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.
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.
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 “.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Interested? To take part in this unforgettable experience click here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Set 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
« 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.
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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The Bac Sucré festival is an event organized by the 7th arrondissement town hall every year since 2015, in the “Rue du Bac”. Created by Florence Mazo Koenig, head of Rossini’s Girl, a Paris based PR Company, this initiative, from Tuesday 13th to Sunday 18th, gathered all the food shops, especially bakeries and chocolate factories around this street, in the heart of Paris. This event aims at encouraging local businesses, and promoting the local merchants’ expertise. By creating a partnership with almost 20 food stores, Florence has built a major event in the neighborhood, according to the huge success of the two previous editions. On this occasion, chefs, pastry cooks and chocolatiers present some of their most delightful creations to the public, following the annual theme. For this 3rd year, the Bac Sucré’s theme was “pepper”, and its use not only in cooking, but also and mostly in baking. Olivier Roellinger, the worldwide famous spices specialist, was the event exclusive and vip guest, and was holding a very inspiring conference, hosted in the town hall Grand Salon, focused on “pepper and sugary, paradox or sublimation?”
Salt and Pepper:
Among all these sweets makers, some famous shops were presenting salted creations. For example, Mr. Roger Yvon, whose reputation is not to be made, offered some roasted duck with green pepper in his “Boucherie de Varenne”. This butcher, who served many presidents and prime ministers, created a meal based on meat, cooked like a terrine, including pepper, used to enhance all the subtle tastes of the duck.
Another famous shop, partner of this event, was the cheese dairy, owned by Mrs. Nicole Barthelemy, whose product was a goat cheese sprinkled with a pepper mix from Olivier Roellinger called “pepper de la Luna”. As Mrs. Barthelemy said, pepper is quite difficult to match with cheese, but this one, both sweet and strong, revealed the refinement of her fresh goat cheese.
At the heart of the festival, bakeries were spotlighted for this sweet week. This year’s spicy theme was a true challenge for them, as pepper is not a common ingredient for baking. From a mango and passion fruit cheesecake by the Dalloyau Company to the mini tarte tatin proposed by Angelina, the partners of the event presented a lot of very different cakes and pastries.
New partner this year, the famous cookie maker Laura Todd invited us to taste its ephemeral banana, chocolate and pepper muffin in the BCBG Max Azria boutique. These collaborations between two different shops also represent the Bac Sucré’s spirit. La Cornue Company, another partner of the event, also hosted the creations of Mr. Conticini, a lemon cake and a chocolate “Chou à la crème” in its boutique. Another example of collaboration this year was the baking lesson offered by the Daloyau Company in the Miele Experience Center at the “Rue du Bac”. In this exclusive experience, customers were offered a VIP baking lesson with Mr. Yann Brys, the famous chef of the Dalloyau caterer. During this lesson the chef taught them to make a red fruits, coconut and pepper tart, a fresh dessert that perfectly matches the high temperature of the season.
Source: Bac Sucré
Major artisans in baking, some famous chocolatiers were present for this new edition of the Bac Sucré. Present at the 2 first festivals, the Jacques Genin chocolate factory was here again, attracting a lot of curious local inhabitants and tourists with various workshops. Every day of the event, the boutique organized some lessons about making your own marshmallows, chocolate bars, and tarts. During the last one, the pastry chef presented a unique recipe in which Sichuan green pepper was infused in the chocolate cream. This chocolate tart with a touch of spice was her exclusive creation for the festival. The chef mentioned “the key is to bring freshness to this tart by infusing such a pepper in the elaboration of this pastry”
Hugo & Victor, another chocolatier in the “Rue du Bac”, also used this infusion technique for its exclusive cake called “Hugo Chocolat”. They organized for the occasion a blind tasting of three different products, and if they were guessed right, the customers were rewarded to taste their ephemeral cake, a chocolate one with some pepper infused in it.
Throughout these two different experiences, the customers were disclosed the secrets of chocolate making, and discovered new tastes, combining chocolate and pepper.
