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4 choices in Paris Centre Pompidou #3 : Ron Arad, No Discipline

This new alternative in Centre Pompidou is located in the South part of the museum  – on the right side entering the building.  South gallery is showing a monographic exhibition of architect and designer Ron Arad.

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The exhibition’s title might have two meanings,  the one relating to no order, and the other relating to the concept of mixing all types of work and all fields of experiment.

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Ron Arad himself has designed the setting and the presentation of over two hundred pieces he has created, from the eighties to scale models of future buildings.

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From the entrance, you are immersed in a colorful dreamy universe filled with round forms.

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a ring of round armchairs in front of videos of architectural realizations.

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And if you look closer, you get in a single piece the same sense of colorful merry-go-round.

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Mirrors and ground projections intensify this feeling.

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Same tone and shapes in this stairway to dreams

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and in this lamp hanging from the ceiling.

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The exhibition’s room have glass doors opening to the outside, and one charm is also that Ron Arad‘s world fits perfectly with the Museum’s surroundings and architecture.

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And as the rooms are located on the groundfloor, after leaving, it’s quite facinating to look at parts of the exhibition through the windows, with the outside reflected on the glass.

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Ron Arad, No Discipline, up to March 12, everyday except Tuesday from 11 AM to 9 PM, up to 11 PM on Thursday. Centre Pompidou, South Gallery, level 1. Entrance ticket € 12 opens for one day the gate of the permanent collection and all temporary exhibitions.

More of Ron Arad on : http://www.ronarad.com/index.html

Centre Pompidou, place Georges Pompidou 75001 Paris, metro Rambuteau or Hotel de Ville Tel :33(0)1 44 78 12 33.

More information on : http://www.cnac-gp.fr/

Paris Film Library celebrates Dennis Hopper

Paris Cinémathèque, located in the beautiful building designed by Frank Gehri, is showing a retrospective of films played or directed by Dennis Hopper ( first part up to December 1), and a temporary exhibition :  Dennis Hopper and the new Hollywood.

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All the works presented in this exhibition come from Dennis Hopper’s personal collection ans he was involved in their setting.

This picture of a room shows two photographic portraits of Dennis Hopper, framing a billboard size self-portrait (Self portrait at the porn stand – 1962 / 2000 for the billboard enlargement and painting), in front of a large canvas :

Billboard Factory, Multi image of a woman’s face, Dennis Hopper 1964 – 2000

This very rich and varied exhibition gives another image of Dennis Hopper, besides the hippie byker of the cult film Easy Rider (which he directed in 1969) and his terrific performance of Frank Booth in David Lynch‘s Blue Velvet.(1986)

This Ready Made, Entrance (1963) is co-signed Marcel Duchamp/ Dennis Hopper.

The exhibition points out the close relation between New Hollywood and Pop Art.

Twice Dennis Hopper by Andy Warhol (1971)

Warhol with flower by Dennis Hopper ( 2000: billboard enlargement and painting of a 1963 photo)

Wilhold the Mirror, Dennis Hopper 1961

Chevy, Dennis Hopper 1956/2000

Hopper by Julian Schnabel 1991

Besides Hopper’s own production, his collection shows works by artists like Warhol and Basquiat, or Schnabel, who is also a film director, paintings by actors like Vigo Mortensen or Dean Stockwell.

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And of course, precious film memories, like this gorgeous poster by B.L. Gary of Night Tide, an independant film directed by Curtis Harrington.

Or this autographed photo by Victor Skrebneski – who made many portraits of Dennis Hopper – showing Hopper sitting next to John Ford an John Huston. Historical and New Hollywood in the same bed in Palm Springs in 1971.

Exhibition Dennis Hopper et le Nouvel Hollywood, up to January 19, Monday to Saturday 12 to 19 (closed on Tuesday) , up to 22 on Thursday, Sunday 10 to 20, Cinémathèque Française, 51 rue de Bercy 75012 Paris, Metro Bercy. Price € 7. Information  33(0)1 71 19 33 33.

More information and Reservation on http://www.cinematheque.fr/

Paris october 2008 : opening of the 104, a major cultural event

Last Saturday, October 12, after two years of work and suspense, a great new artistic center, the Centquatre, was finally opened to public.

Part of the event is that it is located in a somewhat derelicted area in Paris 19ème arrondissement. It is named after its address : 104 rue d’Aubervilliers.

Built in 1873, this beautiful glass and iron structure was closed since 1997 after being Paris Municipal Funeral Service headquarters for a century.

Now it’s dedicated to all forms of living art, and its opening was a great success. During the afternoon, it got so crowded that a huge file had to wait in the street to come in.

Actually, the place is made of two glass halls, and has another entrance on rue Curial # 5.

On the rue Curial side, you can look at a large picture showing “the chaos” during the renovation made by the architects of Novembre workshop

Now, on two levels and 39000 m2, there are 18 artists workshops, two rooms of 200 and 400 hundred seats, besides the glass halls.

