Discover Provence and the French Riviera

Discover Provence and the French Riviera

27/08/2020

What would be your dream if you plan a stay in Provence or French Riviera for a few days? ArtLuxury Experience offers you a breathtaking offer, unique and à la carte, with a Taylor made program of various and exclusive experiences: cultural and historical guided tours, gastronomic tastings or local cooking classes, exceptional accommodation in luxury hotels or private châteaux etc!

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Among the large selection of memorable tours , we propose, for instance, the guided visit of the village Les-Baux-de-Provence. Built on a rocky spur, the Citadel of Les Baux-de-Provence offers an incomparable panorama of the Alpilles massif, the Crau plain swept by the Mistral and the Camargue.

The twenty or so inhabitants who still live within the enclosure, jealously protect an uncommon historical heritage, patiently restored. Your private guide will invite you to discover this fantastic and authentic region, unknown to the general public. And what if you stopped at an olive oil mill to discover the work of olive growing? You could taste the incredible olive oil of Provence!

Not far from there, do you know the city of Arles? A guided tour of the city awaits you.Arles is a real journey back in time where you can admire the jewels of Provencal Romanesque architecture. Discover the mysteries and particularities of the church, the cloister Saint Trophime and the alley of the Alyscamps.

 

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Still in the area, the famous Pont du Gard, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, awaits you, for a visit of the monument and the Roman canal with your private guide.

Are you a history buff? A magic word for you: Glanum. Glanum is a splendid Greco-Roman archaeological site nestled in the heart of a valley, shelters important religious and civil vestiges. Outside, the Mausoleum and the Arc de Triomphe, called the Antiques, once arched the entrance to the site. They were for a long time the only visible monuments. For short a memorable immersion in Antiquity.

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In the same spirit, the ancient Roman city of Orange has preserved its monuments, such as the Arc de Triomphe and the ancient theater, which every year hosts the festival of the Choregies of Orange… We offer you a guided tour of the ancient theater, one of the most beautiful legacies of Imperial Rome, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, it is the theaterthe best preserved in Europe !

Are you more of a fine wine amateur ? We invite you to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You will be able to enjoy an authentic local aperitif with a commented visit of the cellars, including of course the tasting of a multitude of local wines, including for example: Châteauneuf-du-Pape white, Côtes du Rhône red, Châteauneuf-du-Pape red Cuvée Tradition and Vieilles Vignes, accompanied by a buffet of products made by the village terroir craftsmen: farmhouse bread, tapenade, goat cheese, olives, delicatessen …

If you are fan of cooking and French cuisine we have the perfect activity for you: a bespoke Cooking Course!

First of all, you will go to the nearest market to choose your products, to cook irresistible local products! Then, accompanied by a renowned chef, you will go to the market to discover the vegetables of the region, which will serve as a basis for our recipes. Then visit a goat farm to get the cheeses that will accompany the meal. Then, discovery of the herb garden of the farmhouse “in season”, its local specificities and the must-sees. Meeting in the kitchen of the farmhouse where the Chef will introduce you to his recipes and his “little secrets”. How to make a pistou, how to roll a leg of lamb, how to cook vegetables in a crunchy way, how to raise fish fillets…and many more tricks of the hand to achieve culinary prowess.

Finally, to conclude your amazing journey we will select for you a fantastic dinner in a magnificent setting, for instance this exceptional 5* hotel – historical estate, which extends over seven hectares at the foot of the Alpilles, on the edge of Saint Remy de Provence in a setting of remarkable vegetation.

Besides exploring this unique Provence, would you prefer to discover and spend an exceptional bespoke stay in French Riviera? Are you rather into sunny beaches of the Mediterranean Sea? We also have a whole range of Taylor made experiences and services for you.

Do you love the smell of lavender and its charm that makes it a symbol of Provence and the French Riviera? Strolling along the coast? How about going with a private guide for a walk in the unmissable landscape of this region?

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In addition we could also offer you a unique VIP workshop, where you can make your own perfume by your own hand, in one of the most famous perfumeries that our planet is home to.

Furthermore, of course, how not to evoke the world of wine and what surrounds it. We offer you an exceptional VIP tour to the most exceptional wineries you can find. Visit of vineyards, cellars, and of course wine tasting. All this in one place, in a castle of unrivalled charm.

If these few illustrations of our offerings has succeeded to seduce you, we are at your entire disposal to organize the stay of your dreams in these wonderful regions of Provence and the French Riviera.

If what you have just read has seduced you, we are at your disposal to organize the stay of your dreams in this wonderful region that is Provence and French Riviera.

Reopening of the parisians palaces !

Reopening of the parisians palaces !

20/08/2020
Last month, ArtLuxury informed you of the reopening of the hotel offer in Paris and France. We are pleased to keep you informed about the updates and provide you with a few more details as per today!

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Our selection of vintage cars for an amazing City Tour of Paris

Our selection of vintage cars for an amazing City Tour of Paris

14/08/2020

Discover the magnificent City of Light as you’ve never seen it before! ArtLuxury Experience offers exclusive city tours aboard cars as vintage as they are exclusive , in the heart of Paris. Enjoy a unique and original getaway, and experience an unforgettable journey in the heart of the capital thanks to a panoramic view of its most beautiful monuments.

Day or night, you will come back from this breathtaking experience with stars in your eyes!

Your driver, passionate about Parisian heritage will guide you and share the history of the main monuments with anecdotes about the rich heritage of the capital. From Montmartre and its panorama, to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris, the Palais du Louvre or the Pantheon, Paris will have no more secrets for you. Your journey will take you through districts full of history and treasure such as the Marais or Saint-Germain-des-Prés, symbols of Parisian grandeur. The capital conceals many mysteries and unexplored districts that you will be able to discover exclusively!

What if you could combine city tour in vintage cars, culture and gastronomy? Say no more. At your request, we will organize an exclusive and gastronomic Picnic with food from the best craftsmen and Épiceries Fines in Paris, most appointed by famous Michelin starred Chefs!

Alternatively would you wish a glass of vintage Champagne in the car? We will take care of it. You will be welcomed in the greatest luxury, in a vintage and chic atmosphere.

If you are among friends, what could be more fun than a rally in a vintage car?

You will discover the city while having fun and challenging your friends and family in a very original way, taking part in a treasure hunt and an orienteering race, while competing with other cars.

Whether for a one-, two- or three-hour ride, or for half a day if you wish, treat yourself to a getaway in the heart of Paris and take part in the Parisian joys in a memorable and exclusive setting!

Here is our exclusive selection of authentic vintage cars (most of them are convertible or open-roof) on which we propose you to embark.

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If you are tempted to live such exclusive experience in the model of your dreams, just contact us HERE !

Discovering Bordeaux and its region

Discovering Bordeaux and its region

30/07/2020
Have you ever dreamed of  visiting a wine region? Even more in the world Mecca of wine? Of course we are talking about France, especially Bordeaux and its region.
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Indeed, Bordeaux is undoubtedly the most prestigious wine in the world, but the city from which it takes its name is also an exceptional place to visit at least once in a life. A sublime city, registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Of course, in addition to the prestigious wine estates (Médoc, Saint Emilion …) in its immediate surroundings, the region abounds in unsuspected places, such as the Bay of Arcachon among many others, then up to the north the Charente and Cognac, and further to the south with the Basque Country.
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So then ArtLuxury Experience has put together for you an exceptional offer, tailor-made, to discover the unique Art of Living in the Bordeaux region, by offering you programs and guided tours entirely à la carte: wine and oenology of course, but also gastronomy, local history and culture as well as leisure and sport.This exclusive offer is not only focused on Bordeaux but also on the magnificent surrounding regions.
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All our programs are designed for you, tailor-made, according to your tastes, your passions, and your expectations. Do you have any specific wish? Please tell us. Whether you are travelling as a couple, with your family, or for work, we organize, thanks to our exclusive selection of renowned and exceptional partners locally such as experts, historians, private owners, stays that will become timeless. Your memories will be engraved forever in your mind.
Icing on the cake, ArtLuxury, in full exclusivity, is offering you the great privilege to be accompanied during the entire tour by Alexandre, your top VIP guide, not only famous for his highest  expertise in the field of wines, but also as he is a direct descendant of an illustrious 18th century French writer renowned worldwide.
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To conclude, whatever could be your plans for your stay in the Bordeaux region, ArtLuxury will be delighted to organise for you a unique, tailor-made and memorable experience to make the most of this breathtaking region!
You will find here a selection of experiences that we could organise for your tailor-made trip: [link to the presta].
For booking or any further question do not hesitate to contact us by clicking HERE [link to the contact form].
REOPENING OF THE HOSPITALITY IN PARIS AND FRANCE!

REOPENING OF THE HOSPITALITY IN PARIS AND FRANCE!

18/06/2020

Oh yes! Paris is finally waking up!

Last Sunday, one month after the partial ending of the lockdown in France, President Macron made its 4th speech, announcing a new major step of our decontainment.
Among the topics addressed, this official allocution was a great news for the hospitality and tourism sector with the announcement of the transition to the green zone of all the French territory except Mayotte and Guyana, generating the long-awaited full reopening of the Parisian “café-restaurants” and the progressive opening of the French frontiers.

Indeed, since yesterday, France has made its first step of “reconnection” to the world, by reopening its frontiers to Europe, thus authorizing travel and journeys, before its full worldwide reopening on July, 1st. This good and unexpected news is all the more accompanied by a gradual unblocking of the airports as of June, 26th concerning Orly airport with a slowly recapture of national and internationals flights!
Indeed this is a great news for the French travel & hospitality industry!

Thus French President has promised to commit to getting our economy “fully” back on track and rediscover part of our way of life, our taste for freedom.

In this context, ArtLuxury Experience has investigated these last days the renaissance of hotels in Paris and France, as well as the analysis of current trends in terms of travel intentions from international travellers for Paris destination.

In fact, tourists do confirm now their motivation to come back to Paris!
Through a report presented by the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau on June, 2nd, a survey (source:Mastercard/ Mabrian, OTCP) conducted from May 1st to 20th on potential visitors from Asia, America and Europe, shows that on-line search for Paris destination has considerably increased!

Indeed, in this period, the on-line Flight searches for Paris literally grew-up compared to April. On the top of the list, we find China, with an increase of 62%, Russia with 39%, borders countries like Germany, Italy, Spain from 22,6% to 35,6%. For potential visitors from United-States, the increase is lower, but the country is still at the top of the searches with almost 195 000 requests.
These increases are very encouraging further to the critical lockdown context, but the figures still remain lower to the previous year in the order of -19,5 % to -90,3 %.

But this interest for Paris is not only at the international level! Indeed, French people are particularly motivated to spend their summer in France! Thus, since the lockdown, “re-discover France” is become very trendy among French people, especially thanks to Stéphane Bern, with the #cetetejevisitelefrance specially created at this occasion. This interest can be confirmed with a study made by BVA/EdV related to “French people and summer 2020 holidays”. The latter reveals that 90% of French holidaymakers will spend their summer in France, against approximately 66% usually in previous years! The trend is definitely upward!

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But unfortunately, focussing specifically on the Parisian market, hospitality industry is still blurred or uncertain, whereas the official announcement about the reopening days of the luxury hotel, mainly dedicated to international wealthy clientele, is not yet known.

Whereas the critical decision for reopening is obviously related to profitability, staff availability … upon the categories of clients, we can obviously figure out that the more starred the hotel is and higher in its classification, the later will be its reopening, clearly depending on the arrival of the international wealthy clientele.

That being said, ArtLuxury has conducted its own investigation and is pleased to provide an overview of the situation as per today.

Indeed, first, we can already observe a progressively re-opening of the Parisian four- and five-stars hotels!

As illustration, let’s start with our discussion last Thursday with one of our Parisian Hotels group partners, namely Jeremy Auzanneau, Commercial and Marketing Director of the Inwood Hotels Group. During our meeting at “La Bourdonnais”, their already open 4* Boutique hotel, Jeremy informed us in much details about all specific measures set up related to social distancing, then about the progressive reopening of the other 4* hotels of the Group starting from now, and later in September with their new 5* Champs-Elysées Plaza,  to conclude with a quite interesting exchange on new trends of the Luxury Hotels and hospitality market.

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Furthermore, with great satisfaction, we can announce the reopening of several 5-star hotels like Le Collectionneur, Hotel Costes  …. and others early July, such as Fauchon l’Hotel, Alfred Sommier, …

All are of course still facing a low level of reservation, but most of them offer very attractive rates, up to 50% discount in some of them, or offering you an upgrade! Even more a Group like Inwood Hotels is offering very exclusive contest!

This is definitely the right moment for you and a real opportunity to plan you stay next in Paris!

Regarding the 12 official Parisian Palaces, their re-opening is scheduled to occur at last, meaning in these coming weeks, latest in September. Indeed, as of July, we can mention the reopening of La Réserve, Le Crillon, the Peninsula, the Shangri-La, and most probably the Plaza Athénée! For August, the booking is already open for the Ritz and the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme! Last but not least, Bristol is announced to reopen by September 1st, probably followed by the last ones!

Indeed, in case you wish to be the “happy few” to visit Paris first, we would be delighted to organise you a bespoke arrangement!

We are so eagerly looking forward to seeing you again, and keeping you dreaming!

Don’t forget: Stay tuned! A magnificent surprise is coming soon!

RE-OPENING OF PARIS AUCTIONS HOUSES!

RE-OPENING OF PARIS AUCTIONS HOUSES!

11/06/2020

Paris s’éveille !

Oh yes! Paris is waking up!!!