Pepper and sugary, definitely not a Paradox:
This sweet week ended with a conference on “Pepper”, organized by the town hall, with Mr. Roellinger as a special guest holding the conference, together with contribution of every chef who participated to the festival.
During the conference, Mr. Roellinger highlighted the history of the so-called “queen of spices”, how it was discovered and how simple berries were mistaken for pepper. It appears that there are varieties of peppers and even in the same specie, the tastes might be very different. According to him, “pepper is to cooking what the Sun is to the cosmos”, and he points out the fact that pepper is what sublimes meals, and what has been present at the heart of our gastronomy for centuries.
Concerning baking, one usually perceive sugar and fat as comforting tastes. But the point is to use pepper to break these clichés and to enhance the flavors. Mr. Roellinger emphasized that the role of pepper is to highlight the other ingredients but never to give its own taste to pastries. It must be close to the main ingredients in terms of flavors to better go with them. Fauchon, the Parisian caterer, has been the first bakery to use pepper in their cakes in the early 2000. In chocolate factories, pepper is often used for balancing the different cocoa flavors, and only to sublime chocolatiers’ creations.
During this conference, some chocolates, with a pepper infused “ganache” were given to the public to understand the use of pepper in creating chocolate pieces. Mr. Roellinger then convinced the audience that pepper, and more generally spices, were to be used also in baking, and not only cooking. As a conclusion he addressed this message to the audience “ when baking, do not refrain yourself using pepper, be audacious and curious!”
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ArtLuxury Experience : founding member of the Comité Malmaison
ArtLuxury Experience is extremely pleased to announce the creation of the Comité Malmaison (“Malmaison Committee”). With its special partners L’Art et la Manière à la française, La Traction Parisienne and Yves de Bohan, ArtLuxury Experience established this year the Comité Malmaison in order to promote the renowned “French Art de Vivre” all around the world…
Lots of beautiful projects are on their way ! Stay tuned 😉
« 7e art dans le 7e » film festival : discover the Chilean cinema
The 16th edition of the film festival « 7e art dans le 7e » (« seventh art in the 7th arrondissement ») was held in Paris from 6 to 10 June. For this edition, Chile was the country under the spotlight.
Chilean cinema is one of the finest in the world. With talented directors such as Alejandro Jodorwosky and Pablo Larrain, Chilean movies are true gems of originality and beauty. During the festival, spectators had the chance to watch movies of all kinds and subjects.
For instance, the opening night of the festival gave the public the opportunity to attend the screening of Pablo Larrain’s movie Neruda, an entertaining portrayal of renowned poet Pablo Neruda. And among the other movies screened during the festival : Jodorowsky’s Dune documentary by Frank Pavich, singer Violeta Parra’s biopic Violeta by Andres Wood and the French comedy The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe by Yves Robert.
After each screening, spectators were allowed to debate with members of the film crew.
Films screened in exclusive places
The festival was a wonderful opportunity to visit some of Paris 7th arrondissement’s most emblematic places. From the Ecole Militaire (Ancient Military School) to Sciences Po Paris school of political sciences and to the gardens of the City Hall, all the screenings took place in exclusive unique places.
ArtLuxury Experience is proud to be located in this flourishing area, just between the Rodin Museum and the Eiffel Tower.
A grandiose mansion at the heart of Paris Champs-Elysées
Païva’s private mansion is a magical place at the heart of Paris. Located on world-famous Champs-Elysées avenue, this sumptuous residence was built in the 19th century by illustrious courtesan Blanche de la Païva. The mansion now houses the « Travellers » , one of Paris’ most coveted private clubs. As an exclusive partner of the club, ArtLuxury Experience made the visit for you.
First, a bit of history…
Esther Lachman was born under modest circumstances in Moscow. At the age of eighteen, she began a long journey across Europe which will lead her to Paris. There, she became one of Europe’s richest and most renowned courtesan. Known to be ambitious, she married a Portuguese marquis to adopt his title and name. From now on, she will be the Marquise of Païva. Thereafter, she seduced Count Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck who provided her the funds she needed to build her famous mansion on the Champs-Elysées avenue – a way to get her own back on her life. Architect Pierre Manguin and illustrious artists were in charge of making this place one of Paris’ finest town houses of the time.
