxurious fabrics in shades of purple and beige. Rooms on the top floors are afforded fabulous views of Paris rooftops, the Opéra Garnier and the Eiffel Tower. The addition of an executive lounge on the eighth and top floor is devoted entirely to welcoming V.I.P. clients. Amenities include free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the property, Nespresso machines in business rooms and suites, a breakfast buffet, a fitness center and the hotel’s signature

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New in Paris: February Edition

Royal Garden Champs Elysées has recently undergone a makeover of its 72 rooms, suites and apartments. The hotel, which holds a prime location near the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe, has been transformed into an elegant and modern space decorated in the French style.

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Missed the Show? Don’t Miss: Some of the Best Books on Paris!

Last year’s exhibitions here were fabulous but, if you missed one, you can still buy the catalog—collecting these is a great way to amass the best books on Paris. The lavish volumes are seductive treats, widely available and stuffed with “extras” not in the shows. Every year, Parisians give in and buy stacks of them. Prices are usually around 45 to 50 euros, but: you’ll have something you’ll always treasure.

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Want to Understand Paris Fashion? Here’s the Ideal History

This is installment two of the “Ideal History” of modern Paris fashion by the Musée de mode et de textile. Part one covered the 1970s and 1980s and now we get the years between 1990 and 2000. These 150 examples feature some of the art’s great names and introduce the couture we know as “contemporary.”

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