After the re-opening of the Vanves flea market and the renaissance of the Parisian Gastronomy offerings, ArtLuxury was so much pleased to experience last week the new opening of the auction houses, and art market, obviously starting with Drouot, famous Parisian Institution and unique worldwide!

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Indeed, last Wednesday afternoon, Olivier and Pierre, the Community Manager where on site to attend very interesting auctions as well as checking how the global operations have been adapted to address the new social distancing constraints.

 

Except the traditional auctioneer’s hammer blow, the atmosphere and the affluence were, indeed, rather quieter than usual. For instance, compared to the previous years, the June forecasted sales have decreased to the half as well as the number of visitors is not more than a quarter.
Nonetheless, it is important to notice that this weak affluence does not prevent the high quality of the sales in most Auction Houses in Paris and surrounding places: magnificent pieces full of stories, like the self-portrait of Antoine de Saint Exupéry in Drouot, souvenirs of the Queen Marie-Antoinette in Osenat, or Asterix and Obelix plates drew by Uderzo in Artcurial!

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Thus, it is to be mentioned that during the two months of lock-down, the auction houses were not all totally closed. As a matter of fact, this period has been the opportunity for some houses like Drouot, Sotheby’s etc to further develop their online auctions activities.

This has been a rather successful initiative, featuring a considerable increase of twice more furniture and artwork sales!

Since the progressive re-opening started mid-May, the auction houses are now all operational, redeploying gradually their activities, offering to the visitors the best possible condition, while keeping the social distancing measures. Indeed, the access of the houses is strictly regulated, thereby limiting the number of visitors and buyers. Furthermore, the opening hours, exhibitions and sales are also adapted such as the conditions of withdrawal and sales shipment.

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In order to compensate the cancellation of worldwide iconic Antic art fair “Biennale de Paris”, some houses such as Christie’s are currently planning alternative events addressed to top antic dealers. Indeed, this renown House will put in place eleven online sale auction days starting from September,10th to 21st. Besides, it is important to highlight that part of its revenue will be reversed to the Stéphane Bern Foundation dedicated to the preservation and funding of the French heritage!

 

Considering that these auctions are finally much more comfortable with less affluence, and that the Houses will organise quite fantastic sales in the following months, we definitely invite you to stay tuned …. Hopefully you’ll get get the chance to find the gem of your dream!

Last but not least, in case you’ll much better enjoy such experience with our expertise, do not hesitate to contact us so as to organise our bespoke arrangement to accompany you.

FRESH RESTART FOR THE PARISIAN GASTRONOMY!

FRESH RESTART FOR THE PARISIAN GASTRONOMY!

02/06/2020

Paris s’éveille !

Oh yes! Paris is waking-up!!!

Well-know all around the world for its specialities and typical dish, France is become one of the most emblematic and major actors in terms of gastronomy. Growing-up over the last centuries, the French cooking reached a major recognition during the Middle Age with its sumptuous banquets organized in the castles featuring well decorated and seasoned dish.  Real part of the French culture, the gastronomy embodies “L’Art de vivre à la Française”.

Unfortunately, for two months with this lockdown and new deal, the catering and restaurants world is and was totally upset and in a big blur. Even since May 11th, with the announcement of pre-deconfinement, bars and restaurants were still standing by, waiting for a decision of the government for the full opening. Finally, on May 28th, a partial relief has been officially announced giving a 2 steps permission:  terraces re-opening as of today June 2nd, and then total re-opening on June 22nd.

Therefore let’s explore what we can now enjoy in Paris in terms of French gastronomy, can it be a casual meal or an exclusive gourmet experience.

  • Click and collect/ Delivery:

Set-up by lot of restaurants, the click & collect solution is definitely become the most popular one, as well as more affordable most of the times. Even some Michelin stared or famous restaurants are offering this service too. As illustration we have selected for you the special offerings of two renown Chefs.

  • Café Constant by Christian Constant

Located in the famous rue Saint Dominique in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, the Café Constant is offering you since the middle of the lockdown a weekly menu, with a different set menu each day for €22 composed of a starter, a course and a dessert.  Discover here the menu of this week!

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Famous multi-starred Chef Alain Ducasse, unmissable reference of the French gastronomy has specially created 4 boxes or Menus, starting from €18:

  • The classic BOX
  • The fresh BOX
  • The marine BOX
  • The vegan BOX

If you want a bespoke BOX, you can also create your:

  • BOX of the Day
  • Card BOX

Your set menu can be delivered in bicycle or picked-up in a lovely place at his restaurant Ducasse sur Seine, located on a superb boat near the Eiffel Tower!

  • Chef at home

If you are a lover of amazing and exclusive experience, ArtLuxury gives you the opportunity to invite a Chef at your home! From grocery shopping to cooking as well as from table service to washing up, everything is taken care of! This is the opportunity to enjoy a unique and unforgettable moment!

Two menus are available: The Epicure and Signature menu.

  • And what about the restaurants re-opening?

For you, ArtLuxury Experience made some field interviews with some of them in order to figure out how they plan it, progressively in the following weeks.

Indeed, for all of them, due to the various new Covid19 related constraints, such as social distancing, terraces only up to June, 22nd … re-opening is a critical matter of profitability, staff, procurement from suppliers etc.
In case of re-opening, the cards will most probably be reduced.

As a matter of fact, during our promenade today, we noticed that almost half of the terraces are not open.

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Therefore, we invite you to stay tuned in our social media, we will keep you informed about the next steps and full re-opening!

If you are interested in a Chef at home experience or any further information, do not hesitate to contact us!

 

 

PARIS S’EVEILLE: RENAISSANCE OF THE VANVES FLEA MARKET!

PARIS S’EVEILLE: RENAISSANCE OF THE VANVES FLEA MARKET!

21/05/2020

As you can imagine, last Saturday, ArtLuxury Experience was so much pleased to go back to one of the most emblematic flea markets of Paris: “The Puces of Vanves”.
Indeed, it was the official D Day of the re-opening of the flea market after this two-months lockdown.
Before showing you its renaissance, let’s discover together its amazing history, whereas the flea markets of today, with its wonderful bohemian and family spirit has nothing to do with its origin!

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Indeed, far away from its atmosphere today, the Parisian flea market, starting in the Middle Age was at this period a place where poor people were dealing to earn money. In fact, their hard and painful work was consisting of handling and selling second hand and recycled materials such as irons, skins, rags… that is how were born the rag and bone men.

At this medieval time, there was a unique flea market in the center of Paris, close to Notre Dame. But gradually, the flea market spread away in several places and then began to be expulsed of the city centre during this expansion.

Thus, the first step of this evolution began in the middle of the XVIII century, where this kind of activities started to be forbidden in the city by the police due to the new salubrity regulation. This restriction forced the ragmen to move and join the district of Grenelle at the outskirts of the capital in this period.

Later on, in 1884 under the prefect Eugène Poubelle the ragmen faced a new situation with the apparition of the dustbin. This innovation was not only a considerable sanitary revolution for the population, but also a real change of their daily work, benefiting of a much more rational salvage.

Finally, under the Second Empire the expulsion was tightened, forcing them to move away again. That is the birth and the flourish of the three famous flea markets still existing today: Vanves, Saint Ouen and Montreuil.

The Puces de Vanves usually gather 380 exhibitors, presenting different and various items. From the paints, to the decorative art, passing by the watches or the silverware, find what you dream is like an evidence. Moreover, Vanves is the only intramural flea market of Paris.

Vanves flea market

Now, let’s give you some news of the Puce of Vanves, today after this lockdown!

In order to respect the social distancing, the market is separated in two parts, introducing alternance for each side of the market according to the week: pair weeks limited to sidewalk exhibitors while impair week to sellers on the other side. Besides, the opening days and hours remain the same: Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 2pm.

With such convivial atmosphere on a sunny day, this re-opening was a unique experience, a good moment to change our mind and bargain to find the rare pearl!
During this memorable morning ArtLuxury Experience was so happy to find great deals,  such as a magnificent heat lamp for Olivier and some watches mechanics for Pierre, the intern!

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What a pleasure to be back there!!

If you are interested by a guided visit in company of Olivier, don’t hesitate to contact us, we will be delighted to share again this experience with you!

SERIAL CONTEST: «PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020».

SERIAL CONTEST: «PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020».

11/05/2020

Paris virtual Tour #4: The Eiffel Tower

Today, for the last episode of our series Paris virtual Tour 2020, ArtLuxury Experience has the great pleasure to present you one of the most emblematic monuments, Paris icon, known and imitated all around the world: The Eiffel Tower. Indeed, the Grand Iron Lady invites you to an exclusive and immersive visit to discover its most beautiful facets and secrets.

If you want to admire its beauty and gain height, the tower invites you to discover it in 360° or virtually.  In a first time, you can follow the 360° visit video made by TV5 Monde last year at the occasion of its 130th birth, where you can see it from a drone, day and night, its inside and out. If you wish to discover it more in details and at your pace, the Eiffel Tower allows you to climb it virtually and enjoy the magnificent panorama from its 2nd to the 3rd floor and a half.

Vue Eiffel Tower

For those who prefer to admire the Grand Iron Lady from the bottom and walk on the park, you can appreciate the forecourt its secrets and details or its historic west and east gardens and their great biodiversity listed Classified Wooded Areas. 

Now we propose you to make a journey through time by going back 130 years ago to discover the Eiffel Tower in more details, and learn more about it, especially concerning its construction, its context and its first opening years. For that you can also admire four exhibitions presenting respectively these captivating stories:

If you are attracted by this period, we invite you to discover an interesting collection of originals pictures and illustration telling a part of the story and the history of this monument.

Furthermore to conclude this time journey, you have the possibility to discover the Eiffel tower, its attractions, and much else during the universal exhibition of 1889.

If you are a lover of histories anecdotes the Grand Iron Lady propose you to discover a selection which was made especially for its 130th years.

Finally, we would be happy to share “in situ” this experience with you, through VIP tour (soon to be set-up, see our article), or personalized guided tours.

Tour Eiffel et rosierLast but not least, do not miss to participate to our serial contest open as of now: 2 amazing prizes will be awarded by ArtLuxury!

The prizes offered to the 2 Winners are as follows:

1st Lot: an exclusive and gourmet picnic (for 2 people) organised by ArtLuxury Experience, on the lawns of the Champ de Mars.

2nd Lot: according to the beneficiary’s preference, and always in the company of Olivier, President and Founder of ArtLuxury Experience:

– A “Gourmet Tour” (2 hours) in the very chic area of rue Cler near the Eiffel Tower.

– Or a guided tour (2 hours) of the Vanves Flea Market

See here our complete rules for this Prize contest Paris virtual Tour 2020.

Fancy to get your prize?

Just reply to our online questionnaire here!

In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

 

 

SERIAL CONTEST:  «PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020»

SERIAL CONTEST: «PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020»

04/05/2020

Paris virtual Tour #3: The Musée d’Orsay

Third step of our Paris virtual Tour 2020. ArtLuxury Experience has the pleasure to let you discover the “Musée d’Orsay”

The history of this museum is not common, from the railway station to the museum, let us discover how and when this monument was born. Thus we invite you to discover in image this transformation, some anecdotes and events who took place in this location along the Seine River. The museum has also shared five videos on its Youtube channel, who show the “Naissance d’un musée” with all its issues, its inauguration…

Musée d'Orsay vue extérieure

The collection of the museum was built thanks to three others museum: The “Louvre”, the “musée du Jeu de Paume”, and the “musée d’Art moderne” allowing a diversity of the works.
Its commented collection , available online, will enable you to view its paints, sculptures, decorative arts, pictures, graphic arts and architecture. If you want to know more about them, you can discover its history, where you will find their origin…

This diversity is not only due to its different works. It is also due to the presence of a multitude of artistic movements. From the Academism to the Post-impressionism, on the videos  “Orsay en mouvement”, let us see all these movements presented through all related artistic works.

If you want to discover a selection of its works explained in videos the museum gives you this possibility by means of its series “Une oeuvre, un regard”: Each weeks, some contemporary figures, like musicians, philosophers, scientists, present, explain and describe in some minutes a work of their choice, which have sense for them.

Sculpture musée d'Orsay

For the end of this visit, have you ever dreamed to discover the restoration steps of a paint?
The museum has sets up a series of articles which describe you all of this. You will also be able to discover thanks to several videos the working process set up for the restoration of a painting, from its diagnostic to its reintegration.

Finally, after the present containment, we would be happy to share “in situ” this experience with you, through VIP or private guided tours, with one of our best lecturers.

Last but not least, do not miss to read our last article “Paris virtual Tour 2020” published here next monday, and then to participate to our serial contest at the end: 2 amazing prizes will be awarded by ArtLuxury!

In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

SERIAL CONTEST: “PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020″

SERIAL CONTEST: “PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020″

27/04/2020

Paris virtual Tour #2: “The Palais Garnier”

For this second edition of our Parisian virtual Tour 2020, ArtLuxury Experience has the pleasure to invite you to discover the Palais Garnier or Opera Garnier and its backstage.

Thanks to its partnership with Google Arts & Culture, since 2014, the Palais Garnier invites you to discover it virtually in its slightest nook and cranny. This virtual visit, allows you to visit its inside, with the Opéra and all its stages from the capstans to its rehearsal studio. All in all, eleven levels to visit. You can see also its “Bibliothèque musée”, national museum of Paris, and have a glimpse of its large collection.

Colonne Palais Garnier
If you wish to take a fresh air bash, you can also access to the rooftop and admire the magnificent Parisian’s landscape. Finally, if you are a lover of unusual experiences, you can explore the artificial lake as well, at the fifth level underground.