A true architectural gem
Païva’s mansion is a masterpiece of both architecture and interior design of the Second Empire. As an art and exuberance lover, Marquise of Païva was committed to build a true architectural gem. Among the most famous pieces of the mansion one will admire the grand onyx stairway. The lavish Moorish bathroom, with its emblematic bathtub, is also an essential piece of this splendid residence.
Discover this unique confidential place…
Last week, ArtLuxury Experience organized the visit of Païva’s emblematic mansion for a group of 100 Americans from New York’s School of Womanly Arts. They were very impressed by the Marquise’s exceptional personality and delighted to discover this intimate and charming place, thanks to our two enthusiastic and devoted guides.
As Travellers’ exclusive partner, ArtLuxury Experience would be pleased to arrange either an exceptional visit or any kind of professional and private events in this wonderful place. So If you want to have the unique opportunity to experience this secret town house at the heart of Paris, please contact us !
Become a privileged member of the Royal French Court for a night
Have you ever dreamt of being the privileged guest of the King of France for a night ? The Chateau de Versailles made your dream come true on Monday, May 29th. During the Fetes Galantes, the magical and sumptuous atmosphere of Versailles’ evenings has been recreated for the greater enjoyment of exclusive guests.
An event steeped in History
This year the Fetes Galantes echoed the royal visit of Tsar Peter the Great in Versailles 3 centuries ago – subject of a current exhibition at the Grand Trianon. Art and gardens lover, the Tsar was also an ardent admirer of French culture. His 1717 visit in Versailles established a lasting friendship between France and Russia, based on art, cultural exchange and the same taste for excellence.
The pomp of the period
During this wonderful event, everything has been made to accurately reproduce the fabulous atmosphere of the period. All the guests were specifically requested to appear in all their finery for the occasion. So had the guests the opportunity to wear and admire the most elaborate wigs and hats, the most colored feathers and the most beautifully embroidered gowns of all times.
A buffet was laid on for the guests to enjoy a lavish selection of amuse-bouches : from delicious toasts to a large choice of delicate pastries and Ladurée macarons. The buffet was delicious… and so were the unlimited champagne and great wines.
Besides, the guests had the opportunity to take part in numerous activities. For instance they could play French pool and checkers, attend classical concerts and dance courses, and even having their palm read by a fortune teller. Above all, they had the unique opportunity to visit some parts of the palace that are usually closed to the public. All the elements were thus in place for making this event a very special and entertaining evening.
The Grand Finale
The night finished on a high note with a marvelous ball in the Hall of Mirrors. This memorable ball ended with a firework display which the guests enjoyed from the inside of the Hall. And when the clock struck midnight, everyone left the Château with starry eyes…
ArtLuxury Experience was truly delighted to minutely arrange the participation of some 40 Americans to this exclusive annual fancy ball, from the selection of their costumes and transport facilities to a devoted assistance throughout the evening.
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From 21 March to 3 September 2017, the Musée Picasso – Paris plunges its visitors in the intimacy of iconic Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, thanks to its new « Olga Picasso » exhibition. Through archive images and personal drawings, the museum invites you to discover Olga Khokhlova – Pablo’s first wife and inspiring muse.
The story of a romance
Olga was a dancer at the prestigious Russian ballet – directed by Serge Diaghilev – when she met Picasso in Roma, in the spring of 1917. One year later they married, with Guillaume Apollinaire, Jean Cocteau and Max Jacob as witnesses. In 1921, Olga gave birth to Paul, Pablo’s first child. After ten years of happiness and passion, they finally move away from each other, as Picasso begins an affair with the young Marie-Thérèse Walter. Yet, the couple stay legally married until Olga’s death in 1955.
The exhibition features plenty of portraits of the couple and personal effects. It allows the visitors to discover some of Picasso’s little-known works. The clean and elegant design of these works reveals Pablo’s love for the melancholic dancer he tenderly decided to draw, down to the smallest details. After Paul’s birth, motherhood becomes a key theme in the artist’s work with series of paintings representing Olga and the child.
