Posts Tagged ‘art’

Historic Paris Cafés

Can you write about historic cafés in Paris without mentioning Le Procope? This was the city’s very first café,…

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Paris art: a pleurant figurine at Musée de Cluny

Paris Art: Alabaster Tears at Musée de Cluny

In the metropolitan throng that is Paris, it’s sometimes easy to forget that this city is hundreds of years old and has seen as many changes in attitude and era as there have been centuries of occupants. But a trip to Musée de Cluny can instantly transport you back to the Middle Ages, with its ancient upholstery art, eroded sculptures and dazzling stained-glass rooms.

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Art in Paris: La belle et la bête, Jean Cocteau at the Cinémathèque française

Art in Paris: Our Top Tips for Fall

Autumn is the big season for art in Paris, and this year there are plenty of girly delights. From vintage thrills to male nudes, from video to high fashion, there’s something for anyone. Many of the shows look like blockbusters, so your motto needs to be book ahead! That said, here are your hot tips for the stylish season.

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Make Dior Your Paris Valentine

Photographer Gérard Uféras knows about fashion. But what he excels at is bringing the curious eye backstage. A former student of legendary French lensman Willy Ronis, Uféras also likes to spend time with a subject. Favorites include the worlds of opera and ballet, but he has now branched out—into fashion. Uféras’s new book Dior: 30, avenue Montaigne is a huge, magnificent tome. It’s also the perfect Paris valentine to couture. In focusing on that metier’s secrets and skills, he has forged a very special portrait.

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An Artful Look for a Day at the Museum

Tourists and locals are raving about the newly reopened mecca of modern and contemporary art, the Palais de Tokyo. Whether you are touring its galleries or dining in its chic restaurant, Tokyo Eat, this ensemble will show off your sense of style while keeping you comfortable during your visit.

Starting with a comfy Erdem knit dress, we layered up with a seasonal light leather jacket by Acne.

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The Louvre

Paris en Famille

Judging from the number of couples holding hands and looking lovingly into each other’s eyes as they walk along the Seine, past the Eiffel Tower, one is convinced that Paris remains a premier honeymoon destination. Practically speaking, the honeymoon is a newlywed couple’s vacation taken 1) when they have a rare, extended amount of time off work; 2) as a reward for tireless wedding planning; and 3) perhaps most important, because it may be the last time they travel without children in tow! But, traveling with kids in Paris can actually make the city come alive in a different and equally enjoyable way.

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When Louis Met Marc: Paris Fashion with an American Accent

In an upcoming exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris fashion meets New York know-how.

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Paris Art: Top Tips for Autumn

Paris art lovers go crazy during fall’s first months. The clouds lower, the air chills and all the action starts. This is la rentrée, the city’s big return to school, to post-vacation life—and to museums. This year, la rentrée debuts landmark changes. One is the unveiling of the Louvre’s new Department of Islamic Art. This structure, by Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti, has been keenly awaited. The city also unveils the first glimpse of voies sur berges, a reclamation of the Seine-side roadways for pedestrian use. Add to this a Rolodex of great art—and everyone’s happy.

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Stella McCartney in London

Finding Paris in London

In all our worldly travels, Paris remains one of our favorite places on earth. It’s nearly impossible for us to tear ourselves away from the enchanting City of Light once we’ve set foot on its storied boulevards. But since inevitably we must, we can’t help but seek out a little bit of Paris in every city we visit, whether it’s finding a replica of the classic French bistro in New York or sampling our favorite Parisian designer in Beijing.

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Hôtel des Académies et des Arts: A Unique Paris Hotel

Picking the perfect Paris hotel for your visit can be a challenge. With a plethora of options—from superchic to basic budget—it’s hard to know where to start. A boutique hotel that best matches your preferred style has many advantages; a small, intimate accommodation offers the personal touch.

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A "bird's nest" lamp from Storie, a unique boutique in the 14th Arrondissement of Paris

The Best-Kept Boutique Secret in Paris

With all the famous Paris shops and avenues, it’s hard to know where to find something unique. Where does one go for the off-the-beaten-path treasures? Over time some friends have shared their secret locations with me, places they love and can’t live without, and I’m proud to say that I now have my own! While most of my friends prefer to keep their shops to themselves to avoid throngs of people stealing their “it” dresses, shoes and decorative pieces, I can’t wait to tell you about my place.

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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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An Agnès B. boutique in the 6th Arrondissement, in Paris, features Basquiat in its shopwindows

Star of the Season: Paris Falls for Jean-Michel Basquiat

If you see only one exhibition while you’re in Paris, make it the Jean-Michel Basquiat retrospective. The now-astronomical value of anything touched by this artist makes it a miracle so many pieces were brought together (there are 160). But that’s not why it’s the biggest draw in town; people are going and going back again simply because they see mind-blowing art. Held in what would have been the artist’s 50th year, the show proves Basquiat’s trick of dressing home truths in magical guises still seduces after all the hype.

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New in Paris: April Edition

Taking its cue from the Opéra district, where it’s located, the Hôtel Athénée Paris is showing off its new decor with an operatic touch, courtesy of Jacques Garcia, who took his inspiration from the romanticism of 19th-century Italy. One of the best features of the Paris hotel is its luxuriously cozy Red Bar, which is decorated in deep purple and crimson tones, with plush and luxurious velvet couches and walls lined with original photos signed by the greatest opera stars. The bar offers the comfort of a private lounge and serves predinner drinks and cocktails. Each of the 20 guest rooms has its own unique score inspired by 4 timeless operas. Each room is graced with walls decorated by the Maison Pierre Frey, bespoke furniture, velvet and taffeta furnishings, a safe, a minibar, air-conditioning and an LED satellite TV. Gorgeous Bisazza mosaic glass tiles line the bathrooms. The hotel also features free Wi-Fi, luxury concierge service and a smoking lounge. Rates for doubles begin at 230 euros.

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Giverny

A day spent at the gardens and home of Monet at Giverny is a beautiful one, regardless of with whom you spend it, whether a fellow art lover or travel companion. And of course a sunny day spent among flowers in the green countryside of France lends itself easily to romance. But I decided to forge the way there on my own, and the peace and beauty of my day, along with the sense of Monet’s presence, were themselves a powerful accompaniment.

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