Do you want to discover the Palais Garnier in more details, and learn more about it? you can also admire three exhibitions presenting three captivating stories:

Scène Opéra Garnier

Don’t you have ever dreamed to attend a ballet or an opera performance anytime from home?
In this particular period, the Opéra gives and offers you the opportunity to watch some of their best shows.
To watch those in their integrality, discover here a selection of full performances. You can go further in discovering some opera’s and ballet’s folders and series.

Furthermore, the Palais Garnier allows you to become like a little mouse and discover its backstage. You will see among others, interviews of artists like musicians, dancers, and their works before the final show, history and anecdotes of these performances…

Finally, after this containment, we would be happy to share “in situ” this experience with you, including the stories behind the scene, through VIP or private guided tours, with one of our best lecturers.

Last but not least, do not miss to read our next articles “Paris virtual Tour 2020” published here in the coming weeks, and then to participate to our serial contest at the end: 2 amazing prizes will be awarded by ArtLuxury!

In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

SERIAL CONTEST: “PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020”

SERIAL CONTEST: “PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR 2020”

20/04/2020

Paris virtual Tour #1: «Welcome to the Louvre»

In this particular period of containment, don’t you have ever dreamed to visit, virtually this time, the most emblematic Parisians’ monuments and museums, anytime from home?

Thus, and before we can offer you again our private guided visit with our best historians and speakers, ArtLuxury Experience has selected for you four of the very best museums and monuments of the City of Lights, that are currently offering amazing virtual galleries featuring their heritage and related collections.

Indeed, as a series, each Monday, we will publish one article revealing you a selection of creations and virtual tours proposed by each Parisian monument, in order to discover and admire them, despite this frustrating context of COVID-19. Last but not least, at the end of each article, we will ask you one question for your participation to our Serial contest: “Paris virtual Tour 2020.”

At the end of our fourth article, on Monday May 11th, day of containment’s end in France, we will invite you to participate to our Quiz 2020, through an on-line form, by answering to the four questions related to these articles, together with a subsidiary fifth question.

 

Two prizes to be won: two exclusive experiences of ArtLuxury will be awarded to the first two correct answers.

1) 1st Lot: an exclusive and gourmet picnic (for 2 people) organised by ArtLuxury Experience, on the lawns of the Champ de Mars.

2) 2nd Lot: according to the beneficiary’s preference, and always in the company of Olivier, President and Founder of ArtLuxury Experience :

– A “Gourmet Tour” (2 hours) in the very chic area of rue Cler near the Eiffel Tower.

– Or a guided tour (2 hours) of the Vanves Flea Market

For more details, please refer to the Rules of our Serial contest: “Paris virtual Tour 2020.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to win a PRIZE: on Monday April 11, 2020, after the publication of our 4th and last article you will be invited to participate to our Contest, by answering to five questions related to our articles! The first 2 correct answers will be awarded!

Today, we have the great pleasure to publish our article #1 …

 

Paris virtual Tour #1: “Welcome to the Louvre”

 

With its world-famous masterpieces like the “Joconde” or the “Vénus de Milo”, the Louvre is without contest one of the most influent museum in the world, but also one of the most innovative.

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If you are a fan of interactive adventures, we offer you herewith our selection of visits and virtual galleries recently created by the Louvre:

Indeed, the museum opens its doors and invites you to an exceptional visit of four of its rooms in virtual reality or in 360°, in order to take you for an immersive journey around the time and the ages:

You can also admire and “attend” until June 29th 2020 the exhibition “Figure d’artistes” dedicated to the “genius of Renaissance” and meet famous artists like Leonard de Vinci, Donatello, Michel-Ange.

 

After that, the Louvre invites you to visit the Sully wing, to plunge into the medieval Louvre and discover the past and the remains of this old fortress, from the medieval period to the revolution.

From there, you will then enter into the Sphinx crypt to continue the visit at the time of the pharaohs.

This time journey will come to the end with the last room recently renovated thanks to the patronage of the Maison Cartier: La Galerie d’Apollon. You will be able to discover its treasures, its magnificent ceiling and the presentation of its restoration’s steps.

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If you want discover and explore more in details its collections, the Louvre offers you a selection of 29 themes covering not only its masterpieces, unmissable, but also lesser-known pieces of art, but equally appreciable. This selection, be addressed to all profiles, amateurs or passionate, has been realized to reveal the exceptional richness of its collections.

In order to conclude our selection, the Louvre, gives you also a set of filmed recordings in its auditorium. Please enjoy the great privilege to assist from your home to

  • Concerts, including sublime musical works of the 18th century to the present day,
  • Initiations to the history of arts,
  • Conferences in history of arts,
  • Related programs to archaeology, art, history and culture, realized by renowned historians,
  • Works’ analyses,
  • Exhibition
  • Conferences of contemporary art,
  • Interviews

In addition, if you want to follow closely the news of the museum, do not miss its social medias, where are shared numerous pictures, works presentations, galleries etc.

Finally, after this containment, we would be happy to share “in situ” this experience with you, through VIP or private guided tours, with our one of our best lecturers.

In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

 

MUSEUM D’ART MODERNE, HANS HARTUNG: LA FABRIQUE DU GESTE

MUSEUM D’ART MODERNE, HANS HARTUNG: LA FABRIQUE DU GESTE

28/02/2020

 

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This year, after a year of work, the museum d’Art Moderne in Paris, has decided to exhibit a retrospective on the life of the German artist Hans Hartung.  Pioneer painter of the major movement, Abstraction, renowned for his modern and conceptual dimension.

 

He had an admiration and a passion for the painter Rembrandt, who inspired many of his works. In addition, He also had a close relationship and artistic solidarity with Pablo Picasso,

both facing all these political troubles during this period in their respective countries.

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Hans Hartung was a very eclectic artist, he was as well painter and photographer. We may see it with this collage, ordered by the famous American collector and sponsor  Peggy Guggenheim.

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Moreover, the exhibition hosts 300 pieces of his art, painted during his six decade of creation, those are simultaneously photographs, sketches, painting on pebbles…Indeed, throughout those 60 years of creation, the painter artist has realized numerous experiences on various supports such as painting on ceramics and has developed plentiful  technical innovations.

 

This exhibit regroups various pieces of as well as written documents that retrace his life, such as books, correspondence, catalogues, youth newspaper, archival documents, invitation card, poster, film, documentary…

 

However, the exhibit is ending on March 1st, if you are interested by it, or anytime by the permanent collections of Museum d’Art Modern, contact us, we can arrange a guided visit for you.

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SAVE THE DATE: COMING SOON EIFFEL TOWER VIP VISIT

SAVE THE DATE: COMING SOON EIFFEL TOWER VIP VISIT

27/02/2020

 

Specially for you, ArtLuxury Experience, has the pleasure to announce that the Direction of theEiffel_Tower Eiffel Tower associates us for the creation of its future VIP visit offer. Throughout our last meeting yesterday, we can now precise that it is planned to be operational by the end of summer 2020. This visit will put stars in your eyes! Everything is in this visit!

 

A very personalized visit, enabling privileged access to the most inaccessible places of the Eiffel Tower. The Grand Iron Lady and its backstage won’t have any secrets left for you.

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It will be composed of:

  • A personal welcoming, skip the line
  • Guided visit by a specially formed Eiffel Tower staff member
  • Access to the elevator’s machinery
  • Access to the intermediate floors for the best view of the structureEiffel_Tower
  • Access to the top
  • Breakfast in a lounge or a cup of Champagne at the top
  • As well as other surprises in option!

 

 

Waiting the opening of this future VIP visit, we can already arrange for you a personalized visit, with skip the line access option, a cup of champagne at the top, and could be as well continued by a lunch or dinner in the  Jules Verne restaurant, on the 2nd floor, with the Chef Frédéric Anton.

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THE MAISON CARTIER DONATES TO THE LOUVRE

THE MAISON CARTIER DONATES TO THE LOUVRE

05/02/2020

The Maison Cartier was now recently a benefactor of the Louvre. The Maison has financed the renovation of the famous Apollon gallery dedicated to the royal jewel and ornament. This gallery was closed for works for 8 months and reopened on January 15th, 2020.

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Indeed, those restoration works were mainly focused on:

 

  • Its decoration: paintings and statues that had been made in two centuries and the Gobelins tapestries.
  • In addition, the light, in particular of the gold has been magnificently optimized and staged in order to highlight the jewels.

 

Cartier wanted to show the symbolic importance of the jewels for the monarchical identity of the Ancien Régime as well as the Second Empire.

 

The Apollon Gallery, 196ft long, has hosted the first jewels collection founded in 1523 by François 1er, which was transmitted from kings to kings. However, this majestic collection was sold during the French Third Republic in 1887 during an auction sale in Paris.

 

This collection includes three incredible diamonds which belonged to the royal family:

 

  • The Régent, of an exceptional size of 140 carats has belonged to Louis XIV;
  • The Sancy, biggest diamond in Europe during the XIX century;
  • Hortensia, that was offered to the king Louis XV by Tavernier, French explorer.

 

Those displays are dedicated to the jewels incarnating the main historical reigns:

 

  • the French Ancien Régime
  • Premier Empire
  • Monarchie de Juillet
  • Second Empire

 

This gallery is also exhibiting the famous vases collection founded by Louis XIV, in fact he was a great fan of vases as well as precious stones. The exhibition hosts vases which are more original one than another with various shapes such as boats, shells…

 

For sure, this exhibition will be of particular interest for the jewelry and gemology lovers, therefore ArtLuxury Experience will be delighted to arrange a dedicated VIP visit of the Louvre including this Apollon gallery.

OUR ORIGINAL IDEAS VALENTINE’S DAY

OUR ORIGINAL IDEAS VALENTINE’S DAY

03/02/2020

Like every year on valentine’s day, you are looking for the perfect gift for your partner. Beyond the traditional chocolate box or bunch of roses there are so many possibilities for an exceptional present your lover will always remember. What about an unforgettable moment in the city of love?

Art Luxury Experience selected for you the most romantic experiences to celebrate your Valentine’s day. Indeed, each couple is different, therefore we selected 5 different moods so as to express love in everyone’s way.

If you are interested please visit our page by clicking here.

 

What about you, which Valentine are you?

 

Do you feel surprising and mysterious?

Honeymoon dinner cruise is made for you.

Surprise your partner during an unforgettable evening aboard an exceptional private yacht.

Sail along the river Seine and enjoy the most beautiful monuments of the romantic city of lights. Forget about everything and focus entirely on your beloved while a private chef delights you with sumptuous and traditional French meal. An overwhelming evening for two to dazzle your tender and to remember for ever!

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Are you interested by this experience ? Please contact us, we’ll arrange it for you.

 

Are you an elegant gentleman?

Court your flame inside a very fancy restaurant and make her feel like a queen.

At the bottom of Notre Dame, we selected for you the Vieux Paris d’Arcole. This recommended restaurant welcomes you into a traditional and luxurious atmosphere.

What is more, our specialist of the “Parisian chic” will join your table so as to guide you during your dinner sharing her knowledge about elegancy and French “art de vivre”. In other words, perform with all the high society codes and step into the shoes of a French aristocrat for a memorable night.

An exceptional evening in the heart of Paris

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Do you want to become a French aristocrat for a night ? Please contact us.

 

Being a passionate and gourmet lover?

Besides the usual chocolate box, offer your partner the opportunity of cooking some together. Rendez-vous behind the scene of a prestigious French pastry house and experience a moment of complicity and culinary creativity. This fancy pastry house realizes the perfect match between tradition and modernity so as to delight your taste buds.

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Do you want to dream around chocolate ? Please contact us.

 

 

Feeling more like cocooning?

Charm your beloved transforming the place you are staying in Paris into a private luxurious restaurant. In order to share a gastronomic dinner without doing a thing, we selected for you the best talented chefs. Only pay attention to the sweet words you’ll whisper while the chef serves you sophisticated dishes in total intimacy.

We have selected for you thanks to are partnerships 5 Chefs, with 5 different menus:

  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Valentine’s day menu
  • Aphrodisiac Valentine’s day
  • The lovers
  • Valentine’s menu

The price range are starting from 220€ TVA included for (two persons)

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Do you want to experience a private chef ? Please contact us.

 

 

Are you an artist nostalgic of the past?

Make your partner dream taking her/him to a magic trip around the city of love inside the very famous Rolls Royce of the 1970’s. Our famous and very charismatic historian will drive it for you while telling you unusual stories about places you’ll cross. It can be for a simple displacement or for a true long journey, in any event dive into another time and feel the magic of Paris hidden history.

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Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Limousine 2 1978

Do you want to experience this wonderful trip ? Please contact us.

 

Would you like to become a Nose?

Your beloved has always dreamed of a unique perfume? Come and create your own perfume with the help of an expert for a complicity and romantic experience. As well you will visit a famous perfumery house and become a nose for a moment. This will be a memorable and creative while together.

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Do you want to make your unique perfume? please contact us

 

Are you a romantic artist ?

Discover a unique place of Paris: Montmartre. This place is known for its artistic and folklore aspects. You will cross invisible frontiers and walk away the most touristic places. Our guide will make you discover famous paintings on the site their where painted. Moreover, you will learn the cancan and discover the Sacré-Coeur secrets unrevealed by the official guides, medias and historical books.

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The artistic and folklore aspect interests you? Please contact us we will have pleasure to make bespoke arrangements just for you.

 

New: Are you an oenology fan?

Have a private wine tasting in the cellar of the famous Tour d’Argent restaurant. Live a memorable and privileged moment in the cellar of this exceptional Parisian restaurant, the oldest of the capital and Michelin-starred. You will discover the enchanting universe of its private cellar and taste the greatest wines and Grand Crus with the Chef sommelier in this high historical setting. This will be a magical and unique experience for you and your beloved.

