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November 2012

It’s Now

Béatrice Delamotte


©Gala et de Salvador Dali Fundacio Gala Salvador Dali Figueres 2012 EricSchaal

Salvador Dali at the Centre Pompidou. One of the major players in the history of modern art and certainly one of the most popular, Salvadore Dali was also known as one of the most controversial, artists of his time, often criticized for his histrionics, his love of money and provocative political positions. It is both the strength of his work and his personality – demonstrated in his strokes of genius as well as in his excesses – that this exhibition proposes to address in full. More than two hundred works (paintings, sculptures, drawings…) are being presented in a path designed in chrono-thematic sections. Dali constantly “leads” the viewer between two infinities – the infinitely small and the infinitely large, polarising contractions and expansions: the meticulous Flemish precision and the spectacular baroque style of the old paintings that he put to work in his “museum-theatre” in Figueres. A beautiful tribute, more than thirty years after the retrospective the institution dedicated to him in 1979-1980, which saw the most successful attendance rates in the history of the Centre Pompidou.
Until 25 March 2013. www.centrepompidou.fr

Bharty Kher at the Galerie Perrotin in Hong Kong

Bharty Kher at the Galerie Perrotin in Hong Kong. The work of Bharty Kher spans over two decades and demonstrates his unwavering commitment to surrealism, to story telling and to the nature of things. Inspired by Oppenheim as well as Bourgeois, Bacon and Blake, Kher’s work moves through time using contradiction as a point of reference as well as a visual tool. His dreams, his mythical monsters and allegorical tales combine topical, political and traditional references. In this exhibition – “Many (too) many, more than before” – the English artist, who lives in Delhi, has used saris to erect statues on cement pedestals. Knotted, impregnated with resin, they emphasize the impression and the absence of the person. The world of femininity and sensuality are also palpable in his works covered bindis (the symbol of the third eye, which observes all aspects of life).
Until December 29. 50 Connaught Road Central – 17the Floor


ASTERI - MEMPHIS Regolus photo credit Studio Azzurro/ASTERI - MEMPHIS Sol photo credit Studio Azzurro

Memphis Milano at the Galerie Astéri in Paris. Asteri Raspail, an exceptional lighting specialist, is presenting twenty glass creations from the Memphis Milano collection conceived between 1981 and 1988 designed by the Memphis group. This exhibition, never seen before in France, is reuniting most of these rare pieces for the first time, as well as showcasing several unique designs. Led by Ettore Sottsass, the movement has produced, under the supervision of a rising generation of designers (Marco Zanini, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Matteo Thun…) pieces of furniture, lighting, carpets, porcelain, ceramics and glassware. The latter, with no more than thirty models on display, have been exclusively designed by Ettore Sottsass, Marco Zanini, Michele De Lucchi, but embody the creative wealth of the entire group. Released up until now in a confidential manner within a narrow circle of collectors, these pieces have never been put into mass production, or even be admitted to an exhibition in France that allows them to be appreciated at the same time. Until December 6. 7.
7, boulevard Raspail – 75007 Paris


Thierry Lasry at BMW in Paris.

Thierry Lasry at BMW in Paris. As part of his cabinet of curiosity, created for BMW, Thomas Erber has selected twenty designers, brands, and artists from the contemporary world. Each possess a globally recognised level of expertise within their respective domain which equals, in terms of rigor, quality and philosophy of approach, to that of the famous German car brand. And for glasses, he called upon Thierry Lasry who was inspired by the colours of the BMW logo to make the perfect pair of driving glasses: a translucent blue acetate front with a white pin and silver and black metal arms, all made handmade in France. Only twenty copies are being sold exclusively at the BMW concept store on Avenue George V in Paris.

©Tony Frank-Barbara / ©Tony Frank-Delon / Tony Frank at Arteum in Paris.

