Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Henri-Edmond Cross exhibition in Giverny village



7 août 2018
Édition 2018, Numéro 18

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Private walking tour of THE CHAMPS ELYSEES
This is the most famous avenue of the world and recently you heard about it with the soccer world cup !! It was celebrated after the national day on July 14th when the military parade is at the honnor on the avenue like on this image :

In the west of Paris, it is possible to make an original private visit to the castle of MALMAISON as well as have a stop to discover the tomb of the empress Josephine De Beauharnais in the church Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul of the city of Ruel-Malmaison

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Color and Light. 
The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross
Exhibition in Giverny to "Museum des Impressionismes" 
from July 27 to November 4, 2018

Henri-Edmond Cross
Plage de Baigne-Cul, 1891-1892
Huile sur toile, 65,3 x 92,3 cm. Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1983.513
© Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago

This exhibition devoted to the Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross (1856–1910) will span the artist’s entire career. Born in Douai, he discovered the light of the South of France in 1883, where he settled for good in 1891. At the beginning of the 20th century, together with Paul Signac, he was regarded as one of the fathers of modern art. The exhibition will emphasise his role in the history of the liberation of colour and his impact on 20th-century avant-garde artistic movements.

You can order us a private Full Day tour of Giverny & Normandy and be able to see this beautiful exhibition as well as go to visit the house and garden of the artist Claude Monet.
It is a nice private tour in private vehicule with a driver/guide in English. 
We can include your skip the line tickets to this both places as well as book a nice restaurant for your lunch during this excursion. 
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If you want to do an excursion outside Paris, you can go to theTHE LOIRE VALLEY: a beautiful region presenting many castle of the renaissance time

Don't hesitate to decide going outside Paris and visit the countryside around the river Loire. 

This region is very rich in patrimony with the numerous castles dating from the middle age to the nighteen century as well as in the gastronomy with fabulous food and fantastic wine production !!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Paris & the middle age



15 juillet 2018
Édition 2018, Numéro 17

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Private walking tour of THE LATIN QUARTER with a special view to the

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If you want to do an excursion outside Paris, you can go to the
MONT SAINT MICHEL: a treasure of the middle age architecture situated in NORMANDY

The Mont Saint Michel is a "WONDER of the WEST" and the visit of this building will make you travel in the middle age. 
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14 July 2018 - 25 February 2019

The mysterious, ambivalent unicorn has throughout history engendered myriad myths and fantasies. In the 1500’s as well as in the contemporary period, it has been the subject of a veritable infatuation. From 14 July 2018 to 25 February 2019, the “Magical Unicorns” exhibition at the Musée de Cluny –National Museum of the Middle Ages illustrates the manner in which artists have represented this legendary creature via illuminated manuscripts and engraved works, sculptures and tapestries, as well as photographs and videos. The museum’s most famous masterpiece, the set of six tapestries entitled The Lady and the Unicorn, constitutes the exhibition’s point of departure. Woven around 1500, during the transitional period between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, these works testify to the importance of the unicorn during the medieval period. A “magical” animal with a horn that could detect poisons and purify liquids, it also symbolized chastity and innocence. Indeed, several illuminated manuscripts evoke the traditional belief that unicorns could only be approached by virgin maidens. Yet other works represent the unicorn as powerful, aggressive or even malevolent, influenced notably by tales of travellers who claimed to have glimpsed it in the Orient. In the late Middle Ages, towns, powerful lords and printers placed the unicorn within their coats of arms, emblems or brands, undoubtedly to testify to their magnificence. In 1882, when the Musée de Cluny acquired The Lady and the Unicorn, this tapestry became an inexhaustible source of inspiration. The work’s beautiful feminine figures, the mystery surrounding its creation and the persistent presence of vegetation and familiar, wild or fantastical animals all captured its admirers’ attention. Diverse artists, such as Gustave Moreau and Le Corbusier, borrowed from this medieval hanging that also inspired a ballet by Jean Cocteau, whose costumes are here displayed. In the most contemporary works, unicorn references are occasionally humoristic – notably in the poster design by Tomi Ungerer – or melancholic, as in the video by Maïder Fortuné. The exhibition is capped off by a final tribute to The Lady and the Unicorn in the form of five tapestries by Claude Rutault. 