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This unique experience is for you? Please contact us for bespoke arrangements.

New: Have you already found the “rare pearl”?

Thanks to our jewelry expert and gemologist, you will be guided and advised to find, or better custom-create the perfect jewelry for your beloved. She will accompany you in the most famous and luxurious jewelry houses and independent creators in their workshops. You will live an amazing experience and memorable moment of complicity.

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You are looking for the best jewelry for you beloved? Please contact us.

All in all, above is a bench of original ideas we have curated for you in order to celebrate your unforgettable valentine’s day.

The price range of our offers is, upon the experience and availability, starting for 450euros (for two persons) up to 4000euros (for two persons).

If you are interested by one or another experience, don’t hesitate to contact us, we’ll make a very specific and bespoke arrangement for you.

MICHELIN GUIDE 2020: THE REVELATION OF THE STARS

MICHELIN GUIDE 2020: THE REVELATION OF THE STARS

28/01/2020

This year the Michelin guide, has decided to reveal his rewards Monday, January 27th at the Pavillon Gabriel. This event is the most important of the year for French Chefs.

 

The Michelin guide has decided to reward 628 French tables; however, this is four less than last year.

 

However, this year apart for a few exceptions highly mediatized such as Bocuse restaurant, or the restaurant l’Auberge de Vert Mont which loses its unique star, all the three stars restaurant will conserve their standing.

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Last night, three restaurants have been promoted to a third Michelin-star:

 

  • Christophe Coutanceau and his restaurant at La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime)
  • Kei Kobayashi and his restaurant in Paris
  • Finally, the restaurant L’Ousteau de Baumanière at Baux-de-Provence

The 11 new two-stared restaurants:

 

  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Étoile (Paris)
  • La Scène (Paris)
  • L’Abysse au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris)
  • Taillevent (Paris)
  • Skiff Club (Arcachon)
  • Sakara (Courchevel)
  • La Table de l’Alpaga (Megève)
  • La Voile (Ramatuelle)
  • La Table de Saint-Crescent (Narbonne)
  • Racine (Reims)
  • Py-r (Toulouse)

 

The first Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris:

  • Fleur de Pavé (2nd district)
  • Marcore (2nd district)
  • Anne (3rd district)
  • Le Sergent Recruteur (4th district)
  • Solstice (5th district)
  • Le Jules Verne, the gastronomic restaurant of the Eiffel Tower with its new Chef Frédéric Anton (7th district)
  • PavYllon (8th district)
  • Aspic (9th district)
  • L’Innocence (9th district)
  • Le Rigmarole (11th district)
  • L’Oiseau Blanc (16th district)
  • Le Faham by Kelly Rangama (17th district)
  • Jacques Faussat (17th district)

 

Furthermore, it is very interesting to note that this year the guide is adding 72 new “Bib Gourmand.”

Indeed, in this gastronomy universe, thanks to its numerous partnerships ArtLuxury Experience, can offer the privatizing in several Michelin-starred restaurants, such as the Michelin third-starred Chef Alain Ducasse or the Grand Véfour restaurant two-starred with the Chef Guy Martin… We will have the pleasure to organize for you this gourmet experience.

Fashion Week of Paris 2020

Fashion Week of Paris 2020

13/01/2020

FASHION WEEK OF PARIS, Fall/Winter, January 14th – 23rd, 2020:

The Fashion week of Paris is a week event which exists since 1973 and is organized every six months. It is the event for all the creators, and fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton. An exceptional and luxurious event in which all the most influent persons of the showbiz are invited like the Beckham family, Rihanna, Beyoncé and many other famous influencers, as well as prestigious celebrities, stars, princesses and representants of the high society.

This year the Fashion week puts at honor men and haute couture.
The first week is dedicated to the collection Fall/Winter 2020/21 for men. This week begins on January 14th,2020 at 5:30pm with a Japanese luxurious streetwear brand for men Sankuarz.

The Fall/Winter edition reserves lots of surprises with new creators invited for instance the Israeli creator Galia Lahav or the Maison Rabih Kayrouv.

During this week fashion, creators and luxurious haute couture houses such as OFF-White, Valentino, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Dior Homme, Balmain with his so talented creator Olivier Rousteing, Loewe, Hermès will present their last creations for this collection and specular shows. The week will end with 1017 ALYX 9SM a luxurious streetwear brand at 7:00pm.

Fashionweek_2020The second week (01/20, 01/23) is dedicated to the Haute couture Spring/Summer collection. Schiaparelli opens this event and will be followed by Dior, Azzaro Couture, two shows one after the other for Chanel, Giorgio Armani Private, Givenchy, Valentino, Jean Paul Gautier and famous creators just as Stéphane Rolland.
The creator Imane Ayssi will close this week.
This week dedicated to the haute couture is the event the most important of this Fashion week 2020.

The Fashion week is also the moment for new young creators to organize shows in the street in order to promote their last creations.

Loewe, an haute couture fashion house part of LVMH, originally specialized in luxury leather like Hermès, will be present during the first week dedicated for men, on Saturday, January 18th,2020 at midday.

Indeed, in this fashion universe, ArtLuxury Experience offers the bespoke services of a personal shopper and fashion coach. She is not only inviting you for a shopping moment in the most prestigious fashion houses avenue Montaigne and Saint Honoré but also in luxury brands consignments stores, as well as meeting young creators in the Marais district.
Haven’t you dreamed of a personal coach for your shopping in Paris?
Please contact us for further arrangements.

La Tour d’Argent: new experience for our clients

La Tour d’Argent: new experience for our clients

13/11/2019

ArtLuxury Experience and La Tour d’Argent have recently set up an exceptional partnership with an exclusive gastronomic offering!

“La Tour d’Argent” is one of the oldest restaurants in France and Europe since 1582, the place is renowned for the excellence and expertise deployed in the confection of meals, it is an unmissable place when one wants to discover the top of the French gastronomy.

This iconic Restaurant is located just right down the emblematic cathedral “Notre Dame de Paris” on the edge of the Seine river and  Latin Quarter. The dining room is upstairs and offers an unbelievable view of Paris, our unique City of Light, and of course its mythical monument.

For several centuries, “la Tour d’Argent” has become the symbol of excellence and expertise in the world of gastronomy; with more than 320 000 bottles, it still owns today one of the biggest private wine cellar in the country, including the top of the top Grands Crus as well as most exclusive vintage collections (the oldest bottle dates from 1789!!)

A magical experience we recommend would the private visit of these famous cellars with the Head-Sommelier in person: he will then share his passion and expertise for a memorable wine tasting of the greatest treasures listed in this mythical wine cellar.

ArtLuxury Experience invites you to discover this exceptional Tour d’Argent and propose to arrange for you fully taylor-made gastronomic experiences, such as this exclusive wine tasting in the cellar with the Head-Sommelier.

 

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In 2021 the Grand Palais closes its doors to the general public!

In 2021 the Grand Palais closes its doors to the general public!

21/10/2019

 

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In 2021 the Grand Palais closes its doors to the general public! But this is not definitive ! This iconic monument is in fact preparing to host the Olympic Games of 2024. Indeed the Grand Palais will take place some events of the future Olympic Games 2024.

 

This is an opportunity to offer a new skin to the monument. The budget of more than 465 million euros will allow this unique building, more than a century old, built on the occasion of the World Expo of 1900, to welcome new audiences within the museum.

 

The challenge is therefore twofold: on the one hand, this historic site is experiencing an unprecedented change to give way to a new experience. The building itself will be openly accessible for tourists who will be able to visit for free upon their wishes.

 

On the other hand, on the occasion of the Olympic Games 2024, an innovative mix will be created, allowing to meet art and sport on a mythical French cultural scene. No other city in the world can offer this unique context to the history of France.

 

But the main information is as follows: throughout the duration of the works from 2021 to 2024, the usual activities and events hosted in the Grand Palais will be maintained.

Indeed, an “Ephemeral Grand Palace” will be built on the “Champ de Mars”, at the opposite side of the Eiffel Tower, created by none other than the famous architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, imagined with the concern for both, sobriety and respect for insertion in the site.

 

If the idea of ​​discovering the exhibitions of the Grand Palais seduces you, right now, as for example the today famous exhibitions on Le Gréco or Toulouse Lautrec, or later in the future ephemeral Grand Palais, do not hesitate to contact us, ArtLuxury can arrange for you a private guided tour.

MAISON LVMH Art – Talent – Patrimoine

MAISON LVMH Art – Talent – Patrimoine

01/07/2019

MAISON LVMH

Art – Talent – Patrimoine

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At the heart of the Bois-de-Boulogne, the Maison LVMH will open in 2020, with the aim of becoming a new multi-disciplinary cultural Institution for Paris. This place will be dedicated to artists and live performances, as well as applied arts and artisanal craftsmanship.

Famous French luxury leader, Bernard Arnault is the instigator of this ambitious project. His objective is to emphasize the architecture and the cultural vocation of this innovative building. Indeed, the concept behind is to highlight this cutting-edge environment as a space for exalting the vitality of crafts, arts and entertainment.

World-renown architects namely Frank Gehry, author of the famed Louis Vuitton Foundation, as well as Thomas Dubuisson will revisit the former museum into THE unmissable place such as the Louis Vuitton Foundation located nearby.

Basically, it will showcase two separate rooms, a first one holding concert or event up to 4000 persons and another one dedicated to exhibitions.

Before coming to this place after its opening why not planning in the meantime the visit of major Paris museum and exhibition

Just contact us

The black model, from Géricault to Matisse

The black model, from Géricault to Matisse

30/04/2019

The black model, from Géricault to Matisse                                  

In 1791, shortly after the French Revolution, was proclaimed a first decree of abolition of slavery, a point of historical rupture that marks the emergence of the “black model” in Western art, among which portraits of individuals emancipated blacks like Thomas Alexandre Dumas painted by Louis Gauffier or Madeleineby Marie-Guillemine Benoist. If these works gradually occupy an important place in the artistic space created by the political and social revolution of the time, they also bear witness to ambiguities peculiar to their time. Worn by three highlights – the time of the abolition of slavery (1794-1848), the time of the New Painting (Manet, Bazille, Degas, Cézanne) and the time of the first avant-gardes of the twentieth century – this exhibition offers a new look at a subject that has been neglected for too long: the important contribution of black people and personalities to the history of the arts. The goal is to give back to all these “black models”, forgotten in the story of modernity; a name, a story, a visibility.

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One of the first artists to express his involvement in this fraternal struggle is Géricault, with his famous painting, The Raft of the Medusa , which recounts the dismal colonial expedition of the frigate La Médusein the summer of 1816, off the coast of Mauritania. Indeed, if the first sketch of the painting strikes by the absence of any Black, the final composition has three: by multiplying the black figures in his table, Géricault summarizes his fight for abolitionism. We know that he used his paintings, the famous model Joseph, originally from Haiti, also represented by Theodore Chasseriau. Known by his first name, Joseph was one of the most famous artist models of the nineteenth century, spotted by Chasseriau in a troupe of acrobats and became official model of the School of Fine Arts.

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In the fight against slavery, art also becomes a means of denouncing what the victims of an inhuman system endure. Marcel Verdier, student of Ingres, to be refused his Punishment of the four stakesat the Salon of 1843. The painting lifts the veil on the colonial reality, breaking taboos; a visual shock that raises public awareness and makes them feel guilty by confronting them with their own indifference or passivity. Thus, the spectacle of a humanity under the irons, martyred and suffering a terrible spell, was widely exploited in the 1840s. It was not until the abolition of slavery in the colonies in 1848 to finally celebrate this symbolic measure by black and white paintings are gathered, where the jubilant freedmen, broken chains and fraternal unity can finally express themselves, like the painting of Nicolas Gosse, the freed slave .

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Later, in the nineteenth century, artists want to detach themselves from stereotypes associated with black characters and represent them in the manner of intimate portraits and individualized: this is how Baudelaire chose to represent Jeanne Duval, Haitian origins and who will share his life from 1842, marking his haunting presence The Flowers of Eviland the poet’s designs. Several works by Baudelaire evoke and represent it; the one he calls “the feline”, a beauty sometimes kind, sometimes disturbing … But painting and literature are not the only arts in which we find more and more black personalities: the scene of the show has many original artists from the United States or the Caribbean. Among them we can mention the Havana musician Maria Martinez, the Shakespearian actor Ira Aldridge, the virtuoso pianist Blind Tom, the aerial acrobat Miss La La, represented by Degas, as well as the clown Rafael known as Chocolat, star of the Moulin Red with his white friend Foottit.

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After the 1960s, it was the advent of jazz and musical and artistic culture born in the Harlem district of the United States. Many intellectuals like Du Bois, Alain Locke, musicians like Louis Armstrong or Billie Holliday … defend a modern and urban black culture that fascinates French artists as Matisse himself will be fascinated by New York, its skyscrapers, its light and his “musicals”. The Harlem Renaissance and pop and today destroy taboos and stereotypes like the reinterpretation of the famous Olympia Manet, where it is no longer a white woman and a black servant but a black woman and a white servant who compose the work, all the referents being then reversed.

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If you want us to organize for you a personalized visit of the Musée d’Orsay with a passionate and qualified guide, do not hesitate any more and contact us  !

