Reopening of Rodin Museum-Paris

Reopening of Rodin Museum-Paris

19/11/2015

Reopening of Rodin Museum-Paris

 

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

22/09/2015

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”

Inauguration of a new historical experience: “Paris through the Sun King’s Eyes”

24/07/2015

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.

We are happy to propose this unique cultural experience, and invite you to find it on our on-line catalogue.

Hermione, Goodbye USA, hello Canada!

Hermione, Goodbye USA, hello Canada!

16/07/2015

Hermione, Goodbye USA, hello Canada!

 

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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National Day in Paris July 14th 2015

National Day in Paris July 14th 2015

15/07/2015

National Day in Paris July 14th 2015

 

The National Day commemorating the storming of the Bastille on July 14th 1789 was spectacularly celebrated in Paris, with amazing fireworks up to the reputation of the City of Light!

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The Hermione arriving today in NYC : we could never imagine a so impressive contrast!

The Hermione arriving today in NYC : we could never imagine a so impressive contrast!

01/07/2015

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.

 

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Iconic nightclub Les Bains is revived as a luxurious Hotel

Iconic nightclub Les Bains is revived as a luxurious Hotel

24/06/2015

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.

 

More info on the official website

Ephemeral Summer terrace in the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower

Ephemeral Summer terrace in the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower

22/06/2015

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.

More Info on the Eiffel Tower website

Prix de Diane 2015

Prix de Diane 2015

15/06/2015

Prix de Diane 2015

 

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

 

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Hermione makes first US landfall in Yorktown

Hermione makes first US landfall in Yorktown

05/06/2015

Hermione makes first US landfall in Yorktown

 

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.

 

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Hermione joins a US destroyer

Hermione joins a US destroyer

03/06/2015

Hermione joins a US destroyer

 

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.

 

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Interview: Prof. Laura Auricchio on Lafayette

Interview: Prof. Laura Auricchio on Lafayette

03/06/2015

Interview: Prof. Laura Auricchio on Lafayette

 

As L’Hermione is about to reach the Eastern coast of the United States, New-York Historical Society interviews Professor of Art History Laura Auricchio on the role of  Marquis de Lafayette, emblematic figure of the American Revolution. This article explains the reasons why Lafayette chose to fight for the independence of the United States as well as the importance of L’Hermione, which remains today, a symbol of this period of American History.

Read the interview (interview: Prof. Laura Auricchio on Lafayette) here: Behind the scenes : Lafayette’s Return – published by the New-York Historical Museum

D’Days Festival

D’Days Festival

01/06/2015

D’Days Festival

 

This evening is the opening of the D’Days Festival exceptionally taking place in the discipline’s parent institution, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs for its 15th edition. The festival invites the visitor to immerse himself in contemporary design through several proposals from recognized or emerging players. Experience is the theme of the year which reminds us that design accompanies our existence in every place and every instant, allowing each individual to feel and experiment the “additional soul” of objects which can not only be functional.

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Hermione, an Historical French Frigate on her way back to America

25/05/2015

L’Hermione, an Historical French Frigate on her way back to America

 

L’Hermione and her French and American crew left France on the 18th of April towards US East coast like the Marquis de Lafayette did in 1780 to join his great friend, Georges Washington, and fight for America’s freedom !

 

Read more: ” A friend of the American Revolution is reborn ” article published by CBS News

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Latona fountain’s inauguration in Versailles

Latona fountain’s inauguration in Versailles

19/05/2015

Latona fountain’s inauguration in Versailles

 

ArtLuxury Experience participated yesterday to the inauguration of a masterpiece reborn in the gardens of Versailles, the Latona fountain.

Originally designed by André Le Nôtre in 1665 and embellished by Jules Hardouin-Mansart for King Louis XIV, this fountain has been restored using the best of past and present techniques mastered by highly specialized craftmen. Gardeners, masons, stone quarriers, pavers, gilders and hydraulic engeneers have done this incredible work for you to admire the monumental fountain like the Sun King at the time. A gem in his “world’s most beautiful gardens“.