There are organized children activities, and on the opening day, many plaid with a scale model.

Among the many works in progress on that day, some will be going on:

Nicolas Simarik offers you to recycle your old keys, or to make a double of the one you carry with you. Then you get in exchange another key, the key of the centquatre . This key opens one of the boxes along the wall, composing an After Calendar, where you’ll find a surprise : an invitation to discover some unusual place in Paris.

Key gathering goes on up to December 31, Wednesday to Sunday from 12 to 20.

On both sides of the halls are long narrow English courtyards, transformed into evoluting gardens by Coloco, a group of three landscape architects. People of the neighborhood have been collecting local plants which now grow in these courts.

Convex mirrors on the wall give distorted reflects of the place.

Composer Gerard Pesson has created for the occasion Pompes/Circonstances, several musical pieces which will played on each new moon.

On Saturday 12, a musical action was performed by  Spat Sonore

They will be part of the first performance of Pompes/Circonstances, on October 28 at 19.

And next performances will take place on each new moon evening up 2010.

There is also restaurant and a bookshop, where of course you can find Pompes Funèbres by Jean Genet.

Le Centquatre is opened everyday, Tuesday to Saturday from 11 to 23, Sunday and Monday from 11 to 20. All information, program, history of the place – also available in english version – on www.104.fr .

104 rue d’Aubervilliers and 5 rue Curial, 75019 Paris. Metro Riquet. Entrance is free, but concerts, exhibitions and some events are 5 or 7 € . Information and reservation at 33(0)153 35 50 00 Monday to Friday  14 to 18, or on www.104.fr. You can also buy tickets on the spot.

Paris October 4 : a colorful wakeful night

If you stay in Paris next week-end, save your Saturday evening, and may be the whole night, to walk around Paris and discover the seventh Wakeful Night.

This year’s edition is mostly dedicated to video and film.

If you choose east Paris, on metro line 14 between Cour Saint-Emilion and Gare de Lyon stations, an editing of space conquest footages by Artavazd Pelechian will make feel like taking off at Bercy railway station :

and in front of Gare de Lyon, you’ll can watch the shooting of a Bollywood Film directed by Shaad Ali:

And if you’re in a romantic mood, go back towards the center, near Bastille, and stop at La maison Rouge 10 bd de la Bastille, to take part in Christian Boltanski’ work les archives du coeur, and have your heartbeat (and your sweetheart’s too ) registered on a CD.

From there, you may go towards Marais and see the Saint Jacques tower in a day and night light, thanks to Gu Dexin :

and though I have no preview of it, I would suggest, if you are walking in this area, to stop at the Museum of Judaism Art, 71 rue du Temple, and see snow falling all night : Gute Nacht by Christian Boltanski, Franck Krawczyk and Jean Kalman.

Many things to see and listen too around Montparnasse and Saint-Germain. For example, if you feel home sick, go to Saint-Germain Church  to listen to Patti Smith:

Many places to visit around Gare Saint-Lazare and Champs-Elysées, as Brillant Noise by the British  SEMICONDUCTOR, as well as around Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, where Pierrick Sorin might ask you to pose for a family portrait.

More information to plan your night trip on : http://www.paris.fr/portail/Culture/Portal.lut?page_id=6806

And if you’re travelling with kids, there is a special program made for you and them by Paris Mômes, including Nabaz Mob, cour Saint-Emilion, a choir of a hundred of Nabaztags composed by Antoine Schmitt and Jean-Jacques Birgé (starts at 20 PM) :

and crossing the Seine by passerelle Simone de Beauvoir, go up to rue Paul Klee, to watch “la danse de la fontaine émergeante” (the dance of the uprising fountain) :

For more information, you can upload this program on http://www.parismomes.fr/surprises/page_surprises.php?id=43

Let’s hope that weather will be on our side!

Have a great Nuit Blanche , and I’ll be back next week with some pictures and my report.


Musée Bourdelle : a quiet journey back to old Paris Montparnasse

The current exhibition Rêve Brisé by Alain Séchas also gives the opportunity to discover the Bourdelle Museum.

It’s a brick building of the sixties, on a quiet street close to the noisy avenue du Maine, Montparnasse Raiway Station and Tower.

Along the street, a garden with benches to sit, rest, dream or read among some of the more than 500 sculptures by Antoine Bourdelle that are permanently exhibited in all parts of the museum. Here a neo antique warrior with a modern background.

The arcades on the museum’s building side makes you almost feel you’re in a cloister, with profane statues.

this one is called the Fruits, and this proud young Eve is typical of many Bourdelle’s women figures.

As this gracious silhouette in the dark of the museum entrance.

Many of Bourdelle’s works are exhibited in a large room lighted by a glass roof.

The famous Héracles archer. (1909)

A bas-relief called La Tragédie, made  in 1912 for the Champs-Elysées Theater.

In the back of the exhibition rooms, you get further in the past, entering the studio where Antoine Bourdelle worked from 1884 up to his death in 1929.