Olga will remain a recurring figure of Picasso’s work until the end of their turbulent relationship. The gentle and pensive young girl of the first works will give way to a restless and painfully sad face in the latest paintings, marking the conclusion of a passionate relationship.
A wonderful museum
The exhibition is also a good excuse to discover this wonderful museum, in the Marais neighborhood in the heart of Paris. The building is one of the finest mansion houses of the area and is protected as a historic monument since 1968. As one enters the ravishing oval inner courtyard, one immediately feels the magnificence of this museum and its exhibitions…
If you want to visit this fascinating museum filled with history and come to know Picasso’s artwork closely, please contact us !
The 28th edition of the most so-chic picnic and secret event of France took place on Wednesday, June 8, Place Vendôme, in the luxury heart of Paris! As usual, the participants of the White Dinner, only insiders and privileged persons who received a personal invitation, have been informed at the very last minute in which exceptional venue this famous picnic will take place: at 9:00pm started the “march” of this kind-of exclusive Flashmob for Happy Few!!
After the Champs-Elysées, the Concorde, the Louvre Pyramid and, last year, the gardens of the Palais Royal, the 2016 White Dinner in Paris took place on the Place Vendôme, historical and renowned centre of the Parisian fashionable life and Art de Vivre, including: famous dress designers, boutiques of the most exclusive French and International High Jewelry, and last but not least The Ritz Palace which reopened last Monday!
This year, thanks to its very efficient organization, the White Dinner invited over 7 000 guests to meet up Wednesday evening in Paris, where all participants – upon personal invitation only – must strictly respect the dress-code: all dressed in white, with the greatest decorum (white tableware ….), elegance, and etiquette, recalling the glamour of high French society.
As is traditional, the happy few left soon after midnight, taking up to the last waste to leave the place intact, as if nothing had happened…
Started in Paris in 1988, it is become today an international concept, with the same core values of organizing a secret posh picnic in the most beautiful places of the city! The very successful Dîner en Blanc International is today developed in 70 cities worldwide, and much more are currently applying for organizing this unique and so-chic White Dinner!
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The Museum Jacquemart-André, through fifty so prestigious masterpieces, makes a bet of tracing the history of a movement and a decisive time for the history of art: Impressionism
The exhibition, The impressionists in Normandy, is hosted in the museum Jacquemart-André… So before entering into the Impressionism’s world, we invite you to discover the finest Parisian private art collection near the Champs-Elysées! You will find magnificent decors in this famous Townhouse with its sumptuously decorated rooms! Among all the pieces from this amazing private art collection, you will discover works by Uccello, Mantegna, Botticelli, Tiepolo, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Fragonard and many others through the winter garden, the private apartments, the grands salons, the library, …
This exhibition highlights Normandy, because there are number of reasons to acknowledge Normandy as the birthplace of Impressionism! Halfway between Paris and London, Normandy has been the open-air studio of many famous painters for over a century. For several decades, Normandy would be the preferred outdoor studio of the Impressionists as Monet, Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, Sisley… who would all experiment with their art here on a constant quest for originality and innovation. You will discover many fantastic artworks, made by the greatest artists of this time, relying always on Nature, the richest source of inspiration for the history of art. These painters have been involved in the creation of an esthetic of light full, color, and the sweetness of the art living. The exhibition focuses mainly on the Nature and the Normandy’s landscapes…
The aim of The impressionists in Normandy is to evoke the decisive role played by Normandy in the emergence of the Impressionist movement, through exchanges between French and British landscape painters. From a historical to a geographic approach, the exhibition then shows how the Normandy landscape, especially the quality of its light, was critical in the attraction that the region had on the Great Impressionist Masters…
You will have the opportunity to admire this exclusive and unique exhibition until July 25th 2016 at the Museum Jacquemart-André in the heart of Paris. After the visit, we invite you to stop by the café Jacquemart-André in at the entrance of the museum, one of the most beautiful tea houses of Paris!