Tony Frank at Arteum in Paris. The official photographer of the French and American stars of the 1960s, pillar of Salut les Copains, Tony Frank has also captured more than 500 album covers and dozens of posters. Creator of the photo from the mythical album “Melody Nelson” by Serge Gainsbourg and the poster photography of Michel Polnareff which caused a scandal in the early 70s (and won the French artist exile in the United States), Tony Frank is a witness to thirty years of rock attitude. This exhibition of original photos aims to display the eclecticism and breadth of the photographer’s universe, to enter into the intimacy of work by an artist who has never thought of photography as a job but as a means to meet unforgettable characters.
Until January 20, 2013 at the Carrousel du Louvre Arteum

©GUCCI - A scarf for the Gucci Paris Masters

A scarf for the Gucci Paris Masters. On the occasion of Gucci Paris Masters (30 November to 2 December in Paris), Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci, has created a twill silk scarf to celebrate the sponsorship of international jumping and to support Amade (Association mondiale des amis de l’enfance). The unique design of this scarf combines a rosette from the archives of Gucci with the iconic green-red-green stripe. The beauty of this unique creation is highlighted by the impeccable quality of the craftsmanship. The model was made entirely by hand with watercolours. Each piece was then printed manually using a screen-printing technique. The edges were also finished by hand using an Italian rolled hem ensuring an invisible finish on both sides. This scarf, available only as a limited edition, will be available during the Gucci Paris Masters in a pop up shop in the village and in Gucci boutiques in Paris for two months. A donation of 20,000 Euros will given in support of the Amade foundation.

©Soucoupes Calder / Grottes chateau Ferrand / « Un château, une œuvre » in Saint-Emilion.

« Un château, une œuvre » in Saint-Emilion. For three months, Libourne will become the cultural capital of Aquitaine with the Centre Pompidou Mobile. This offshoot of the Musée National d’Art Moderne de Paris chose to settle the nomadic way in different places to present works of modern and contemporary art. « Un château, une œuvre » is thus offering an itinerary in four properties of Saint-Emilion. The Quinault l’Enclos château presents « Les ailes du serpent » by Federica Matta, the Dassault château the “Bronzes” by Wang Du, in Château Canon La Gaffelière “Of his Mind” by Pierre Clerck and the château de Ferrand is exhibiting “Soucoupes volantes” by Alexander Calder in its cellar.
Until 20 January 2013


©Carole Ivoy / “Matières et nature” at the CFOC.

et nature” at the CFOC.
The Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine
is inaugurating a series of exhibitions to showcase the work of Carole Ivoy. Oeuvres by the French artist express a primitive force. Her paintings are so intimate that we feel them deep within our being. Earth, water, wood, vegetation and minerals emerge from the bowels of the earth and on canvas the earthy, rustic, and wild substances give the paintings a weight that is supported with abundance such as with these cascading flowers that jump out of their frame
From 26 November 2012
to 2 February 2013

Alberto Pinto, the disappearance of a master decorator/Portrait ©Studio Harcourt Paris

Alberto Pinto, the disappearance of a master decorator. French born, brought up in Morocco, Alberto Pinto travelled throughout his childhood all around Europe and the rest of the world, imbuing him with a solar lifestyle that would later translate into his work.
He moved to New York in the 1960s and became a privileged observer of avant-garde creativity and a collector susceptible to all mediums of decorative arts. His apartment is a playground where he displays objects to delight and surprise his guests. Launched by Rosemarie Kanzler who asked him to do up her villa in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Alberto Pinto quickly became the most cosmopolitan and coveted of French decorators and founded his studio in Paris. Contemporary, classical or oriental,
his designs depict a portrait of their commissioners. While being respectful of the lessons of the past, they invent a way to place colour, life and art at the centre of everyday life and inspire creativity in every detail. Alberto Pinto passed away in Paris at the age of 69. His studio continues to pursue the projects that were in progress before he died, such as the design of the Hotel Lambert and Kinsky in Paris and the Odéan Tower in Monaco.

