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Geluck's Cat on the Champs-Elysées Geluck's Cat on the Champs-Elysées
Philippe Geluck has set up on the Champs-Elysées since March 26 with his open-air exhibition "Le Chat strolls". 20 monumental bronze cultures two meters high are visible between the Place de la Concorde and the Théâtre Marigny. The starting point of a tour that will take him to ten cities. A rare opportunity to see art during this time of confinement. Before becoming a painter and sculptor, Geluck was a trained actor, he began his career on the boards and at the same time exhibited his drawings in Brussels, London, Paris or Milan. He is also a radio and TV columnist and host. Humor is the common point of all his professions. Today, he is mostly known from the success of the comic strip "Le Chat". Through his sculptures, Geluck seeks to question us by approaching the subjects of society with lightness. A humorous, poetic and committed staging. It parodies famous works and characters such as Botero's dancer, the Greco-Roman sculpture Atlas or the martyr Saint-Sébastien. "I like the absurd, the surrealism. I sometimes like the stupidity too", explains Philippe Geluck. From the sketch to the giant artwork, it took the artist about twenty steps to arrive at the final result. 100% local production, made in Belgium with the help of Belgian artists and craftsmen. "Le Chat strolls" remains in Paris until June 9, come and enjoy the exhibition which turns the classics of sculpture away for a real breath of fresh air. Not to miss!
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Agency of Paris
Behind the controversial portrait of artist Andy Warhol Behind the controversial portrait of artist Andy Warhol
40 years after his death, Andy Warhol is still one of the most famous artists to this day. Despite his high profile, not much is known about the man behind the myth. On the occasion of the release of the book "Andy Warhol - the white fox" by biographer Jean-Noël Liaut, we wanted to know more about the artist. The fruit of 25 years of work, research and testimonies, Jean-Noel Liaut has collected unpublished confidences from many close to the artist; famous art critics John Richardson and Stuart Preston, Pierre Bergé, Lee Radziwill and even Ultra Violet muse to paint a controversial portrait of the artist. The author solves the mystery and accesses his privacy. To understand Warhol you have to know his childhood, the book devotes a long chapter to it. His real name Andrew Warhola, son of Czech immigrants, was born in Pittsburgh in 1928 in a working class environment during the Great Depression. Finding himself ugly as a child, he will be obsessed with beauty all his life. A graduate of Commercial Art from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh in 1949, he began his career as an illustrator for many magazines such as Glamor, Vogue, The New York Times and exhibited for the first time in his personal capacity at the Hugo Gallery. in New York in 1952. An emblematic figure of Pop art, he revolutionized art and influence even today. Her artistic work explores the relationships between the cult of celebrity, artistic expression and advertising. A revolutionary style that found its place during the 60s, the beginning of the consumer society in the United States. Warhol uses screen printing to reproduce endlessly famous photos of stars of his time such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as political figures such as Mao Zedong. In moving towards this technique, he sought to render artistic mass-produced products by popularizing the mass production of the art itself. His work quickly became popular but also controversial, as some refer to Warhol as a business artist. His works were criticized as superficial, easy, commercial, and shallow. In 1964, Warhol opened his artist studio "The Factory" in New York, bringing together many famous artists, serving both as a creation workshop, as a recording studio for his cinematographic works and in particular for the group's rehearsals. underground rock The Velvet he was producing. Andy Warhol has marked contemporary art throughout its existence. In the book "Andy Warhol - the white fox", Jean-Noël Liaut tells us his story by gradually retracing the artist's path. The result is a sober, nuanced and fair biography, perhaps the best way to (re) discover the extraordinary career of this revolutionary artist.