Notre-Dame de Paris : une Histoire gravée dans la pierre

Notre-Dame de Paris : une Histoire gravée dans la pierre

24/04/2019

Notre-Dame de Paris : une Histoire gravée dans la pierre

La cathédrale Notre-Dame surplombe la ville de Paris depuis plus de 850 ans. Elle se dresse majestueusement au cœur de l’Ile de la Cité, centre historique de la ville de Paris. Pilier des arts et foyer de la chrétienté, Notre-Dame est un monument cher à tous. Notre cathédrale, fleuron du patrimoine français, se dresse comme un symbole gravé dans la pierre, de notre histoire et de notre culture. Véritable joyau de l’architecture gothique, elle a été consacrée en 1163 et avait résisté jusqu’ici à de nombreuses menaces de destruction au cours des guerres qui ont dévasté la France. Malheureusement, et de la façon la plus triste et bouleversante, elle n’a pu résister au violent incendie qui s’est déclaré dans la nuit du 15 au 16 avril. Si les dégâts ont été considérables, la structure de la cathédrale a pu être sauvée et préservée dans sa globalité. Épisode traumatisant de ces derniers jours, nous retiendrons surtout le formidable élan de solidarité et d’émotion qui a rassemblé chrétiens, parisiens, français et étrangers autour de l’Ile de la Cité, pour se recueillir, prier, témoigner à travers les nombreuses photos qui ont pu circuler, ou tout simplement être présent dans un moment, qui, nous l’avons ressenti, restera un moment marquant de l’Histoire.

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Avec bonheur, nous pouvons toujours admirer la façade occidentale de Notre-Dame, avec ses trois portes riches en décorations symboliques et éléments bibliques, qui ornent celle qui reste l’une des plus belles églises gothiques du monde. La porte centrale est connue comme le portail du Jugement dernier, la porte sud comme le portail de Sainte Anne et enfin, le portail de la Vierge au nord. Sous la balustrade, la spectaculaire galerie des rois, avec ses 28 statues représentant les rois de Juda, s’étend le long d’une large frise horizontale. Malgré la destruction de la flèche à cause de l’incendie, les deux impressionnants clochers du XIIIe siècle s’élèvent encore dans le ciel de Paris. De même, la sublime rosace de la façade sud, a miraculeusement survécu au désastre : ses 13 mètres de verre étincelant et coloré continuent de resplendir à la lumière du jour, révélant et éclairant d’une manière unique la majesté de l’architecture médiévale de l’édifice. La voûte qui la surplombe de ses 33 mètres de haut, malgré les piliers impressionnants qui la soutiennent, semble défier la gravité elle-même.

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L’incendie aurait pu détruire les reliques précieuses conservées dans la cathédrale, mais celles-ci ont pu être sauvées de justesse ! Le Trésor de Notre Dame de Paris se trouvait dans la sacristie au sud du chœur, il a pu être transféré le soir de l’accident à la Mairie de Paris puis sera mis en sécurité au Louvre. La plus précieuse des reliques, la Sainte Couronne d’épines, posée selon la croyance des catholiques, sur la tête de Jésus peu avant sa crucifixion, a pu être sauvée des flammes. Deux autres reliques, un morceau de la Croix et un clou de la Passion, ont été sauvés ainsi que la tunique de Saint Louis. Le grand orgue du XVe siècle est lui aussi sauvé, même si sa structure a souffert, recouverte par des gravats, de la poussière et de l’eau. Quelque 13 millions de visiteurs affluaient chaque année pour voir ces objets, les plus précieux et les plus vénérés de la cathédrale… Aujourd’hui il n’est plus possible de visiter Notre Dame, qui restera en travaux pendant quelques années. Cependant, ne vous privez pas pour autant de la visite de l’île de la Cité et de l’île Saint Louis, qui représentent le cœur de la capitale, son centre historique cerclé d’eau. Les deux îles parisiennes, portent les marques visibles et encore flamboyantes d’un temps où Paris se nommait encore Lutèce, et révèlent à l’air libre leur beauté insubmersible.

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Si vous souhaitez vous promener au cœur de ses îles et admirer le temps d’une balade, les monument historiques et majestueux, les jolies petites rues authentiques et les délicieux restaurants qu’elles recèlent, accompagnés d’un guide passionné et passionnant, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter et à regarder notre proposition de visite !

The Eiffel Tower: 130 years of de splendor

03/04/2019

The Eiffel Tower: 130 years of splendor

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We are in the Paris of the Belle Époque, on the occasion of the 1889 Universal Exhibition. The French Ministry of Industry and Commerce is organising a competition to celebrate the centenary of the French Revolution and Gustave Eiffel, an engineer and industrialist, wants to take up the challenge, with the ambition of building a “tower more than a thousand feet high”, a bold project that haunts all architects of the time. Indeed, no building has ever reached such a height, and Gustave Eiffel must fight to defend the project he is carrying out with his collaborators, Émile Nouguier and Maurice Kœchlin.

    

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However, his project was unanimously accepted, he won over the other candidates and obtained an agreement with the government in 1887, which granted him a prime location on the banks of the Seine and in the very centre of the city of Paris. The work necessary beforehand to allow the construction of the tower is titanic and frightens the Parisians, who wonder about the impossible achievement of a scale never seen before… But they are quickly amazed by the rapid progress of the site and the appearance of one floor, then another, seeming to defy the laws of gravity. The spectators watch, dazed, as this magnificent building is elevated, at an impressive rate of twelve metres per month.  Bernard Marray, Gustave Eiffel’s great admirer, evokes in one of these works this “amazing technical feat” and its “remarkable speed of execution”. Indeed, it is only at the end of two years, two months and five days that the tower, “the highest in the world” is finally inaugurated.

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On 31 March 1889, Gustave Eiffel took up the challenge and signed a masterpiece of architecture, which soon became the symbol of the city of Paris. He himself raised the french flag at the top of the Tower in the presence of the Director of the Universal Exhibition, some of his collaborators and the great personalities of the Government and the City of Paris. All are dazzled by this prodigious building. The celebration then continues at the foot of the Tower where Gustave Eiffel pays tribute to his teams and in particular to the 300 workers who built, later called the Iron Lady. It should be noted that at its birth, the Tower was red in colour!

“I have just experienced a great satisfaction, that of having flown our national flag on the tallest building man has ever built” Gustave Eiffel

 

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The Eiffel Tower was a massive success and was the main attraction of the 1889 Exhibition. In the first week after its completion, nearly 30,000 visitors climbed the 1710 steps to reach the summit, which offers an extraordinary view of the city. Elevators only come into service later, but they also represent real technical feats. The height of the Eiffel Tower allowed it to obtain the title of “the highest structure in the world” until 1930, when it was to be deconstructed at the end of the Universal Exhibition, and when we thought it was an ephemeral masterpiece… The Iron Lady still stands before our dazzled eyes, and today celebrates her 130th birthday.

We would be more than happy to show you our beautiful Eiffel Tower during a VIP tour: if you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us here.

 

La Pyramide du Louvre fête ses 30 ans

29/03/2019

La Pyramide du Louvre fête ses 30 ans

 

Monument iconique parisien, le Louvre trône au centre de Paris depuis déjà plus de 200 ans, et est aujourd’hui le plus grand musée d’art et d’antiquités au monde. Il possède une longue histoire autour de la conservation artistique et historique, depuis l’Ancien Régime jusqu’à nos jours. Mais qu’en est-il de cette étonnante Pyramide de verre, qui se dresse devant le musée ?


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Pensé par l’architecte sino-américain de renom, Ieoh Ming Pei, auteur d’une des ailes de la National Gallery of Art de Washington, le projet était d’aménager une nouvelle grande entrée au Louvre, afin de recevoir les visiteurs de plus en plus nombreux et de réagencer par la même occasion l’intérieur du musée. Annoncé en septembre 1981 par le Président de la République, François Mitterrand, ce projet, qui prend le nom de « Grand Louvre », a pour ambition de restituer au musée la totalité du Palais du Louvre, puisque l’aile Richelieu était autrefois occupée par les bureaux du ministère des Finances. En 1983, Ieoh Ming Pei est désigné par le Président pour élaborer ce grand projet, qui bouleversera l’image du musée du Louvre en lui donnant une toute nouvelle ampleur, tant nationale qu’internationale.

Plus qu’un projet d’architecture, la Pyramide s’est révélée être un véritable défi. Sa réalisation en verre représente un prodige technologique ; un pari fou pour son auteur… Celle-ci reprend les proportions exactes de la célèbre Pyramide de Khéops, choix de figure qui n’est pas sans rappeler l’Obélisque déjà présente non loin du musée, place de la Concorde, mais aussi la fabuleuse collection d’antiquités égyptienne qui fait la richesse du Louvre. Cependant, l’architecte est exigeant et ambitieux, il souhaite que sa Pyramide soit tellement transparente, qu’elle permette de voir la pierre du Louvre comme si rien n’était devant lui. Or, rechercher la transparence parfaite s’est avéré être un défi difficile pour les ingénieurs, qui ont finalement donné naissance à une gamme de verre spéciale pour la construction, qui sera appelé la gamme « Diamant ». De fait avec ses 673 plaques de verre, la Pyramide du Louvre brille tel un gigantesque diamant, qui apporte une lumière grandiose au site et permet au musée de jouir d’une lumière exceptionnelle. Pour ses 35,42 mètres de largeur et ses 21,34 mètres de hauteur, la Pyramide est constituée de 95 tonnes d’acier et 105 tonnes d’aluminium qui soutiennent tous les carreaux de verre.

Très redoutée par les parisiens à l’époque, la Pyramide du Louvre s’est parfaitement intégrée au Palais et est aujourd’hui devenue le symbole du musée et un incontournable du patrimoine parisien. Elle est récemment devenue le terrain de jeu du célèbre street-artist JR, qui par un collage gigantesque avait réussi en 2016 un coup de maître, en faisant disparaître totalement la Pyramide aux yeux des visiteurs. Cette année, à l’occasion des 30 ans de la Pyramide, il revient avec un projet d’une même ampleur, puisque cette fois l’objectif est de créer une illusion d’optique autour de la Pyramide pour la faire « sortir de terre » et « révéler le secret de sa fondation » par un immense collage au sol. En plus de cette création artistique extraordinaire, le Louvre prévoit une trentaine d’évènements jusqu’en février 2010 pour célébrer le monument de verre.

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Il ne vous reste plus qu’à venir admirer cette Pyramide iconique et d’en profiter pour visiter le célèbre musée du Louvre accompagnés d’un passionné d’histoire de l’art… N’hésitez plus et rendez-vous sur la page de l’offre, ou bien contactez-nous pour vivre une expérience unique au cœur de la culture parisienne.

L’Orient des peintres : du rêve à la lumière

19/03/2019

L’Orient des peintres : du rêve à la lumière

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A Paris, le musée Marmottan-Monet présente, depuis le 7 mars et jusqu’au 21 juillet 2019, l’exposition « L’Orient des peintres, du rêve à la lumière ». Riche d’une soixantaine de chefs-d’œuvre provenant des plus importantes collections publiques et privées d’Europe et des États-Unis (musée du Louvre, musée d’Orsay, musée des Augustins de Toulouse, la Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus de Munich, la collection Thyssen-Bornemisza de Madrid, le Rijksmuseum d’Amsterdam, le Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute de Williamstown), l’exposition entend révéler à travers ce voyage en Orient le regard des peintres sur ce monde fantasmé. En effet, portés par le souffle impétueux des conquêtes napoléoniennes, les peintres européens ont fantasmé l’Orient, parfois avant même que leurs rêves ne soient mis à l’épreuve du voyage.

 

Ce que nous remarquons en parcourant l’exposition, c’est que voyage en Orient est indissociablement lié à la sensualité de la figure féminine, représenté par Ingres et Delacroix aux premières heures de l’art moderne, mais aussi à l’expérience d’un paysage unique et d’une lumière qui bouleverse les regards et nous emmène dans un autre monde, loin de Paris. L’exposition présentée au Musée Marmottan-Monet donne à voir à ses visiteurs deux thèmes que sont les figures et les paysages. L’exposition nous fait voyager à travers l’Orient méditerranéen, nous permettant d’admirer les représentations d’une beauté féminine orientale dans toute sa sensualité, mais aussi en nous immergeant totalement dans une ambiance intime rappelant celle des cours orientales, grâce à des jeux de lumière et de couleurs.

 

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Les tableaux se révèlent à nous comme des fenêtres ouvertes sur un désert aride, sur une jungle luxuriante ou bien une fontaine d’eau fraîche dans un décor ottoman de mosaïques bleues. Certains tableaux comme La Petite Baigneuse ou La Grande Odalisque de Ingres témoignent de l’envoutement du peintre par la beauté classique orientaliste et incarnent un rêve de beauté féminine idéale fantasmé pour sa sensualité et l’érotisme d’un corps imprégné de fantasmes. De même, les lieux apparaissent nimbés d’une aura de rêve et de désir notamment la représentation de la scène du Bain Maure de Jules Migonnay ou encore le Massage, scène de hammam de Édouard Debat-Ponsan dont le contraste des corps noir et blanc lui a valu sa célébrité scandaleuse lors de son exposition en 1865.

 

 

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Or, d’autres peintres tendent à s’éloigner de la représentation d’un Orient idéalisé et cherche à nous donner à voir une réalité, moins rêvée, moins fantasmées mais bien réelle : celle du désert, de l’aridité, de la chaleur étouffante, de la soif et parfois même, de la mort. Eugène Fromentin dans son tableau de La Rue Bab-el-Gharbi à Laghouat présente une peinture scindée en deux, l’ombre et la lumière, la mort et la vie. Il met en scène dans la partie sombre, des corps étendus à même le sol, cherchant sans doute un refuge dans la fraîcheur limitée de l’ombre de la rue.

