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May-June 2011

Aki Kuroda in Paris

Following the route of bus 68, Japanese artist Aki Kuroda takes us along on his daily routine around Paris, between his studio in the 14th arrondissement and the surrounding area of Palais Royal. Based in Paris for thirty years, he is a bit of everything, at once a painter, sculptor, performer, and choreographer. All of his skills were gleaned in Paris, wether in a café or in the street. He use details and other forms of expression to enrich his imaginary world, Cosmo Garden, a universe created from his own reality that is continually altered into different forms. The artist next ventures aim to raise fund for Japan. A photographer for this first issue of PLUME VOYAGE, he shares his favourite Parisian addresses with us.



Text Plume and photo Aki Kuroda

Aki Kuroda in Paris

In the studio of Aki Kuroda, in the 14th arrondissement. On the wall, a piece of work with recurring themes of the painter, the Minotaur and his imaginary world, Cosmo Garden”.

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

In the courtyard of his studio.

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

Aki takes the number 68 bus almost every day between Place Denfert-Rochereau and Avenue de l’Opéra, not far from Palais-Royal.

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

Inside the café Le Verre Siffleur.
“I come here every day to drink a coffee at the counter.” Situated right next to his studio, its specialities are burgers and wine by the glass.

73, rue d’Alésia
75014 Paris.
Tél. : +33 1 40 47 08 34

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

Galerie Camera Obscura, a specialist gallery for black and white photographs, opposite the Cartier Foundation. Bernard Descamps is showcasing his shots of Africa there until June 12th 2011.
268, bd Raspail – 75014 Paris.
Tél. : +33 1 45 45 67 08. www.galeriecameraobscura.fr

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

Toyo, a restaurant run by Toyomitsu Nakayama, the ex-private chef of Kenzo Takada, next to the Vavin quartier. Delicate and refined dishes, influenced by the West and the Archipelago.

17, rue Jules Chaplain –
75006 Paris.
Tél. : + 33 1 43 54 28 03

 

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

Al Dente, an Italian restaurant that serves authentic pasta and pizza. The owners had acquired one of his paintings long before he even discovered this address.

38, rue de Varenne –
75007 Paris.
Tèl. : + 33 1 45 48 79 64

 

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

The Serge Aboukrat Gallery always has an interesting selection of photos on display. The industrialist and Russian collector Yosef Badalov is exhibiting his images around the Boulgakov book Le Maître et Marguerite (until June 10th).

7, place de Furstenberg –
75006 Paris.
Tél. : +33 1 44 07 02 98

 

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

The sculptor and avid traveller A Sun Wu is presenting his works of primitive, totemic forms at the Galerie Vallois from the 9th to the 30th of June 2011.

35 et 41, rue de Seine –
75006 Paris.
Tél. : +33 1 43 29 50 84 www.vallois.com

 

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

The Mecca of the quartier des Beaux-Arts, La Palette is frequented just as much as students, as it is by gallery owners and artists from all over Paris.

43, rue de Seine – 75006 Paris. Tél. : +33 1 43 26 68 15 www.cafelapaletteparis.com

 

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

At Zen, the kitchenware, the pots and pans are all imported from Japan. “The waitresses are friendly, the chef is kind. It’s tasty and inexpensive, this is my cantine.”

8, rue de l’Echelle –
75008 Paris.
Tél. : +33 1 42 61 93 99

 

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

In an old brasserie which has been renovated to have a New York-interior style, Kunitoraya’s speciality is thick Japanese Udon noodles served in a soup.

39, rue Sainte-Anne –
75001 Paris.
Tél. : +33 1 40 15 90 75 www.kunitoraya.com

 

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

An Aladdin’s cave for fanatics and collectors, Le Comptoir de l’Aviation presents luxury models, reproductions of airplane parts and, sometimes, vintage games.

3, rue d’Argenteuil –
75001 Paris.
www.comptoir-aviation.com

 

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

Cutlery, plates, ceramics, notebooks, and candles from Cologne, everything is precious and beautiful, authentic and luxurious. Astier de Villatte’s boutique.

173, rue Saint-Honoré –
75001 Paris.
www.astierdevillatte.com

 

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

Aki’s view of the Louvre Museum

 

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

Oysters and shells from L’Ecaille de la Fontaine are selected from small oyster farmers and fishmongers. On the wall, photos retrace the life of the owner, Gérard Depardieu. He also owns a piece Aki’s art.

15, rue Gaillon – 75002 Paris.
Tél.: +33 1 47 42 02 99
www.la-fontaine-gaillon.com

 

 

 

Aki Kuroda in Paris

At Superstars, “My hairdresser”, We speak a bit of French, a bit of English, so that we can just about understand each other.

15, rue d’Argenteuil –
75001 Paris.
Tél. : +33(0)1 42 60 37 10 www.superstars.jp

 

 

 

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