158 boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs hosts a unique and fantastic exhibition: Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion
At the present time, Paris, the fashion Capital, hosts this exhibition named “Fashion Forward, Trois siècles de mode” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary of its fashion branch… This is one of the richest collections in the world which gives us the unique opportunity to admire for the first time more than three hundred exclusive pieces, selected from a collection constantly enriched by donations and acquisitions…
This exhibition brings together 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion from the 18th century to today, selected from the museum’s collections to provide a novel chronological overview. It will take you, visitors, on a journey through time and highlight key moments in fashion history from the 18th century to our time…
Among all these unique pieces, we will discover: the robe of Kings Louis XV and Louis XVI, the so-called robe à la française, the costumes of the Emperor Napoleon and the Empress Josephine, the crinolines from the Second Empire, as well as, the first works of Jacques Doucet, the Art Nouveau aesthetic of the early 1900s, exclusive haute couture and ready-to-wear designs with a focus on iconic couturiers such as Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Gabrielle Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Balmain, …
Fashion is even more fascinating when it is not self-generating but open dialogues with the arts of its time! Through all this, you will also discover the evolution of techniques, materials and designs, the garments through its human, artistic and social context, some stories about the costumes as well as many decorative pieces of arts…
From April 7th to August 14th 2016, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs offers you the unique and exclusive opportunity to admire an all-embracing panorama of fashion history over several centuries!
Musée des Arts Décoratifs 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
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The Palais Galliera welcomes us to share with us owns some of the magnificent and exclusive pieces from its collection during a unique exhibition, Anatomy of a collection. This City of Paris Fashion Museum’s exhibition, where the garment comes and comes to lights under all its forms, reviews the history of clothing in its own way from the early 18th century to the present day…
Through the way and why the people wore it, the Palais Galliera invites us to discover a wonderful story telling, with this iconic side, across all these garments worn by a broad range of famous personalities or even unknown persons. There are more than one hundred garments and accessories from all the rich variety of the Museum’s holdings.
Among all these unique pieces, we can discover: The Napoleon’s waistcoat, the Empress Josephine’s dress, the Audrey Hepburn’s outfit, the Marie-Antoinette’s corset, a blouse that belonged to a First World War nurse, the Dauphin’s suit, the Cléo de Mérode’s riding jacket, a dress belonging to George Sand, the Sarah Bernhardt’s cape, a dress worn by the Duchess of Windsor and more… This is a fashion’s story told by those who wrote it, write it and will still write it!
Anatomy of a collection is dedicated to an exclusive clothing collection: it is not only History but a soul. By looking at each of the heritage pieces, we are not just looking at the garment itself, but we can also imagine the one who wore it and all the history there is around this collection’s piece.
The garment speaks for itself through the one who wear it…
The City of Paris Fashion Museum is highlighting the legendary fashion from the early 18th century to the present day until October 23th, 2016.
10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75016 Paris
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Since the creation of ArtLuxury Experience, we have already achieved the organization of several exclusive events in Paris. Today, we want to highlight this type of service on our website by publishing this specific and Tailor made offer, « Exclusive Event Designer».
While planning a unique and exclusive event specifically for you, ArtLuxury Experience, which motto is “make Paris yours”, will meet your every expectations and desires from the beginning to end, so as to transform your vision of the event into a reality! Upon your project, we will recommend and select for you the perfect venue to host your event among our large and exclusive selection of confidential places in Paris and around.
Once the venue is determined, we propose then to design for you a “à la carte” program that best suits the theme of your event. We therefore select with you the dedicated services from our exclusive vendor’s list: could it be about history, fashion, arts, French gastronomy, culture, or any aspect related to Art de Vivre… From talented artists like musicians, performers, designer-painters, photographers, to decorators, private chef, oenologists and even experts in good manners, ArtLuxury Experience will find out the ideal services to make your event as exclusive as you dream it to be.