 

 

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Plus loin dans l’exposition, nous sommes projetés dans des décors luxuriants : le Champ de Bananiers de Renoir et d’autres tableaux où la jungle domine à perte de vue, étrange sentiment de petitesse face à une nature aussi envoutante qu’hostile. En tournant la tête on peut aussi admirer la vue d’une Mer calme, d’Albert Marquet, ce qui finalement nous fait réaliser l’ambiance paradoxale de l’Orient telle qu’elle est imaginée et vécue par les peintres européens : un Orient sensuel, lascif et royaume de vie, qui peut aussi se transformer en terre aride et inhospitalière, dans laquelle l’homme navigue rêve et cauchemar…

Si vous souhaitez que nous vous organisions une visite privée d’exposition ou de musées à Paris… contactez-nous ici.

Make fashion yours

27/07/2018

This week, under the burning Parisian sun, we have met our fashionable partner, a personal stylist and a personal shopper. We strolled around the emblematic Marais distirct, entering in a few boutiques and then interviewed Aloïs in the gardens of the Hôtel de Soubise.

Discover Paris fashion, Marais district or others and their myriad of boutiques. Guided by Aloïs, Parisian chic will be no mystery for you!

Discover the art of fashion, style and latest trends through a shopping tour in Paris, from the Marais district to more luxurious shops, feel free to choose your own environment.

To organise the tour, click here.

 

Sophie de la Bigne et le savoir-vivre à la française

27/07/2018

An exclusive interview on a French “savoir-vivre” coach.

A lesson of excellence.

ArtLuxury had the great chance to interview Sophie de la Bigne, our elegant coach in French “savoir vivre” and “étiquette”.
In this video she shows us how to lay a table in the “règles de l’art”, according to the rules which were set in Versailles a few centuries ago.
Etiquette and protocol will soon have no more secrets for you!

Participate to an exceptional dinner in an exclusive restaurant where you will be guided throughout the dinner by a passionate specialist of the “Parisian chic ” which is known the world over. Expert for more than two decades in French good manners, she will unlock for you the unwritten codes of proper conduct at dinner in French high society.

For more information, click here:

 

 

Dancing with Picasso and Rodin

Dancing with Picasso and Rodin

27/07/2018

This summer, emblematic Parisian museums gave themselves the word: Rodin and Picasso have been put on a pedestral in the museum Rodin as well as in the Garnier Opera. Several works of both artists are being exposed, all having the same theme: dance. ArtLuxury went to admire these masterpieces and takes you to meet these painters who managed to give life to motionless statues and paintings.

Even if these exhibitions have similar names: ” Rodin and the dance ” and ” Picasso and the dance “, they are far from being alike. The artists explore the theme of dance from almost opposite manners. One tries to capture the movement on an immobile support while the other one participates in the creation of decorations and costumes for ballet performances. Let yourself be guided in this atmosphere of bliss and euphoria, discovering the masterpieces of these emblematic artists.

Everything started in the Rodin museum, it is at the heart of the seventh district that we can admire the famous Thinker of the sculptor. The talent of the artist does not stop at this masterpiece, Rodin has also created numerous sculptures representing ” movements of dance “.

 

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From 1890s, new experiences transformed the art of dance, far from codified entertainment it was before. Sensitive about those innovations, Rodin is interested in exceptional personalities, among whom Loïe Fuller and Hanako. One of the climax of these meetings is his encounter with Cambodian dancers in representation in Paris for the World Fair. At their departure, Rodin will say that ” they took the beauty of the world with them “. The complicity shared with these people brings Rodin to unite dance and sculpture. He is fascinated in all types of dances, from regional or oriental folk dances, cabaret dancers, to personalities of the contemporary dance.

What is fascinating in the masterpieces of Rodin, is his ease to represent movement. Gesture is neither smoothed, nor schematized, but melted, recomposed, every decomposition of the body is present, penciled, modelled there in itself before becoming movements. Rodin seized dance in his essence, as it appeared to him during shows, more at the peace, in his studio, a model taking the pose. The exhibition puts forward various Movements of dance, it redraws all the researches and experiments realized by Rodin. Expressing the life of bodies, translating their energy and the human effort which it demands, this is what the artist searched for.

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Whereas Rodin studies the movements and the body as if it was almost a mathematical structure, Picasso has a completely different approach, he contributed to ballets.

We knew that Picasso had met his first wife, Olga, in the troop of the Russian ballets. But what we ignored, it is that he had created his first decorations and theatrical costumes for the same Russian ballets, in the 1915s, at the request of Jean Cocteau.

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In this exhibition, we can discoverer many creations of Picasso around the universe of  ballet but also how it influenced the artist in his  works. For example, he was asked to create costumes for a Spanish ballet named “Tricorne” , with the music of Manuel de Falla. Pablo Picasso created typical Spanish costumes of Sévillanes with mantillas. Further in his life, we can observe how dance inspired him in his works, even in scenes of bullfight.

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From dancers of circus, erotic dancers to scenes of bacchanalia, everything seems to be a pretext to represent bodies in movement. The danced movements are omnipresent in the work of the artist, sometimes going as far as being present in his artistic process.

These two very different exhibitions show us how dance inspired these artists, colourful and in discoveries they knew how to make dance Paris during all summer!

 

To discover the mysteries of the Opéra Garnier, let yourself be guided by a historian who will tell you all the secrets of this marvelous place, click here for more information.

Laurence de Marliave: an artist embodying tradition and modernity

Laurence de Marliave: an artist embodying tradition and modernity

04/07/2018

Here comes the second edition of the Exceptional Rendez-Vous, we have met our sparkling and creative partner: Laurence de Marliave. Great painter and genius teacher, she has been studying at the Penninghen School of graphical arts, she then remarkably graduated the Beaux Art of Paris, becoming a gifted and skilled painter. In an exclusive interview, we ask Laurence about her thrilling job and passion.

What is your creative process?

I draw and paint every day, like a pianist practices his fingering. When I walk in the streets or when I take the metro, I try to imagine how I would draw people and things which surround me.

I really give a great importance to real life drawing, I think that it is crucial to create in live. Whereas many artists take pictures of what they want to paint, I think that doing this takes away the spontaneity of the artwork. The emotions are less powerful, the representations are less authentic and the movements seem cold and inanimate.

I think that instead of using technologies, we have to trust our own memory and inspiration.

In my pictorial work, a few characteristics stand out. What I really enjoy is creating structures. In front of a white canvas, I love to organize the space. I am passionate by architecture. I keep asking myself this question: “How can I represent structure on a flat material?” This is quite challenging!

I also give a great importance to light, chiaroscuro is most of the time present in my works. I enjoy mixing colors, they create the light and they make the art piece seem alive.

 

Have you been influenced by any artists or art periods?

I am passionate about the great Dutch artists. I love Vermeer for the calm and serenity which come out of the interiors he painted. We can find a lot of windows in his paintings, he has the talent to fill his interiors with light.

My favorite work of Vermeer is the Geographer, the character looks at a world map. He is probably standing in a room in Holland and is dreaming about travelling.

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Why did you decide to travel?

This time, I was influenced by Delacroix and his sketchbook. I had the opportunity to travel all around the world. I had the chance to visit many countries like China, Italy, Greece, Russia and this year to discover Iran.

The work of keeping a carnet de voyage requires capturing emotions and impressions of the moment that you are painting. It is real life painting, in front of the object or the subject. It is a way to get in contact with the inhabitants of the countries I visit. I am determined that art is a universal language.

From the moment I started painting on my sketchbook, children came around to see, mothers who looked for their children came too. At the end, it was the whole village which came together. Yes, art brings people together.

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You spend your life painting and travelling, your life must be exciting?

We often have the image of the artist, standing alone in his studio, trying to find inspiration. I think that art is before anything else a transmission and a way to express ourselves. This is why I teach art. I try to communicate my passion to people. In the Atelier de l’Étoile, there are between seventy and ninety students coming per year. For them, art is a way to get away from their busy daily life. They take the time to breathe and to be creative. It is a great way to forget just for an hour everything which annoys you.

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How would you describe your work?

My work? I would not say it is a work, I would call it a labor. It is hard. I constantly need to find inspiration, it is a work of perseverance. I is also out of the time since I do not see the time when I paint. It requires real commitment, I would say that it is a vocation.

It seems that in France, people are monomaniacs about conceptual art. I think that it is a shame that it is so much explored whereas there are so many different areas waiting to be discovered. I think that we need to go abroad in order to be more open-minded.

I think that I am both part of traditional and modern art. My aim is not to shock, I want to communicate beauty and emotions.

 

ArtLuxury offers you the great opportunity to spend some time with a genuine French artist. Have you always dreamed to capture Paris? ArtLuxuyry gives you the great opportunity to capture the city of lights…on a canva!

Here is our selection:

Meet a Parisian artist: this established painter and teacher will greet you in her studio near the Etoile and the Champs Elysées, 

Become an artist: Become an artist: penetrate an artist’s workshop and enter her universe to create your own work (which you may keep) in the manner of Van Gogh, Matisse, Bakusen and other major French and Dutch painters.

Artist in the making: this ludicrous and pedagogic approach will enable your children to leave with their own paintings and/or posters.

 

For more bespoke arrangements, contact us.

Fragonard museum: emblematic of the French art de vivre

Fragonard museum: emblematic of the French art de vivre

07/06/2018

In the midst of a hectic Paris there lies a place filled with tranquility and calmness; the Square Louis Jouvet. In the middle of the grand Haussmann buildings there stands a statue of a poet riding a Pegasus. Nothing is more inspiring than that!

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It is on this small street where we can find the Fragonard museum. This world-renowned perfumery house opens their doors to us and invites us to discover the magical art of perfumes. As soon as we enter the museum we are immediately met  with exhalations of various scents, inviting us to an unforgettable journey.

ArtLuxury Experience has visited this magical world of French perfume, and we invite you to be transported to a memorable olfactory experience, so get ready to discover all the secrets of this famous perfumery.

Created by the great grandson of the founder of Fragonard, Jean-François Costa, the museum houses numerous perfumery objects in their collection. Due to his passion of perfume he decided to collect rare pieces, mostly perfume bottles coming from all historical periods: from ancient Egypt to present day. Perfume bottles have evolved tremendously over time; from simple containers in ancient  Greece they have today become the center of modern marketing strategies.

We are told, during our visit, various anecdotes concerning the use of perfume by our ancestors. We learned in the Middle Age people who used perfume thought it would protect them from catching the plague. During the time of King Louis XIV, courtiers over used this precious liquid: instead of washing themselves with soap and water, they cleaned their skin with their eau de toilette!

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The visit continues and we are transported into the universe of perfume creation. It is in Grasse, the world capital city of perfume, where the Fragonard perfumery was born. It was just before the beginning of World War One that Eugène Fuchs decided to start his own perfume company. Creative and ambitious, he came up with a new concept; directly selling his perfume products to clients and visitors. In tribute to the famous painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard (17-1806), a Grasse native, the founder of the perfumery decided to call the company Fragonard. The choice of the name expressed his desire to run his business in accordance with French traditions.

Then, we are taught the different techniques used to extract flower essence. After the extraction, they are mixed with other various essences resulting in an exceptional aromatic bouquet. Numbers are gigantic: to produce one liter of rose essence, at least three tones of flowers are needed. Later, we are given a small lesson on the structure of perfume. A perfume is divided into three classes according to the scents that can be sensed in different periods of time after the application. We first have the “top note”, the scent which can be sensed immediately after the perfume is applied. Then, there is the “middle note”, the one which appears as soon as the “top note” disappears. It characterizes the perfume. Finally, we have the “base note”, it dissipates gradually and fixes the perfume to make it last in time. Perfume is therefore not an immovable entity, it adapts and evolves depending on its surroundings.

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After going around a room exposing a large number of perfume flasks labels, we are being led to a counter on which displays the most famous perfumes of the house. We got the opportunity to smell but also to guess the different essences used for its creation. To the most common smells like rose or lavender to more unusual ones like black pepper or marshmallow. After this blind test, we had the chance to attend a short perfume application lesson. We are told not to rub our skin with perfume since it breaks the molecules of the scent. Two “pschitt” on your wrist are enough, you then delicately need to apply the rest of the perfume on your neck and behind your ears. Perfume has no secret for us now!

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To conclude with this visit, we were free to wander around the boutique where we could smell all of Fragonard’s famous perfumes. Visiting this place was unforgettable, everything is beautiful, for the nose as well as for the eyes: a real sensory delight!

It is undeniable, Fragonard Perfumery embodies perfectly the French art de vivre.

ArtLuxury Experience would be delighted to offer this unique experience: starting with a visit of this museum you will be then invited to a workshop in which you will have the opportunity to become a nose the time of a perfume composition. Guided by a professor, create by yourself your eau de toilette. Mix different essences depending on your taste in order to create a unique scent: your own.

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Constance Guisset, design actio !

Constance Guisset, design actio !

19/02/2018

About Constance Guisset

 

Born in 1976, Constance Guisset is a French contemporary designer well known in the design World.

After studying economics at ESSEC and politics at Sciences Po Paris, she turned herself towards industrial design studying at ENSCI.

Very versatile, Constance Guisset is as talented in design as she is in installation and scenography. With a subtle and delicious touch of impertinence, she likes to take action, create, respond to demand, sidestep it, and sometimes provoke it too.

Besides, she won many prizes in design and scenography such as Paris Grand Design Prize, Creator of the year – Maison&Objet, Designer’s Days price for best scenography, Wallpaper prize “Best Use of Color”, …

She has worked in collaboration with big design studios all around the World and today is showcased in many museums such as Centre Pompidou and is demanded for exhibitions scenography. She also works in collaboration with famous brands like Monoprix or Cyrillus.

 

 

About the exhibition

 

In the heart of Paris cultural center, the musée des Arts Décoratifs welcomes you after the huge success of Dior exhibition to dream through Constance Guisset’s work.