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The five must-see virtual exhibitions The five must-see virtual exhibitions
Like many other places in Paris, monuments, museums and other cultural places have been forced to close their doors. It was therefore necessary to find alternatives to allow lovers of the fine arts to continue to benefit from artistic works in this period of crisis. Thanks to new technologies, we have seen an improvement in the quality of virtual exhibitions allowing complete immersion from home. With his smartphone or his computer, the most beautiful sites of the city are revealed thanks to digital. Paris has never been so accessible! Something to take care of for quite a while at this particular time. Here is a selection of some free online virtual exhibitions to do right now! Faces of Frida, a virtual exhibition dedicated to Frida Kahlo: Google Arts & Culture introduces us to the virtual exhibition Faces of Frida, a retrospective of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. We discover his works with his figurative, self-taught and colorful style. She uses her image to express her emotions, beliefs and pain. 800 paintings including the self-portraits that made him famous, letters, extracts from diaries, and his personal items. The life, work, love and legacy of Frida Kahlo through the eyes of experts and individuals influenced by her artistic talent. lien : https://artsandculture.google.com/project/frida-kahlo 2. Virtual tour of Claude Monet's house in Giverny An unprecedented virtual visit to discover the artist's universe, this is what the Maison de Claude Monet offers, the former home of the famous painter, now the museum of the author of the Water Lilies. The opportunity to discover the place where Claude Monet lived, in Giverny in Normandy, with its famous gardens, immortalized in many works. The virtual tour invites us to enter the artist's home and then move around the different rooms of the house. An unprecedented dive into the intimacy of the artist to better understand his history. link: https://fondation-monet.com/visite-virtuelle/#/chambre-alice/ 3. Christian Dior's virtual exhibition at the Museums of Decorative Arts The incredible virtual exhibition "Christian Dior, couturier du rêve" offers us a dreamlike escape into the world of haute couture. More than 70 years of creation unrolling 300 haute couture dresses by this alchemist of fashion and undisputed master of form, well accompanied by his prestigious successors (Galliano, Saint Laurent, Ferré, Bohan…). archive photographs and sketches by Christian Dior which are revealed through the testimonies of historians and seamstresses for a retrospective. A 57-minute video is available on the famous Maison's Youtube channel. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLWDWzMrkBE 4. A virtual exhibition offered by the Grand Palais on the place of cats in the history of art Organized by UMA and the Grand Palais, this virtual exhibition introduces us to the representation of cats in the history of art through 75 feline works ranging from ancient Egypt to the 20th century. In an 18th century mansion, you walk among the works with the possibility of clicking on each work to learn more about the history of painting. Cats have always had a prominent place in art, whether they are the centerpiece of the work, or whether they are simply part of the background. Through this exhibition, we observe the success of felines through the centuries. link: https://uma-expo-legacy.s3.amazonaws.com/cats_in_art_history/index.html#/cats_in_art_history/ 5. Virtual exhibition on fashion in Versailles The Palace of Versailles has set up two virtual exhibitions devoted to Versailles fashion for women and men. Fashion that still inspires great designers today. The exhibitions attempt to decipher the codes that have emerged around the iconic figure of Marie-Antoinette and the feminine and masculine trends that have resulted from it. A succession of commented portraits on which you just have to zoom in to admire the outfits. You can also go and discover the actors of fashion at that time: seamstresses, corsetières and fashion merchants. Appearing at court was not that easy! link: https://www.chateauversailles.fr/decouvert/ressources/expositions-virtuelles#la-mode-a-versailles To keep in touch with culture, don't hesitate to take advantage of the increasingly popular virtual exhibitions. An experience not to be missed!
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Agency of Paris
Serge Gainsbourg's mansion transformed into a museum Serge Gainsbourg's mansion transformed into a museum
30 years after the death of Serge Gainsbourg, after many years of efforts, Charlotte will open her father's house to the public. Currently under construction, the opening of the museum is scheduled for the end of 2021. She wants the place to be "anchored in Parisian heritage. " The 5 bis rue de Verneuil in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, a mythical address where the mansion of Serge Gainsbourg is hidden, who lived there from 1969 until his death in 1991. One of the most famous facades of Paris, covered in graffiti, drawings and fan messages. Become a place of meditation for all admirers of Serge Gainsbourg. Her daughter has become the owner though, she says, “The house is mine, but it will never be mine. This is his home. She wanted to preserve the place by leaving it untouched. She didn't touch anything, respecting this place like a temple. There is still a vinyl on the turntable, butts in the ashtray and on the floor, inscriptions on the walls ... The soul of Gainsbourg still lives there. The artist wanted to create a very dark atmosphere with black painted walls. Pieces overflowing with memories, we can discover the portrait of Brigitte Bardot and that of Marilyn Monroe, the bust of Jane Birkin, a Persian style in the bedroom with black fabrics or a small room dedicated to the doll collection of Jane Birkin . Tony Frank, his friend since the 1960s, had the privilege of immortalizing the artist in his privacy. Photos in which the artist is lying on the oriental rug in his bedroom or surrounded by puppets bearing his likeness. In 2018, during an exhibition, we were able to discover these photos at the Galerie de l'Instant. His friend declares "It is a family place where Serge looked very happy and at the same time a place conducive to creation, yes! He composed his music and he wrote all his lyrics in the living room, where there was his piano. " To be patient until the opening of the museum, we can discover some images of the house in Rue de Verneuil through the clip of his daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg "Lying with you", where we see her as a child, discovering all the pieces of the House. But also in the book of the photographer, Tony Frank, which looks like a family photo album with portraits of the unusual artist and those close to him. “Serge Gainsbourg by Tony Frank”.