It overlooks a backyard with outdoor scultptures, among these, another (bronze) version of the dying centaur that we just saw in the studio. It is really cool out there, even on hot days.

Back toward the street, you can also visit Bourdelle’s appartment, originaly located impasse du Maine, which no longer exists.

It’s cluttered up with statues which certainly were some place else when Bourdelle lived there, and modern metallic chairs and halogen lamp look terrible. But still, you can get an idea of a nineteenth century Montparnasse artist home, focusing on the few pieces of furniture along the walls.

Musée Bourdelle, 18 rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris Metro Montparnasse, tel 33(0)1 49 54 73 73, open everyday except Monday 10-18, free entrance when there is no temporary exhibition (currantly Alain Séchas Rêve Brisé up to August 24.

Artsenat 2008 : French Modern Art in Paris Jardin du Luxembourg #2

Most of Artsenat 2008 charm comes from the setting of modern art next to nineteenth century sculptures and in a garden where people also come for other activities.

Morceaux Fleuris (left) and Origine Pop (right) created by Faz in 2008 might not be so charming if they weren’t set on both sides of the tribute to Delacroix by Aimé Jules Dalou and the young lady walking her baby in a red carriage makes the whole installation complete.


Just as the Arbres de Vie (2008) by Nathalie Decoster fit in the green of the original trees.

And the rain has filled the cups of Grand poète ivre (a tribute to Li Po) by Axel Cassel.

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Christophe Dalecki Petite ligne verte

IP 26 by Nicolas Sanhes (2007) shines on its classical architecture background.

And some prefer to sit in the sun and enjoy the view.

Life goes on as ever (I remember riding pony along this alley when I was a kid)

And at the end of this alley stands a huge head.

Tiny young girls next to the 6 meters and a half high Prophète by Louis Derbré (2007) and the statue of Valentine de Milan, duchesse d’Orléans in the background.

The huge profile fitting in the “Allée des reines” (row of nineteenth century statues of ancient queens)

As the half circle made of nine bronze sculptures spell out of the work’s title : Tolérance

Letter “E” of this installation by Guy Ferrer framing the landscape.

After pacing up and down the garden, the nicest place to rest is the fontaine Médicis, next to the Sénat.

There you can sit in the shade along the water.

the sculpture by Auguste-Louis Ottin features cyclops Polyphème in the process of crushing the lovers Acis and Galatée.

Marble and flesh lovers of all ages.

Jardin du Luxembourg 75006 Paris RER Luxembourg. Open from sunrise to sunset. Exhibition Artsénat 2008 up to September 21.


Paris May 17: A night at the museum

May 17 will be the fourth edition of “la nuit des musées”. In Paris, from 18 up to 23 or midnight, you can spend your Saturday night walking in museums after hours.

Nine of the Paris Museums open their door for a late free visit of their current exhibition, with some surprises : Concert at the Museum of Modern Art, Persan music and art of arranging flowers at Cernuschi museum, poetry and dancers in the dark in Zadkine museum garden, songs and tales at Victor Hugo’s house, a dreamy installation “moon dresses” at Galliera museum, lights effects and three night watches at Petit Palais, a tour of his exhibition by artist Alain Séchas at Bourdelle museum…

Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris : 18 to midnight, 11 avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris Metro Iéna, 33(0)1 53 67 40 80 and www.mam.paris.fr/ -

Galliera, musée de la mode : 19 to midnight, 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116 Paris Metro Iéna, 33(0)1 56 52 86 00 and www.galliera.paris.fr

Musée Cernuschi, musée des arts de l’Asie : 18 to 23, 7 avenue Velasquez 75008 Paris Metro Monceau, 33(0)1 53 96 21 72 and www.cernuschi.paris.fr/

Petit Palais : 19.30 to midnight, avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris Metro Champs Elysées-Clémenceau, 33(0)1 53 43 40 36 and www.petitpalais.paris.fr

Musée de la Vie Romantique : 18 to 23,16 rue Chaptal 75009 Paris Metro Saint-Georges, 33(0)1 55 42 31 95 67 and www.vieromantique.paris.fr

Musée Carnavalet : 19 to midnight , 23 rue de Sévigné 75003 Paris Metro Saint-Paul 33(0)1 4459 58 31 and www.carnavalet.paris.fr

Maison de Victor Hugo : 19 to 23, 6 place des Vosges 75004 Paris metro Saint-Paul or Bastille, 33(0)1 42 76 75 84 and www.musees-hugo.paris.fr.

Musée Bourdelle : 18 to 23, 18 rue Antoine Bourdelle 75015 Paris Metro Montparnasse, 33(0)1 49 54 73 91 and www.bourdelle.paris.fr

Musée Zadkine : 18 to 22, 100bis rue d’Assas 75006 Paris metro Vavin, 33(0)1 55 42 77 20 and www.zadkine.paris.fr

All information on all events on that night on : musees.paris.fr