ArtLuxury Experience ensures the full coordination of your luxury and exclusive event, from the design, vendor’s selection, up to the planning and the fulfillment of the whole project. We have the competence to organize and customize all kinds of exclusive events such as the privatization of a unique place for a wedding, private party, private show, or, better still, an exclusive private fashion show…
Over the last year, ArtLuxury has the hands-on experience in the design of exclusive and unique events such as one week ago, further to the privatization of one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris for a picnic we organized a private party at Maxim’s, this world renowned establishment in Paris. The heart of the evening was an extraordinary talent show performed by our guests themselves and not professionals: on stage of this “so chic”, they sang, danced, choreographed all night long. You can imagine the privilege to enjoy such an exceptional and exclusive evening!
Whether your project is a private event or party, a wedding or thematic journey in Paris, a business or press event, … ArtLuxury Experience will make your dreams come true. Together with the full commitment of our exclusive partners, we will customize a unique event for you!
Press Preview of the documentary film: “L’Aventure Hermione”
ArtLuxury Experience was invited yesterday to the pre-screening of the film “The Hermione adventure” (“L’Aventure Hermione”), which was hold in the Military School of Paris, under the auspices of Mr Le Bihan, Minister of Defence.
The broadcasting of this 110 minutes documentary film is scheduled on 18th December on French Television channel: France 3 in the frame of the program “Thalassa”, and later on channel France2.
Key personalities of both the Hermione initiative and the film were participating, among others Pascal Vasselin and Jean-luc Milan respectively film director and producer, Georges Pernoud, the famous creator and presenter of TV magazine Thalassa, as well as Benedict Donnelly, President of Association Hermione-La Fayette, Dominique Bussereau, Chairman of the General Council of Charente-maritime, and last Yann Cariou, the Commander of Hermione together with more than twenty crew members.
Key personalities of both the Hermione initiative and the film were participating, among others Pascal Vasselin and Jean-luc Milan respectively film director and producer, Georges Pernoud, the famous creator and presenter of TV magazine Thalassa, as well as Benedict Donnelly, President of Association Hermione-La Fayette, Dominique Bussereau, Chairman of the General Council of Charente-maritime, and last Yann Cariou, the Commander of Hermione together with more than twenty crew members.
We discover of course many difficulties and obstacles encountered, but most the ambition and passion which livened up the stakeholders and other volunteers of this wonderful project, from the origin until the fulfillment and success of the transatlantic crossing.
This film, “L’Aventure Hermione”, invites us to share the daily life on board of commander Yann Cariou and the whole crew members, composed of 80 volunteers, among which of numerous essential professionals for such an expedition: sailors, joiners, cooks, doctor …
It is fascinating to see all these enthusiasts facing the unknown, a long and historic sailing across the Atlantic, navigating in a contemporary replica of an original frigate designed in the 18th century, where nobody (including the commander!) has any experience.
Beyond The History which symbolizes this frigate that, with famous La Fayette on board, came bring in 1780 the military support of the kingdom of France to the American insurgents striking for their Independence, the Hermione of today clearly embodies the timeless values of a magnificent Human Adventure!
ArtLuxury Experience will very soon propose dedicated activities and programs related to this history of French-American friendship, do not hesitate to frequently visit our News page here.
Since November, for the greatest happiness of all food lovers, ArtLuxury Experience has the pleasure to offer you a unique gastronomic experience. From now on, we propose you to have your private Chef at home: at you entire disposal, he will make you discover his creations and new flavors … Thus you can surprise your beloveds with an extraordinary culinary dinner, with the comfort of your home that they will never forget.
Your Private Chef takes care of everything! He buys the best ingredients beforehand and cooks them right away, he personally offers the dinner service, last before leaving he cleans up your place.
Let the Private Chef guide you in his gastronomic universe, he will fascinate you by his art, creativity and talent of excellence.
With his partner, ArtLuxury Experience has preselected for you trained Chefs in the best institutes such as Paul Bocuse, having perfected their learning with starred Chefs such as Michel Rostang (2 stars), Christian Le Squer , Michel Guerard (3 star), Cyril Lignac (1 star) or having collaborated in the famous restaurants such as “Le Manoir de Kerbot” (1 star), Four Seasons George V (2 stars), Le Laurent (1 star)…
According to your preferences, we have selected for you two menus as well as a complete à la carte service. We will make you discover, through the passion and the personality of the Chef a cuisinegourmande combining elegance, tradition and modernity that will hopefully surprise your taste buds.
