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When in Paris

November 20, 2020

It is impossible to be bored in Paris, though if you choose to be, it is an art in itself, of course, and this season has in store some of her finest diversions in art and style, from Matisse masterpieces to Christian Louboutin stilettos.

Belle Etoile Suite at Le Meurice

The ever-elegant Tuileries Gardens and the courtyards of the Louvre are just some of the sights to see from the Belle Etoile Suite at Le Meurice; it offers a rare and stunning 360° degree view of the Paris skyline for the ultimate way to see the sights – in perfect privacy.

Le Meurice
228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
T. +33 1 44 58 10 55

The Next Generation of Gastronomy

One of Paris’s most celebrated restaurants welcomes a new tastemaker at its helm. Amaury Bouhours has been announced as executive chef of the two Michelin star Restaurant Le Meurice Alain Ducasse. “For four years, former executive chef at Le Meurice Jocelyn Herland and Amaury Bouhours were an unbeatable team,” Alain Ducasse states: “I entrusted Amaury with the executive chef position as he represents the new generation as well as a new step in our ‘cuisine de l’essentiel’, which expresses products’ authenticity and the finest French contemporary cuisine.”

Le Meurice
228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
T. +33 1 44 58 10 55

Colour Pop

Designer India Mahdavi, known for her sophisticated use of colour, unveils a new space at 29 rue de
Bellechasse in the 7th arrondissement. The first exhibition showcases several collaborations with artisans, each being a unique work of art—the result of mixing craftsmanship with modernity, and function with joy.

india-madhavi.com

Maison Valmont at Le Meurice

A new flagship boutique, Maison Valmont, opens its doors in connection with Le Meurice. Its separate street entrance also offers access to the Spa Valmont inside the hotel. Since 2007, Valmont has been the prime cosmetics specialist within the spa, respected for its unrivalled efficacy, luxurious glamour and Swiss heritage. This new venture goes under the name ‘La Maison Valmont’, like all true European luxury brands, and features Valmont Group’s cosmetic and fine fragrances in an arty, elevated space.

La Maison Valmont,
6, rue de Castiglione
75001 Paris

New direction for Le Relais Plaza

With its 1930s decor inspired by the liner SS Normandie, Le Relais Plaza has been a Parisian institution since 1936. Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s quintessential Parisian brasserie welcomes a new director, Marie Sauvage, joining Dorchester Collection with extensive experience in gastronomic dining including having created two of her own restaurants in Paris, le 154 and the eponymous ‘Le Sauvage’. Fresh managerial talent for a timeless French icon.

Le Relais Plaza at Hôtel Plaza Athénée,
25 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris,
T. +33 1 53 67 64 00

Sporty ‘Liife’

“Eat smart”– the motto of friends Boris, Matthieu and Ugo who are united by their passion for sports, is the lifeblood of their restaurant Liife. Healthy food, using in-season organic ingredients, is made for fellow sporty people. Following the success of their restaurant, Liife has published ‘Smoothies & Plaisirs’ – full of revitalising recipes for holistic lifestyle goals.

Liife,
33 Rue des Petits Carreaux,
75002 Paris
‘Smoothies & Plaisirs’, available on amazon.com

Cindy Sherman

Explore the many facets – and faces – of artist Cindy Sherman. Known for her self-portraits that express different representations of wom – en’s identities, her very first retrospective at the Fondation Louis Vuitton covers her entire career, which includes 170 works and more than 300 images.

Cindy Sherman
Until 3 January 2021
Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi,
75116 Paris

La Cour Jardin

Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s inner courtyard, La Cour Jardin, with its sweeping curtains of greenery, is a hidden gem of serenity in the middle of Paris – a secret garden of sorts for the in-theknow about town.

La Cour Jardin
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
25 avenue Montaigne,
75008 Paris
T. +33 1 53 67 66 65

Fashion history comes to life at a Harper’s Bazaar retrospective

Sixty couture and ready-to-wear creations, from the collection of the museum, puncuated with loans of iconic pieces are presented in correspondece with their appearance in the magazine. On exhibition are editorials concieved through the eyes of Man Ray, Dalí, Avedon, Warhol, Peter Lindbergh—just some of the great artists and photographers who have lent their aesthetic to the magazine elevating the word ‘Bazaar’. Launched in 1867 in New York by Harper & Brothers, Harper’s Bazaar was aimed at women in order to educate them in fashion, society, art and literature. In the tradition of European fashion gazettes, it presented the originality of a commitment to the cause of women. Its first editor, Mary Louise Booth, was a suffragist, abolitionist and supporter of the American Civil War. An image from the exhibition is featured on our cover.

Harper’s Bazaar: First in Fashion,
Until 4 January 2021
Musée des Arts Décoratifs,
107 rue de Rivoli,
75001 Paris

Juifs du Maroc, 1934-1937

The exhibition ‘Juifs du Maroc, 1934-1937’ assembles photographs from Jean Besancenot’s collection of over 1800 images of traditional Jews from Morocco.