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Agency of Paris
The impressive Louvre post project The impressive Louvre post project
The Louvre post office is currently going through its last months of work, after four years of exceptional transformation. It will consist in particular of offices, restaurants, shops, but also a five-star hotel, a panoramic rooftop bar with an incredible view of the capital and the return of the historic post office. A complex with the sustainable development label, a real living space accessible to all. This building built in 1886 by the architect Julien Guadet of approximately 32,000 m2 is known to be the largest mail center in France, open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for more than a century. until it closed in 2015. The architect Dominique Perrault, to whom we owe the National Library of France, was appointed by the European consultation to design this project. He wanted to preserve the historic building while adding modernity and introducing new uses to create a hybrid space. The metal structure has been preserved to allow good heights and the bay windows provide maximum light. To bring a green side to this space, the rooftop offers 500 m2 of vegetated terrace. The Louvre post office has become a complex that combines history and modernity, the reopening of which is scheduled for early 2022.
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 The pink island, the fantastic story of Giorgio Rosa  The pink island, the fantastic story of Giorgio Rosa
Inspired by the experience of engineer Giorgio Rosa, the staging of the incredible story of The Island of the Rose has been a hit since its release Wednesday, December 9 on Netflix. At the end of the 60s, Giorgio Rosa imagines the Island of the Rose, a micro nation in the middle of the Adriatic Sea 12 kilometers from the city of Rimini, a micro-nation. He designed and financed himself with the help of his friends, the 400m platform standing upright thanks to fortified columns that touch the seabed and ended up declaring it independent on May 1, 1968. The island had a name. “Esperantista respubliko de la Insulo de la Rozoj”, its own currency, a flag, an official Esperanto dialect. In 1968, engineer Giorgio Rosa decided to proclaim himself President of the Republic of the Island. Within the island there is a bar, a restaurant, a nightclub and a souvenir shop. She began to attract the attention of foreigners who wanted to relax on the open sea, far from the chaos of those days with the Vietnam War and the Prague Spring. The engineer seeing the success of his project even imagined creating four additional floors to his platform. Unfortunately this will cause a fight between the engineer and the Italian political class, who saw this micro nation as a way to make money from visitors while avoiding Italian taxes. At the end of the 55th day, on June 24, 1968, the Italian military stormed the island, then on February 11, 1989 the Italian navy attached explosives to the platform and sank the micro nation of Giorgio Rosa. The vestiges of his dream now lie at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSAV3P_fVH8&feature=emb_title « L'Incroyable Histoire de l'île de la Rose », comédie italienne de Sydney Sibilia, avec Elio Germano, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Tom Wlaschiha… 1h57.