More over for this Christmas and New Year period we have elaborated for you a specific offer Gourmand Eve’s Dinner.
The Rodin Museum was inaugurated on November 9th, by Prime Minister, Mr. Manuel Valls and the Minister of Culture and Communication, Madam Fleur Pellerin, and reopened to the public on November 12th.
It took no less than three years to fulfill the need to reinforce the structure of this overburdened 18th century building and adapt it to current technical standards as well as to set up a new museography. The wooden floors, in particular, had not only suffered from an attendance of 700,000 annual visitors, but also from the excessive weight of the works of arts.
The major restoration’s achievement is an innovative highlight of the works of this worldwide famous French sculptor, and the presentation of new works inaccessible to the public beforehand.
Authentic example of the rocaille architecture that was fashionable in the early 18th century, listed as a historical monument in 1926, the Hotel Biron had been chosen by Rodin to make it an open place for work and creation as well as for exhibition.
In particular, rather than offering to teach or lecturing the young sculptors who flocked to his studio around 1900, Rodin gave them the opportunity to work, assist and collaborate with him.
The restoration has been designed to fully respect the link between Rodin and the architecture of the place, meaning to maintain the interaction between the galleries and the garden to preserve the play of natural light.
The priority was therefore to restore a warm, intimate and changing lighting and to create an atmosphere that would encourage the visitor’s personal encounter with the object. Thus a very sophisticated computer-controlled lighting system, unique in Europe has been installed: over the hours and the seasons the lighting changes according to the daylight. Internationally known masterpieces such as “The Thinker”, “The Kiss”, are thereby magnified by this new lighting.
The newly established museology gives a different look on the museum’s collections and reflects the original creative process of the artist: throughout its eighteen rooms the museum invites visitors on a tour combining a chronological and thematic approach. Among the new features, there is a space entirely dedicated to the collections of graphic and photographic works, which have never been presented previously.
The cabinet of curiosities also exhibits Master’s works, nearly fifty paintings and, for the first time, many pieces from his personal collection of antiques, including more than one hundred ancient fragments.
To conclude herewith the key message of Mrs Catherine Chevillot, the director of Rodin’s Museum:
” Exhibiting sculpture, giving it its rightful place, allowing the public to fully appreciate this particular way of apprehending the world was, and still is, the goal of the Musée Rodin, of its scientific and cultural policy, and even of its business model. In our modern age of dematerialized images and virtual or “augmented” reality, we tend to neglect direct confrontation with material objects and forms. By its very nature, sculpture cannot be reduced to an image alone: it takes time to appreciate its various facets, to observe it in changing lights… Whether it bears the marks of the sculptor’s hand or the traces of his research into volume, sculpture is essentially format, material, mass, color… Perhaps today’s viewer needs such confrontations of scale, tangible appearances and palpable objects to finally stop and look, recover an awareness of the self and of its physical limits in real space.”
Since this reopening ArtLuxury Experience is delighted to propose the visit of Museum Rodin, we invite you to consult our on-line catalogue.
New exhibition at Grand Palais : the painter E.L. Vigée Le Brun
This first retrospective devoted to the works of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun presents an artist whose life stretched from the reign of Louis XV to that of Louis-Philippe (one of the most eventful and turbulent periods in European and above all French history of modern times).
Self-portraits by Vigée Le Brun abound: paintings, pastels and drawings that elegantly associate feminine grace and pride. With the Ancien Régime and its School of Fine Arts coming to an end, she supplanted most of her rival portrait artists.
At Grand Palais: from 23 September 2015 to 11 January 2016
Inauguration of a new historical experience: “Paris through the Sun King’s Eyes”
Yesterday the ArtLuxury Experience team joined a group of Parisian historians and lecturers to inaugurate an original tour, “Paris through the Sun King’s Eyes”, with our guide Catherine. We followed the route that the Sun King took in 1660, when he presented his bride and new queen of France (the Infante Marie-Teresa of Spain) to the people of Paris.