Artaq, a panorama of the urban arts in Paris

Artaq, a panorama of the urban arts in Paris. For one week, Artaq will present 130 of the most representative artists (from 48 countries) of what defines urban art today and tomorrow. Born in the streets, practiced mostly by the self-taught, the urban arts arouse vocations with talents who want to push the boundaries, such as Banksy, Obey or Blu. Artists who face the challenge: make the transition from the city to the walls of houses and galleries without losing their soul and spontaneity. This Artaq session intends to provide an overview of developments in urban arts in their various disciplines (sculpture, digital art, drawing, wall painting…) and in all their forms.
From 20 to 27 November 2012
Espace Cardin – Paris

Magis et la Pâtisserie des Rêves launch la Pâtisserie des Rêves d’enfants

Magis et la Pâtisserie des Rêves launch la Pâtisserie des Rêves d’enfants.
The Italian design specialist
Magis is joining forces with la Pâtisserie des Rêves in Paris to inaugurate their first tea salon reserved exclusively for children. Every Wednesday, the patisserie on rue de Longchamp, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, will open a dedicated space, fully furnished and accessorised by the objects from the “Me Too” collection. No lower in standard, but this collection of objects produced by Magis was inspired by the imagination of children between the ages of 2 and 7. In this fun and chic space, the budding gastronomes (from 4 to 8 years old) can participate in workshops to learn the secrets of chou à la crème and other delicacies created by Philippe Conticini, the famous pastry chef. A fun way to learn new words, but also to count, measure, and of course, taste new flavors. www.lapatisseriedesreves.com


« Do Not Disturb », a series of showcases in W Hotels.

« Do Not Disturb », a series of showcases in W Hotels.
Upon deciding to support emerging talent
in the music scene, the site for the retransmission of live music, the Boiler Room, in partnership with W Hotels, is launching “Do Not Disturb”, a series of never seen before showcases. This series of after-parties has begun at the W London with several performances. The second instalment of the series will be held at W Paris-Opéra on November 21st, before New York in December. “Do Not Disturb” is a series of live music broadcasted live from the E-WOW suites – the interpretation of the presidential suite at the W. Each live show is a moment of intense music, an eclectic mix of young talent and world-renowned artists, which thousands of fans around the world can watch via the websites of the initiative.

The Cristallerie Royale de Champagne celebrates encounters with "Champagne à table".

The Cristallerie Royale de Champagne celebrates encounters with « Champagne à table ». The Cristallerie Royale de Champagne, founded in 1678 by a Venetian master glassblower in Bar-sur-Aube, is joining forces with the ateliers of « Champagnes inédits, Tables insolites » (Citi). At each session, eight to ten champagnes are presented by the winemaker Anne-Marie Chabbert. Following the tasting, three champagnes are selected to be paired with a dish around a single theme. The next workshops will be on “les champagnes extra brut” (November 20), champagne matured in barrels (November 22) and “les champagnes blancs de noir ” (December 6).
Reservations : anne-marie.chabbert@wanadoo.fr

Photographie de Cédric Roulliat et enfilade « One Collection » de Finn Juhl © Courtesy of COD

Collection of Design opened in Lyon. The duo Arnaud Trimaille and Bruno Dürr, vintage furniture enthusiasts and leading figures of les Puces du Canal in Villeurbanne, have opened the Collection of Design (pronounced COD) gallery in the heart of Lyon. As flawless captors of trends, they chose to gather a selection of complimentary vintage furniture (C&R Eames, Pierre Guariche, André Sornay, René-Jean Caillette, Stilnovo …) with historically significant pieces of contemporary furniture (Marco Zanuso, Superstudio, Joe Colombo …) together in one place. Fascinated by the history of design, the tandem of the COD gallery also has a knack for identifying young talent, supporting their career, more or less doubling up as an agency for artists. Looking forward in time: the works of Knar (a universe of graphics), Mathieu Miljavac (a taxidermist who creates works of art) and Dominique Pouchain (a contemporary ceramist) will be viewed as collectors’ items.