Just in between the very famous Louvres museum and the wonderful Tuileries garden, this institution in located in a magical and historical neighborhood.

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After having worked a lot in collaboration with the musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris signing some of their most beautiful exhibitions scenography, Constance Guisset is finally exhibiting in her own right.

Upon this exhibition, she is showing us her own approach of design and her vision of our contemporary World in a very innovative and surprising way. She organized the visit like if it was a home and transformed the museums units into living rooms. For each, she thought about a specific action which is peculiar to this place and brainstormed some keywords around the subject. For instance, the hall is ruled by the action of welcoming.

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The exhibition is divided in two parts, Museum Life and The Life of Objects.

 

In the first part, each room shows traditional art pieces from Middle Age, Renaissance and French Monarchy such as tapestries, furniture, crockeries, wooden friezes and sculptures. Always thinking about the room atmosphere and purpose, Constance Guisset confronted these historical pieces with contemporary objects she made. What is more, she made objects converse with each other revealing design history in a very humorous and educative way. For example, you’ll find in a room a 16th century canopy bed discussing on sleep history with its nephew, the PLUME bed, one of her own creations which is more of a modulate object. At the end, you’ll have a view on how our expectations of living has evolved upon the centuries.

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The second part, still following action words, focuses more on her own creations. More of a succession of rooms and surprises, this part invites the visitor to participate and live the experience of the room atmosphere. First room is about the action Captivating and was transformed into a magical immersive installation with lamps playing with light and shadows. Then you enter the living room where you can have a sit on coaches, chairs or footstools and take some time to read, draw, discuss with people around, all in all to take some time to live in together. Moreover, visitors are invited to open some closets and uncover real contemporary cabinets of curiosities.

For the end of this part you’ll pass by diverse rooms walking through corridors entirely overwhelmed by her studies and researches, offering to you a creative journey inside her universe.

 

In conclusion, considering that design is the art that reflects its time, Constance Guisset presents you her creative process. More than an exhibition, this is an exclusive experience that we totally recommend. This exhibition is perfect for a family outing and will make dream, laugh and think everyone from any generation.

 

This exhibition ends on march 11th, don’t wait until then! For an exclusive and private tour experience, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Exhibition : Degas, Danse, Dessin

Exhibition : Degas, Danse, Dessin

12/02/2018

To know about Degas :

French painter and sculptor, Degas (1834-1917) is known to be one of the most important representatives of Impressionism. His innovative compositions and movement particular analysis lift him above the others.

He studied at the famous Ecole des Beaux Arts and became a brilliant drawer which will always be specific to his art.

However, whereas his contemporaries where mostly interested about landscapes, Degas was more focusing his paintings on figures.

Fascinated by ballet, Degas has worked a lot about shows, considering them like the perfect exercise for drawing fast movement and spatial composition.

Going behind the scene, Degas will discover, through the dancers’ intimacy, and paint a very interesting and critical contrast between, on the one hand the magic of costumes and performances, and on the other hand, the dancers’ actual social situation.

 

Exhibition :

Orsay Museum presents you a 20-years-old friendship between a painter and a writer which was for both an engine for creativity. Referring to the book of Paul Valery Degas Danse Dessin, this exhibition offers the opportunity to have a new perspective on the famous painter through the eyes of his friend and famous poet.

Guided by the forgotten book of Paul Valéry, you discover the complementarity of both arts. You can see some quotes illustrating sculptures and paintings, drawings of Valéry’s writing hand by Degas, illustrations for the writer’s book, pictures, …

 

Travelling through Degas universe, you will have a look on a big variety of techniques and works such as nude sketches, drawings, studies, paintings, sculptures. …

This exhibition helps you understand step by step how from nude sketches, Degas interested himself to gesture, to finally explore the dance universe.

What is mostly interesting about his work is how he represents the posture. Indeed, the contrast between extreme precision of position and material brutality is a very impactful way to show the difference between the spectacle illusion and the dancers hidden situation.

About brutality, you can see on the drawings and paintings flaming color touches contrasting with cold colors. From color to material, the artist energy showcases movement and brings his paintings to life.

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Exhibition hosted at Musée d’Orsay and ends on february 25th, don’t miss it ! If you want a special experience with one of our specialist please click here to have more information.

MoMA’s exhibition at the Foundation Louis Vuitton

MoMA’s exhibition at the Foundation Louis Vuitton

15/01/2018

MoMa’s history:

Founded in 1929 in New York the Museum of Art Moderne, more known under the name of MoMA, is one of the first museums to being dedicated exclusively to the contemporary art and modern. It puts forward the new movements of art such as the cubism and surrealism, as well as architecture and the cinema… MoMa knew to dissociate other museums because it evolved with its time, but especially it knew to be visionary while being the first museum to propose the modern art in all these forms. Thus other museums as the center Georges Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London followed the step while being dedicated to art modern. The success of MoMA was such as it had to change three times of site to be able to expose one plus a large number of works and to accommodate a larger audience, to its last current installation in Manhattan (New York). Currently in work in order to still increase its space of exposure until 2019, there remains nevertheless open to the visitors. Its immense notoriety comes owing to the fact that it has one of the largest collections in the world with more than 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, photographs, models and art objects, like 22,000 films in any kind. It preserves many famous parts such as: self-portrait with the buckled hair of Frida Kahlo, the Persistence of the memory of Salvador Dalì (these two works are besides present in this exposure to the Foundation Louis Vuitton), Young ladies of Avignon of Pablo Picasso…

MoMA in Paris: 

During its works of expansion MoMA announced a collaboration with the Louis Vuitton Fondation. And, for its first time in France, such place for an exhibition is obviously not harmless!

In fact a selection of 200 pieces of art from its exceptional collection is presented in all the showrooms of the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

Showcased in the amazing architecture of this place, the scenography organized around the 4 main rooms offer a chronological tour redrawing the history and the evolution of the MoMA, inviting visitors to contemplate these contemporary works under all their forms: paintings, sculptures, photos, movies, architecture…

The visit begins at the bottom floor of the Foundation, presenting  the initial acquisitions starting from the creation of the MomA in 1929 and redrawing its evolution until the 50’s.

This room is composed of three parts, all parts hang together in chronological order by highlighting the contemporary movements of these periods.

The first part is dedicated  to the collection of the MoMA of its origins from 1929 until 39; it includes some works such as : (…) all received by donation from private collectors. Thus originally the main works exhibited were paintings and sculptures; then later  the new collections become more and more multidisciplinary, highlighting the new forms of arts such as cinema, photography, architecture and design.
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Then we discover the second part, dedicated to the European origins of modernity. We can find there masterpieces such as « Boy leading a Horse » of Picasso and « Palette » of Matisse, etc paying a tribute to the main movements of this period: the cubism, the futurist, the abstract and the surrealism.

The last part finally approaches the American abstraction. Indeed this contradicts the reputation that the MoMA is too much focused on the European art and not enough presenting the American artists and movements. In the years 1940-50, in the post world-war II international context of the Cold War, MoMA championed the first main pictural American movement, the Abstract Expressionist, including the « action painting », highlighting the importance of the artist gesture, endorsed here by Jackson Pollock, and also the « Colorfield painting » which describes the expressive use of color embodied by Mark Rothko.

We pursue the visit up to the next floor to approach, from level 0 until level 2, the thematic « being moderne », a perfect illustration of the innovative will of the MoMA over the years.

Thus the main room in floor 0, as a breakthrough of the abstract expressionist addressed in the previous period , features two new movements: the minimalism and the Pop art.

The first section gathers series, paintings and minimal sculptures, whose approach aims at simplifying the works, providing of simple structure, generally geometric as shown by the use of the grid represented in « The marriage and squalor » created by Frank Stella.

Such approach is also retranscribed in architecture, as for example through the model for the « Lever House », as well as the segments of the « curtain wall » of the United Nations building.

The second section for its part highlights the Pop America of the 60’s. The popular culture of mass is illustrated by this « Pop art » movement, which is essentially visual and repetitive. Included major works of Andy Warhol as « Double Elvis » and « Campbell’s Soups Cans», but also other major artist, like Roy Lichtenstein with « the Drowning girl » reprise of a comic book illustration where he transpose the Pop art style.

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The visit continues on the next floor up, which presents two new evolutions : «  Art in action » and « Images and identities ».

The art in action reflects the new artistic forms of the years 60’s and 70’s. Indeed, many protest movements appear, pulling the artists to question themselves on the roles of art and the artist’s engagement in the society. Many of these artists sought to bypass the border of the usual arts, using new materials which are often poor or unusual, and to realize new forms of art such as ephemeral, nonmaterial… These new works are clearly considered in line with the conceptual art.

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The second part of this room is devoted to the American scene during the years 80’s and 90’s, reflecting the artists position against the Vietnam War. It is also highlighting the engagement of these artists in the « cultural wars » between conservatives and progressives. Many artists are going to express their opinions on news headlines such as among others gender, racial issues…

The last part of the exhibition at Floor 2 is finally focusing on the art of the 21st  century. The evolutions and all the acquisitions from the last two dec des are presented here : the revolution of the digital technology, opening new fields and prospect of creation in all disciplines such as design, architecture, along with « hybrid art », photography, up to video and « emojis » (Pixel art) …thus breaking all museological codes.

To conclude this wonderful exhibition on a musical note, immerse yourself in the magnificent and unique spatialized adaptation of « the Forty part Motet » from Janet Cardiff, featuring its contemporary creation revisiting a sixteen-century’s polyphonic music.

We are delighted to introduce you to a foretaste of this exhibition through this short film realized for you.

Fondation Louis Vuitton : 8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi. Bois de Boulogne – 75116 – Paris

From 11 octobre 2017 to 5 mars 2018.

 

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Hermès à tire d’aile

Hermès à tire d’aile

23/11/2017
Discover and travel trough the world of Leïla Menchary, artistic director of Hermès.

Maison Hermès is illustrating an authentic traditional family business… In 1837 Thierry Hermès first established the company Hermès, manufacturing high-quality harnesses and bridles for the carriage trade. His son Charles-Émile, installed in 1880 the house in its mythical address 24 rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, and further developed the company in leather craft for riders, such as bags and other accessories. In years 1910’s his grand son Emile Maurice launched the manufacturing of luxury leather luggage, bags. Later in 1920/1930 he further developed creations in leather bags such as the famous leather « Sac à dépêches » in 1935 (later renamed the « Kelly Bag » after « Grace Kelly ») as well as further diversified with clothing collection, such as the mythical Hermès carrés (square scarves) in 1937. In the fifties Hermès launched the perfume activity highlighted by the world renowned « Eau d’Hermès » in 1951. In the second part of the 20’s Hermès extended its activity intertionally, and became one of the world-wide leading reference as high fashion luxury good manufacturer.

 

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Born in 1928 near of Hammamet in Tunisia, Leïla Menchari, graduated from the Beaux-Arts in Tunis, as well as the École nationale supérieur des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where she was admitted in the painting section at « atelier Narbonne ». Her passion for accessories and fine arts, and especially her friendship with Azzedine Alaïa introduce her to the world of fashion and sewing. This is how Guy Laroche hired her as fashion model after her graduation from les Beaux-Arts de Paris. Then, her meeting with Annie Beaumel marked a turning point in her artistic life. She became  her assistant and her first designer before being nominated in 1978 head of the decoration of Hermès. Since that day she not only managed the windows of Hermès flagship store decoration but also the Comité de coloration de la soie ( silk coloration committee ) at Hermès. Thus 4 times a year she decorated the shop windows, inspired by her dreamlike universes crossing Oriental and Occidental influences , using both luxury and raw materials. Called « Chief Magician » by the profession as an ultimate recognition, Leïla Menchari, from season to season, offers her dreams and unique talent in concocting with magic and Art the shopwindows of Hermès

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The chocolate world of Un Dimanche à Paris

The chocolate world of Un Dimanche à Paris

28/09/2017

ArtLuxury-37Set in the paved Cour du Commerce-Saint-André in a historic building, including the remains of a 13th century tower, Un Dimanche a Paris is a unique destination for your culinary senses. A unique space in Paris; only rivalled by its innovative approach to patisseries and most importantly as a chocolatier. Its creator Pierre Cluizel’s love and passion for chocolate is infectious. Chocolate addicts would definitely feel at home in this “concept store”, at the same time restaurant, tea room, shop and cooking school. This paradise dedicated to cocoa in all its forms could convince even the most fervent savoury addicts. One of their most renowned items is their hot chocolate, a drink which often can be heavy, yet Un Dimanche a Paris has managed to create a concoction which one could drink continuously. Through its velvety texture and its ideal blend of bitterness and sweet, there’s no denying that it is the most delicious hot chocolate in Saint Germain des Prés, if not Paris. The patisseries follow the same path of excellence. While mixing tradition and modernity may be understood as a common device in today’s restaurant; Un Dimanche a Paris brilliantly manages to stand out with unique creations. For instance, their ‘Galet’, which translate to ‘pebble’ in English, appears to be a small rock like those found on the French beaches. Yet, when one cracks the white chocolate stone they discover a white chocolate mouse with salted caramel which mixes perfectly with the Genoese on which it rests.

If the many wonderments of the tea room (more accurately the hot chocolate room) and the shop, Un Dimanche a Paris offers cooking classes for both the professional and the novice in the art of chocolate and patisseries making. Their kitchen located above the shop feels like that of a great Parisian apartment, allowing its students to feel immediately at home in a bubble of French culinary arts.