Juifs du Maroc, 1934-1937
Photography by Jean Besancenot
Until 2 May 2021
Museum of the Art and History of Judaism
Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71 Rue du Temple,

75003 Paris

Man Ray and Fashion

‘Man Ray and Fashion’ puts the work of renowned visual artist Man Ray under a new perspective: through the lens of fashion. A wide selection of original and contemporary large-format prints dialogue with haute couture models and cinematographic documents evoking the fashion of the 1920s and 1930s.

Until January 2021,
Musée du Luxembourg
19 Rue de Vaugirard,
75006 Paris

Masterpieces of Matisse

An artist, a lifetime of work and a thoroughly modern way of viewing art – Centre Pompidou in Paris offers a rare opportunity to explore the genius of Henri Matisse. Marking the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his birth in 1869, the exhibition brings together some of his best-known works which, specifically, explore the interweaving of text and image in his practice. Nine sections are presented chronologically, assembling over 230 major masterworks. Throughout his career, he tirelessly developed techniques for painting, drawing, sculpture and illustrated books, up to his invention of drawing colour itself with the gouache-painted cut-outs he made near the end of his life. In 1942, Matisse, speaking to poet Louis Aragon, declared: “The importance of the artist is to be measured by the number of new signs he has introduced into the plastic language.” The name of the Paris exhibition on view, ‘Matisse, comme un roman’, or ‘Matisse, like a novel’ takes inspiration from a book written by Aragon in 1971, ‘Henri Matisse, roman’, on his encounter with the artist. When Matisse had spoken to the poet years before, knowingly or unknowingly, he was perhaps speaking of his very own language legacy in the making for art history at large.

Matisse, comme un roman
Until 22 February 2021
Centre Pompidou
Place George Pompidou,
75004 Paris
T. +33 1 44 78 12 33

Turner: Paintings and Watercolours from the Tate

Joseph Mallord William Turner is one of the greatest representatives of watercolour painting’s golden age. In an exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André, organised in collaboration with the Tate UK, sixty watercolour and ten oil paintings are on display, some of which have never been exhibited in France – highlighting the incredible modernity of the great English painter. 

Turner: Paintings and Watercolours from the Tate,
Until 11 January 2021
Musée Jacquemart-André
158 Boulevard Haussmann,
75008 Paris

Masterpiece Drawings

Drawing upon its extensive Cabinet of Drawings, which boasts more than 200,000 articles, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs presents the exhibition ‘Drawings Without Reserve’, showcasing masterpieces from its diverse collection. Exhibited are 500 works of art from the 16th century to present day, from Europe and all the way to Japan.

Drawings Without Reserve,
Until 31 January 2021,
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli,
75001 Paris

Pablo Picasso, Paul Eluard, Une Amitié Sublime

A sublime, symbiotic friendship between poet Paul Eluard and painter Pablo Picasso comes to light through paintings, poems and portraits in an exhibition at Musée d’Art et d’Histoire Paul Eluard.

Pablo Picasso, Paul Eluard, Une Amitié Sublime
Until 15 February 2021,
22 bis, rue Gabriel Péri
93200 Saint-Denis

Louboutin

Luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin looks back on the over 30-year trajectory of his eponymous brand in the first major Parisian exhibition of his creations, conceived within the Art Deco architectural bijoux, Palais de la Porte Dorée.

Christian Louboutin: L’Exhibition[niste]
Until 3 January 2021
Palais de la Porte Dorée
293 avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris

The Earth observed from Mars

A viewpoint that has been a dream of Pharrell Williams, comes to life on the face of an extraordinary piece of watchmaking: the RM 52-05 Tourbillon Pharrell Williams.

Richard Mille,
17 Avenue Matignon,
75008 Paris

Prix du Meurice

In keeping with a long tradition of welcoming eccentric artists and writers Salvador Dalí, Paul Morand, Roger Nimier and John Irving as guests throughout the years, Le Meurice creates a literature prize that seeks to recognise extravagance—be it in subject matter, writing style or in the personality of the Author. The winning work will be chosen for its anti-conformity, its sense of fantasy, its strangeness, its dandyism, its freedom of mind…in other words, for the same characteristics that distinguish Le Meurice from other hotels. Selected every year in the month of May, the winner of the prize will be awarded a check of 3,000 euros and will be invited to spend three nights at the hotel with a person of their choice.

Le Meurice
228 rue de Rivoli,
75001 Paris
T. +33 1 44 58 10 10

Victor Brauner

Romanian sculptor, painter and an important figure of the surrealist movement
gets an exhibition at The Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris.

11 Avenue du Président Wilson,
75116 Paris

© Yaffa Assouline for Collect magazine N°27

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