Bronze © Royal Academy of Arts

« Bronze » at the Royal Academy in London. A veritable tribute to this enduring material and its various features, the
« Bronze » exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London brings together, for the first time on such a scale,
works from antiquity to the present day. A human figure, animals, groups, objects, bas-reliefs, gods, heads and busts – all approaches are studied through these exceptional works. Allow yourself to be taken on a tour of the world and a journey through history to try to understand how and why the bronze has attracted the greatest artists and withstood the test of time.
Until December 9, 2012


wood and iron chair, Vincent Niamien © DR

« Design en Africa » at the musée Dapper in Paris. « Sit, sleep and dream, » the tagline of this original exhibition at the musée Dapper in Paris, reveals a world dedicated primarily to objects that support the body. Their design is marked by creativity in direct contact with attitudes and movements, but also with the symbols of decoration. Forms and functions interact for the comfort and pleasure of other people. Among the designers being presented, the works of Iviart Izamba, a young Congolese designer, are on display. Izamba uses derision to denounce the quirks of African society, such as with his “Fauteuil Mobutu”. Made of metal, it desecrates leopard skin, which is traditionally used to make a hat worn by the Head of State. Upholstered on a recovered wheelbarrow, the traditional attribute of Bantu chiefs’ loses its symbolic power. An instructive and enjoyable exhbition.
Until 14 July 2013

©Benoît Géhanne Ham, 2011 (série Doublage) / ©Claire Chesnier CXVIII, 2011

« Jeune Création 2012 » at Centquatre. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, videos, installations and performances have invaded the Ecuries space.
The annual « Jeune Création » event establishes a mapping of emerging contemporary creative talents. A veritable place of encounter and exchange, the international exhibition of contemporary art has become a rendezvous for following and exploring the work of both professionals and amateurs. Via their visual aesthetic, members
of the Jeune Création committee reveal the work of promising artists, selected from over 2000 entries. At once an area of experimentation and practice, the dynamic and multidisciplinary Jeune Création reveals the unique universes of artists to watch.

From 4 to 11 November

Field Conditions - Lebbeus Woods, Conflict Space 2, 2006 - Collection SFMOMA, gift of Aleksandra Wagner © Lebbeus Woods

« Field Conditions » in San Francisco.
Can there be
architecture without buildings? What if a wall or a floor disappears? What happens there when we move across a room? Immersive installations done with complex drawings, the works presented in this exhibition ask us about the construction, experience and representation of space. The projects of reputable contemporary artists and architects – Stan Allen, Tauba Auerbach, Sol Lewitt, Lebbeus Wood … – redefine the relationships between the visible and invisible, the finite and the infinite to go beyond the frame.

Until 6 janviers 2013

Paris Photo - Secret Times (Grand Palais I) Chanel Haute Couture, Grand Palais

Cathleen Naundorf at Paris Photo 2012. After the success of her “Haute Couture” book, the photographer Cathleen Naundorf (Galerie Bernheimer in Munich) is presenting her beautiful Polaroids during Paris Photo. These images, extracted from an unseen collection based on six years of collaboration with the biggest fashion designers, were taken with a wide angled camera lens. Her method of shooting, developed alongside her mentor Horst P. Horst, combines the mythical world of cinema and plays on shadow and light, producing outstanding, timeless images. Cathleen Naundorf’s work is a blend of fashion and contemporary art through the prism of photography.
From November 15 to 18 at the Grand Palais in Paris


©RolfSachs Debeers Breathing Light1

De Beers invites Rolf Sachs for Christmas
De Beers, the jeweller of light,
has asked Rolf Sachs to design their Christmas windows. The installations will kick-off in the flagship store on Old Bond Street in London in mid-November. Just as diamonds are steeped in history and tradition, with an innate beauty, Rolf Sachs found his inspiration in a candle, and gave it eternal life. The installation creates the illusion of windows covered with a thick layer of ice, with occasional cracks that allow you to see the warm glow of a candle flickering, swelling in slow movements, as if it were breathing. The Rolf Sachs for De Beers installations can be seen in the various stores of the jeweller across the world during the holiday season.



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