The “Magical Unicorns” exhibition is curated by Béatrice de Chancel-Bardelot, General Curator at the Musée de Cluny. Further complementing The Lady and the Unicorn, which has returned to its Parisian home after being loaned to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the exhibition presents other medieval and contemporary works shared by such prestigious institutions as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie – Aubusson, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain and the Mobilier national.


In the east of Paris, it is possible to make an original private visit to the castle of VINCENNES as well as have a stop to discover the tomb of the general LAFAYETTE situated in the cemetery of PICPUS.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Orsay museum exhibition and private guided tour in Montmartre,Chantilly or excursion to discover WW1 in France



12 juin 2018
Édition 2018, Numéro 16

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In the north of Paris, it is possible to make an original private excursion to the castle of Chantilly where a beautiful collection of Renaissance art is presented

If you are ready to do a longest excursion related with WW1, it is possible to choose this private tour with a driver/guide who will make you feel the events of this war period.

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In Colour: Polychrome Sculpture in France 1850-1910

12 June - 9 September 2018

Relatively unknown, 19th century polychrome sculpture is one of the key facets of the history of the discipline. Until the beginning of this century, the only colours permitted in statuary were the white of marble and the monochrome patina of bronzes. But the discovery of the use of polychromy in ancient architecture and sculpture changed people’s perspective, as well as generating heated debate.

The question of applying colour to contemporary sculpture superseded archaeological debates, and pioneering sculptors like Charles Cordier began to specialize in this technique from the 1850s. Once the controversy had died down, colour began to establish its legitimacy of the Second Empire thanks to its decorative character, prevailing under the influence of Symbolism and Art Nouveau as of the 1880s.

The diversity of materials used testifies to the often sophisticated experimentation carried out, which sometimes produced surprising aesthetic results. Painted waxes and marbles, assembled colored marbles, gold and silver bronzes, pâte de verre and enameled stoneware became the new language of a new style of French sculpture, illustrating artists’ flair for experimentation at the end of the century. The major challenge in applying colour to sculpture lay in the illusionism of the representation, as demonstrated by the scandal caused by Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. Coloured sculpture would became the preferred medium of Henry Cross, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Louis-Ernest Barrias, Jean-Désiré Ringel d'Illzach, Jean Carriès and Paul Gauguin.

The exhibition presents a selective overview of this very particular aspect of 19th century art through an ensemble of around fifty works from the collections of the Musée d'Orsay.
Edouard Papet, general curator, Musée d'Orsay

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Paris private guided tour & Quai Branly exhibition



2 mai 2018
Édition 2018, NumÉro 15

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We are happy to suggest you aPrivate minivan tour of PARIS with a cruise on the river SEINE

It is possible to choose also a private walking tour in a quarter of Paris or a museum private guided visit

In the north of Paris, it is possible to make an original private excursion where you will discover the city of Compiegne, the castle of Pierrefonds and the historical Rethondes car-museum.

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10 Apr 2018 => 15 Jul 2018


The underworld in Asian art

The exhibition focuses its attention on Asian ghost stories, delving into the world of spirits, terror and fantastic creatures as it takes visitors on a journey to the edges of reality, through religious art, theatre, cinema, contemporary design and manga.

From Buddhist to J-Horror, from Hokusai prints to Pac-Man, from the Thai spirit culture to horror manga, the figure of the ghost has haunted the Asian imagination for centuries. In China, Thailand and Japan - the lands that the exhibition focuses on - the popular infatuation with terror is very real, and one that permeates a wide variety of cultural productions. From spirits that wander the forest, vengeful cat-women and hungry spirits that return from the dead ("the walking dead") to jumping vampires and yokaïs (supernatural creatures in Japanese folklore), these can appear in multiple guises and play on artistic periods and media.
Ghosts and Hells - the underworld in Asian art explores their omnipresence not only in objects and documents but also in the performing arts, cinema and comics in an attempt to better understand how they work. After all, whilst Buddhism has played its part in the formation of this imagination – implying that souls are in waiting between two reincarnations –, it is indeed on the fringes of religion, in popular and secular art, that the representation of ghosts has truly come into its own