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Pozzo di Borgo: Karl Lagerfeld's mansion Pozzo di Borgo: Karl Lagerfeld's mansion
Karl Lagerfeld lived at the Hotel Pozzo di Borgo, a historic residence with a main courtyard and garden, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, between precious woodwork and stately rooms. Visit an exceptional place whose first floor was rented by the great couturier for years. "It's a place to sleep, take a bath and work," Karl Lagerfeld told us about his futuristic apartment on the Quai Voltaire in Paris. Before investing this 350 square meters nestled in an 1820 building, the great couturier lived in one of the most beautiful private mansions in Paris at 51, rue de l'Université in the 7th arrondissement - still on the Left Bank, therefore. Successively called Hôtel de Maisons, Hôtel de Soyecourt and then Pozzo di Borgo, the building was built in 1706 by the architect Pierre Cailleteau (known as Lassurance) on commission from François Duret; in 1707, Claude de Longueil, Marquis de Maisons, acquired it and became the first owner of this architectural jewel between courtyard and garden. It was in 1732 that the de Soyecourt family, a noble dynasty from Picardy, took possession of the hotel and undertook major renovations during which the interiors were metamorphosed by the architect Pierre Mouret between 1749 and 1751. The sculpted woodwork in the reception room is of a rare finesse, the work of cabinetmaker and ornamentalist Jacques Verberckt, who has created a true masterpiece of Grand Siècle inspiration. The premises were also remodelled in the 19th century by the Swiss Joseph-Antoine Froelicher on behalf of the Pozzo di Borgo family, one of whose heirs is none other than Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, who inspired the story of the film Untouchables. Karl Lagerfeld would regularly move in with him, moving in on the first floor of the residence where he rented private apartments with a view of the main courtyard for a few years - he would even have installed some particularly sophisticated sports equipment there. Listed in the register of historical monuments since 1926, the Hotel Pozzo di Borgo - recognizable by its portal attributed to Claude-Nicolas Ledoux - was acquired by Gabonese President Ali Bongo on 21 April 2010. article: admagazine.fr photo : guettyimages
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 The three most beautiful catwalks of fashion week  The three most beautiful catwalks of fashion week
Parisian fashion week took place at the end of January to present the women's spring-summer haute couture collection. On this occasion, the fashion houses had to deal with many constraints related to sanitary measures. The creators have redoubled their imagination for a decor more surprising than ever, by choosing a digital format. For the others, they wanted to maintain their physical parades with a limited number of guests. Louis Vuitton Nicolas Ghesquière presented his Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2021 women's fashion show at the Samaritaine, a historic monument with Art Deco architecture and Art Nouveau frescoes, which is scheduled to reopen in the coming months. A "phygital" show to respect sanitary measures, Louis Vuitton stages two parades with 200 guests each. The show is also available as a livestream for guests who were unable to make the trip from abroad as well as for Internet users. The collection presents new models and the reinterpretation of classics, there are references to travel as well as retro-futuristic aesthetics. A surprising decor thanks to the vintage details, the escalators and the glass roof letting an incredible light. A breathtaking scenography, where the models parade in a green setting for the guests present, or in the heart of the film Wings of Desire, by Wim Wenders for the spectators of the live. Fendi: It was the most anticipated show of the season, a big first for the English designer Kim Jones who presents the new Spring-Summer 2021 Women collection for the first time, taking over from famous designer Karl Lagarfeld. A live fashion show, 100% digital, without an audience, in the famous Palais Brongniart with a five-star cast: Bella Hadid, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss or Demi Moore… A parade inspired by his deep passion for Bloomsbury, this group bringing together artists and intellectuals of English romanticism from the beginning of the 19th century. Romantic and androgynous looks around retro glamor, which take us back in time. With a mirror gallery-style décor, Kim Jones marks a new Fendi era where family spirit and feminine strength are the ultimate values. Dior: For the Spring-Summer women's haute couture collection, Italian director Matteo Garrone, awarded at Cannes for Dogman and Gomorra, is called upon to direct the film "Le château du tarot" which was posted online on January 25th. A symbolic and magical universe around the couture collection imagined by Maria Grazia Chiuri. We find ourselves in a dreamlike atmosphere, with a magical setting, immersed in a story of quest for identity where the emblematic figures of the game of divination meet. The film takes place in a magnificent palace in Italy where the actors are all dressed in haute couture pieces from the new collection. The characters embody the major arcana of the tarot game. The Dior house wanted to be inspired by one of the passions of its legendary founder, Christian Dior for the art of divination and for the mystical trend. The pandemic has changed our daily lives and the entire fashion industry is disrupted. Fashion week is reinventing itself and haute couture houses are redoubling their inventiveness thanks to the technology that has helped develop digital interactions and rethink content to maintain links with their communities. In this context, it is essential for fashion brands to take care of their online presence to hope to prosper in the market.
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Agency of Paris