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ArtLuxury Experience was fortunate enough to visit this kitchen, which can be seen as a lab of delectable creations, whilst the sous-chef was preparing a white chocolate glaze… the smell was enough to make even the most reluctant students roll up their sleeves and bake. Although if one simply wants to indulge in patisseries and fine chocolates, the tea room is perfect place to do so. The stone walls, which have seen much of Paris’ history, create an intimate and homely atmosphere perfect to enjoy the house’s delicious hot chocolate and their various patisseries.

Passion would be the best word to use to describe Un Dimanche a Paris. It is both the feeling that emanates through this to be institution and its creations, as well as, what you will develop for it after having experienced Un Dimanche a Paris. Beyond the classes and the restaurant, the shop itself is a treasure trove for chocolate lovers, and history lovers at that since it’s located in the building which use to house Marat’s printing press. In the shop you can find most anything related to chocolate, from chocolate bars to chocolate covered spices recommended to be used on savoury dishes like baked salmon. Undoubtedly, it would be easy to spend hours, if not days, at Un Dimanche a Paris.

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ArtLuxury Experience would gladly organise a tour around Un Dimanche a Paris for both the chocolate enthusiast and the reluctant savoury devotee. Contact us to make Paris truly yours.

A wind of change sweeps the Biennale Paris 2017

A wind of change sweeps the Biennale Paris 2017

19/09/2017

The Biennale Paris, the name is enough to evoke all the finest the world has to offer in the field of decorative arts and jewellery. Founded in 1959 by André Malraux to promote the French arts, it has since been the place where the great collectors and the great houses of art, antique furniture and jewellery meet. Despite the absence, this year, of the great jewellery houses such as Cartier or Van Cleefs and Arpels, the Biennale has not lost its prestige, on the contrary the absence of such names – one might say too well known – gives a more intimate dimension to the event. Under the glass roof of the Grand Palais, antiques cohabit with modern art with a sense of harmony, however it is rare to see a gallery or an antique dealer extending its gaze to both in a significant way. This choice is understandable since each house wants to be the reference of choice in the style that it represents and that each house draws its essence from a distinct epoch. The jewellers, on the contrary, seem to take a certain pleasure in mixing the styles and epochs in their displays. In their eyes a jewel remains a jewel and its beauty remains undeniable.

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The house Véronique Bamps thus lead us to discover a necklace which at first, appears as a work created this year by one of the great houses who wants to follow the fashion of stones with unusual colours. However, the jewel does not date from this year, nor from the last century, the necklace was actually worn as early as the 19th century. Thus, the seemingly unique jewel, is easily paired in the display with a pair of earrings from the Maison Jar, founded in 1978. Yet, classic jewellery does not lose its place despite the wind of renewal that is carrying the Biennale forwards. To this idea one needs but to admire one of the tiaras on show from Alain Pautot to understand that the jewels are timeless and made to be passed down.

 

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The Biennale celebrating the antiques dealers, it would be impossible not to praise them, at least to not acclaim their collections. Whether their style is pop or Louis XVI each collection emphasizes excellence in its domain. Thus the Galerie de la Presidence, which specializes in the masters of the 20th century, exhibits in a sober setting the works of Raoul Dufy (see photo), Alexander Calder, Paul Signac and many other equally prestigious artists.

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While some choose sobriety in their decor, putting a preference on the works as such, others have decided to create real interiors to contextualize their collections. The Gismondi gallery is a superb example with these lacquered panels which creates a jewellery box setting to house and highlight its collection of 17th and 18th century art and furniture. However, it must not be supposed that only the galleries which promote more modern art adopt a simple setting for their intriguing works. The Galerie Mendes, a dealer of antique paintings and drawings, shows its works in quasi-darkness which individualises them and gives them the modern appearance in vogue amongst collectors. Finally, the most famous houses such as G. Sarti and the Perrin gallery seem to have evolved with the desire to please less traditional collectors. Such an evolution is felt in their way of exhibiting their works. A more contemporary approach with a certain simplicity that better suits contemporary decorative tastes. In this way, we can feel the emphasis on the living aspect of their collections, which would have their rightful place in prestigious museums as well as in our apartments. Other galleries have chosen to follow the fashion for cabinets of curiosities, often seen in high end boutiques, seeking to astonish visitors.

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To conclude, the Biennale Paris 2017 seems to have definitely opened a new chapter in its incredible history. By attempting to modernize the event, all while retaining the essence of the event, the organizers found themselves faced with a risky challenge at which they brilliantly succeeded. Apart from the numerous exhibitors who followed this wave, the Biennale hosted an exhibition of the Barbier-Mueller collections. This collection alone reflects the new face of the Biennale since it contains works by artists such as Élisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun and Jeff Koons. It also reflects the new Biennale by its international aspect, an trait that is reflected in the variety of exhibitors. Thus about a third of the collections presented are those of foreign galleries. It is on this note of international renewal that the Biennale ends to return next year, since it is now an annual spectacle.

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Quintessence or the excellence of French Spirits

Quintessence or the excellence of French Spirits

13/09/2017

Quintessence is defined as the ultimate form of refinement and as the very essence of something. ArtLuxury Experience had the pleasure to discover the most prestigious French spirits at the Salon des Spiritieux Français: France Quintessence at the Pavillon Ledoyen. However, whilst one thinks first of the great classics of French alcohols such as cognac, armagnac or calvados; there is a tendency to omit that other spirits can ultimately reach the level of these great French ones. Thus many spirits, most of which find their origins abroad, have been refashioned to fit French tastes by young houses that warrant to be encouraged. The first of these spirits, whose name resonates as the supreme of all English alcohols and is seen as a way of life in England: gin seems to have found its place amongst the French spirits.

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The first house that brought to our attention the extensiveness of French alcohols is the Decroix house. Authors of an exceptional organic cognac, Decroix have now begun the challenge that is the production of an organic gin of excellence, both in terms of its organic agricultural origins and its elaborate and complex taste. At the origin of their project, an extraordinary Sichuan pepper plant planted on their farm more than twenty years ago. Its berries with their powerful and spontaneous aroma create a sense of freshness in the mouth, along with hints of pepper, aniseed and lemon; thus giving the basic notes of Decroix’s gin. This gin, which does not resemble any other, never ceases to develop once in the mouth. Furthermore, its flavours don’t weaken with the addition of the traditional tonic, on the contrary they seem to be accentuated by it.
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Gin seems to find success among French spirits, to the point where two Parisians decided to create a gin that mixes tradition and eccentricity. The Lord of Barbés house, created in 2016, chose to craft a product whose container is just as refined and artisanal as the content. Thus the gin finds itself encased in a bottle created by Waltersperger master glassmakers (creators for Guerlain, Chanel and numerous prestigious French luxury houses). Its blue bottle, one could even say its blue Klein flask, seems essential to protect the treasure that it holds within. Thus, when one dares to discover it, one is able to taste a gin which mixes sweetness and complexity, as much by its immediate sensations as by those that it leaves in the mouth afterwards. Lord of Barbés by its style, its elaborate taste and its approach to the world of gin emerges to be the Parisian gin par excellence.

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After gin, whiskey appears to have found a place of choice at the heart of French spirits. However, one house that caught our attention is Warenghem and its Armorik Whiskey Breton range. This house does not see its production of whiskey as a clash to the Scottish and Irish tradition but as a reflection of the Celtic culture it shares with these two countries. Yet, Armorik differs from any other traditional whiskey through its manufacturing and especially its aging process. The temperatures being more mild in Brittany than in Scotland favours a slightly faster aging of the whiskey. It is the combination of all these elements which makes this whiskey truly unique, an aspect most definitely found in its compound taste and texture.

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It is now time to turn to Russia to seek the origins of this spirit which has being re-imagined for the French taste by the Guillotine house. Through them vodka becomes Parisian, and even beyond it becomes indubitably French.  As it is the result of the distillation of grapes extracted exclusively from the Champenois vineyards, a clear nod to French champagne production. It is simply impossible to say which of the two vodkas made by the Guillotine is the smoothest once in the mouth. The first, Guillotine Vodka, is supple and creamy, delicately lining the palate with the citrus notes and slightly fruity hints due to the grape that forms the structural complexity of the spirit. Secondly, Guillotine offers an even more surprising vodka, the Guillotine Heritage. Its woody notes, coupled with spices, vanilla and cinnamon lead this vodka to surprise us, a surprise furthered by its aftertaste which encompasses an umami side with a hint of liquorice and Sichuan pepper.

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Amongst these alcohols often inspired by cold and rain, we found a trace of the exoticic with Ti les Rhum de Ced. This house uses an AOC rum from Martinique as its base and then adds the freshest fruits and spices coming directly from the best producers of the world, thus creating a unique technique of macerations in the salt marshes of the Pays de Retz. Through this we get a taste and texture in the mouth that is incomparable to any other rum, the result of its French crafting or the distinct tastes provided by the different blends of fruit and spices.

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Lastly a house that caught our attention, not by its approach to adapt a foreign spirit or even a French one but by the fact that it has created a unique and new alcohol. The Maison Saint Germain has created a liqueur based on elderflowers, thought of as a tribute to the art of French aperitif and the Parisian années folles. This last element is evidently reflected in the design of their bottle which has an undoubtable Art Deco design, but also in its taste that brings to mind a certain carelessness and joie de vivre. This idea of ​​slowing down to enjoy a drink seems in contrast to the rapidity necessary to the production of this liquor, since the elderflower can only be harvested for two weeks in the year and all by hand. However, Saint Germain is able to produce a unique product every year, with suave and deep element that carry the palate with its sweet and fruity notes. Much like Paris it is a cosmopolitan spirit; allowing itself to blend perfectly with everything from whiskey through to prosecco passing by gin. The Saint Germain appears as an alcohol that will be talked about as the spirit that reflects Parisian elegance and carefree attitude.

 

 

ArtLuxury Experience would be proud to introduce you to other aspects of French culinary culture with its gastronomic experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

Dior: Designer of dreams

Dior: Designer of dreams

18/07/2017

Dior: Designer of dreams

In 1947, Christian Dior presented his very first collection, and got, a few months later the Fashion Oscar. 70 years later, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris pays tribute to this legendary fashion designer with an exhibition gathering some of the House’s most famous creations.

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Dresses like paintings:

While entering the first rooms of the museum, in the dark, visitors discover the world of Christian Dior. Here, the creator is presented first as an artist, holding a gallery with Pierre Cole, a friend. It is only a few years later that he decided to create his own fashion brand, as we know it today. Therefore, Art, and especially painting, was at the heart of his pieces, like the harlequin dress, or others inspired by the Jackson Pollock’s paintings.

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Dior’s artwork:

The next rooms bring Dior’s passions to life through all the creations exhibited. The visitors can first admire huge shading off from white to black going through all the colors of the rainbow. In the enlightened showcases, splendid dresses are displayed next to shoes, fragrances, bags, or gloves. As Mr. Dior said, “I want to dress women from head to toe”, and these Colorama rooms are the perfect representation of the creator’s will.

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Downstairs, following the exhibition’s path, visitors are plunged into what appears to be a garden, with a pinkish flowered floor as a ceiling. The room looks like an Eden garden in which floral dresses are presented. We learn there that Christian Dior finds flowers “after Women, the best creation on Earth” and uses them on dresses and as patterns for his masterpieces.

Expo Dior (Fleurs)

Fashion Legacy:

After Mr. Dior’s death in 1958, famous designers took his succession at the head of the artistic creation of the brand. From Yves Saint Laurent back then to Maria Grazia Chiuri today, they all left their mark on the company’s creations. As Carmel Show, editor-in-chief at the Harper’s Bazaar, said in 1947:” My dear Christian, your dresses have such a new look!” Mr. Dior’s successors kept this in mind and paid their tribute to pursue and further develop the fame of the Haute Couture House. We find there some dresses worn by royal families, some more extravagant ones or very sober ones like the suits designed by Mr. Raf Simons.

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At the end, the visitors walk through a dark gallery in which, like a timeline, Dior dresses are exposed, from its creation to today. After that, they enter a huge room, in which dresses are mixed with golden pieces for a breathtaking ending, leaving the spectators with eyes full of stars, admiring the greatness of the Dior House.

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David Hockney at the Centre Pompidou

David Hockney at the Centre Pompidou

05/07/2017

David Hockney at the Centre Pompidou : figurative art revival

From 21 June to 23 October, the Centre Pompidou houses the greatest retrospective of the work of English painter David Hockney, in collaboration with London’s Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum of New York.

 

An edgy life

 

Born in 1937 in a modest family in Yorkshire, David developed very early on a passion for art. Since his dad was a conscientious objector during the Second World War, David refused to do his military service and used to address political issues in his earlier works. He spent his life between England and Paris before travelling to the United States where he found his own genuine style, far from the avant-gardism he has been wrongly seeking for as yet.

 

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« The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you are an artist. » (David Hockney)

Going against his contemporaries, David Hockney has developed his artwork inspired by beauty, rather than politics and provocation. In search for an ideal of minimalism, color and impact, the swimming pool paintings – inspired by his lover Peter Schlesinger – undoubtedly embody this pursuit of beauty. Primary colors and geometrical shapes mingle with the Californian beating sun to create an atmosphere both liberating and sweltering.

 

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An amazing retrospective exhibition

 

For the first time, the Centre Pompidou gathered both the most grandiose and unknown works of the artist, thanks to a brilliant scenography. Hence, one will have the unique opportunity to admire Hockney’s drawings, especially his minimalist and suggestive portraits. All the periods are represented, from the swimming pools, the landscapes and double portraits, to his work as a photographer. An artwork like an ode to life or, as he himself said : « I think I am greedy, but I am not greedy for money (…), I am greedy for an exciting life. I want it to be exciting all the time, and I get it, actually. I intend to have it exciting until the day I fall over. ».

 

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