By modifying the traditional itinerary for royal processions, Louis XIV dramatically announced his authority. The new course began along the east-west trade route, which we followed to arrive at the the city’s first straight street, which leads to its first royal square. It then passed other milestones: the Pont Neuf bridge, whose unique structure emphasizes royalty and a church whose groundbreaking architecture and decor show that only submission to God’s representative — the king — can lead to Salvation.
Deciphering those milestones meant understanding templates that city planners have adapted to Paris until our own times. But the city’s beauty is rarely credited to the kings: the walk ended by suggesting why.
The Hermione left Castine, Maine, this morning where she has received a warm welcome due to the important french community living in this small city. Ball, concert, pageants, animated this last stop-over in America which ended with magnificient fireworks. Now on her way to Canada, the Hermione will follow the steps of Lafayette who sailed there before Louisburg’s battle in 1781.
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The Hermione arriving today in NYC : we could never imagine a so impressive contrast!
After sailing in the Bay of New-York with the crew dressed in historical costumes for the occasion, greeting successively the Verrazano Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan the Hermione stopped then at the South Street Seaport. The famous fregate will stay at dock until the Independance Day as the Hermione is the guest of honor of the great naval parade on the Hudson River. Once this surreal show performed, the vessel will leave the Big Apple for Greenport on the 5th of July.
Iconic nightclub Les Bains is revived as a luxurious Hotel
After hosting a bathhouse in the late 19th century and a famous nightclub opened in 1978 which recently became an artist’s squat, this Iconic nightclub, “Les Bains”, is now resurecting as a luxurious Hôtel. Vincent Bastie who renovated the Hôtels Marignan and Murano and Tristan Auer who supervised the revamp of Le Crillon redesigned the space organization while keeping Philippe Stark spirit for the club and bar. With regards to the restaurant, Philippe Labbé, former chef in the Shangri-La Palace has developed a unique menu, “something new for Paris”, just like Les Bains.
Ephemeral Summer terrace in the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower
As a part of its commitment to sustainable developpement, a ephemeral summer terrace which will last until the end of August popped up on the Iron Lady’s first floor. Made of recycled materials such as pallets, sails and plastic, this terrace has all the furniture to be a very pleasant spot : 5 lounge areas with armchairs and sofas, swinging communal tables and even deck chairs with pedals which allow you to charge your phone while being eco-friendy. The bar area has a great variety of homemade ice cream from the Best Craftman in France and champagne for a little indulgence while enjoying the view.
In the hippodrome of Chantilly on Sunday 45.000 people were attending the Paris major event of the equestrian sports, the Prix de Diane. On the racetrack, Star of Seville surprised the public by quickly taking the lead and keeping it until the finish line. Lanfranco Dettori was welcomed by the ravishing Aishwarya Rai on the podium. But the Prix de Diane is not only about horses. In the morning, graceful young ladies capped with extravagant and grandiose hats were competing under the eyes of the Jury chaired by the glamorous Sophie Thalmann for the Concours d’Elégance. As this magical day was ending, the party continued, animated by lively music played by DJ Béatrice Ardisson while the sun was setting
After travelling thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean from France, L’Hermione, authentatically reconstructed by the associatoin Hermione-La Fayette has landed in Yorktown. A prestigious ceremony is taking place in this historic city and will then continue in the 11 additional ports in which the vessel will sail up for the next 2 months. Visitors are invited to join the festivities and participate to cltural events organized on this unique ship, symbol of the fraternal ties between France and the United States.
After having gone through last night’s storm, L’Hermione and its crew arrived safely in the American territory and joined a US destroyer to pay tribute to sailors lost in the Battle of Chespeake in 1781, crucial naval battle in the American War of Independence between the French and the British fleets. The majestic tallship will then visit Yorktown on the 5th of June, and continue its journey up East towards more cities of Franco-American historical significance.