Païva’s town house : a grandiose place at the heart of Paris Champs-Elysées

Païva’s town house : a grandiose place at the heart of Paris Champs-Elysées

08/06/2017

Païva’s town house :

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 !

Fetes Galantes in Versailles

Fetes Galantes in Versailles

02/06/2017

Fetes Galantes in Versailles :

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Would you dream of being a lucky guest of the 2018 edition ? Couple or group, we can assist you during the  whole preparation of this evening so that it becomes unforgettable… just feel free to contact us !

 

« Olga Picasso » exhibition :  discover the intimacy of painter Pablo Picasso

« Olga Picasso » exhibition : discover the intimacy of painter Pablo Picasso

12/05/2017

« Olga Picasso » exhibition :

Discover the intimacy of painter Pablo Picasso

 

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.

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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.

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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 !

White Dinner, an exclusive and so-chic event in Paris

White Dinner, an exclusive and so-chic event in Paris

10/06/2016

 

White Dinner

 

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!

 

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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 impressionists in Normandy: The open-air studio

The impressionists in Normandy: The open-air studio

08/06/2016

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, …

 

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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…

 

 

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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!

 

 

Musée Jacquemart-André
158 boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris

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Paris by ArtLuxury Experience

Paris by ArtLuxury Experience

06/06/2016

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From Past to Nowadays, the video which makes you dream of our Paris

May we invite you to watch this amazing video editing featuring Paris from the 1920s up to now…

ArtLuxury Experience loves to combine tradition and modernity: contact us for an exclusive travel experience in the heart of Paris

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We invite you to the magic of our Paris

 

From Past to Nowadays, Paris by ArtLuxury Experience

 

“Make Paris yours” – ArtLuxury

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FASHION FORWARD, Three Centuries of Fashion

FASHION FORWARD, Three Centuries of Fashion

01/06/2016

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs hosts a unique and fantastic exhibition:
Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion

 

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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…

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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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Palais Galliera, Anatomy of a collection

Palais Galliera, Anatomy of a collection

20/05/2016
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…

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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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Exclusive Event Designer, launch of our new service

Exclusive Event Designer, launch of our new service

12/05/2016
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!

 

For more details, please refer to « Exclusive Event Designer »

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Press Preview of the documentary film: “L’Aventure Hermione”

Press Preview of the documentary film: “L’Aventure Hermione”

02/12/2015

 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.

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New gastronomic Offer: Private Chef at home

New gastronomic Offer: Private Chef at home

29/11/2015

New gastronomic Offer: Private Chef at home

 

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 cuisine gourmande 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.

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“.