Claude Parent, Dessiner la mode, Azzedine Alaïa Gallery, Paris

Azzedine Alaïa celebrates Claude Parent in a moving exhibition

Friendship, the love of fashion, of an evanescent presence, have left their marks in the heart of Azzedine Alaïa and on the walls of his very own art gallery in the heart of Paris. An encounter: one is a renowned architect who passed away in February 2016 one month after his national service companion, André Courrèges. The other is the greatest couturier alive.

What brings them together? What makes this man, a man of straight lines and silver obliques to hide a trembling hand, a « drawer of fashion » like the exhibition title suggests? Nothing. Or rather everything: a sensitivity and an eye.

Inside small black frames in a nearly military line, one can see jet-deep black shapes. Ghostly silhouettes, barely suggested yet sublime like Azzedine Alaïa’s creations, so disconcerting. On can see tracing papers and preparatory works to unveil, thanks to grandson Laszlo Parent, the emotion and breath behind a flickering pencil.

Image © Araso

Dessiner la mode
An exhibition of ink paintings by Claude Parent
September 2nd-25th
Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, 18 rue de la Verrerie 75004 Paris

Art in the Chapels

Brittany: Art in the Chapels

Brittany: beautiful and fascinating, simple and charming landscapes, a rich cultural heritage, sometimes under appreciated. Fortunately, association Art in the chapels promotes it brilliantly.

This summer event L’art dans les chapelles offers an original and entertaining way to discover, or rediscover, art and cultural heritage. At the crossroad of the Morbihan countryside of Pontivy and the religious legacy of the region, the curious visitor is exposed to contemporary art.

Visual/plastic artists in their creation process were stimulated by these places of worship, the resulting resonance between the arts is very interesting. Several pieces of art come to my mind like the meticulous and admirable work of Claire Colin-Colin (on the red track), a concrete abstract painting to discover; The outstanding symbolic creativity of Manuela Marques (blue track) in the Chapel of Notre-Dame des Fleurs (do not miss the exceptional window-paintings of David Tremlet, creation from a previous edition) or the vivid colors of Flora Moscovici at the Trinité chapel (red track).

Images © RL

Art in the chapels
Welcome Center: lieu dit Saint-Nicodème, 56930 Pluméliau. 

Open everyday but Tuesday, 14h – 19h
08.07.2016 > 18.09.2016

Information: keep good faith in the directions during the circuits. Basically as long as there is no indications keep going straight. Please note as well that some of the chapels do not host contemporary art. 

«To Stay Alive» at Palais de Tokyo: welcome to Michel Houellebecq's

«You don’t stand a chance. Continue?» Here are pixelised words to welcome us from a desolated image into a maze of photographs in the dark.

French writer and movie director Michel Houellebecq is also a photographer and curator of an exhibition showcasing his mental palace. In his own world, fiction meets biography, essay meets anticipation. He creates like no other those vivid images of our time with its angst, its vice and the head-on hypothesis of a no-future.

Here are Daniel and Esther from The Possibility of an Island in a liquid format next to Houellebecq’s dog, ex-wife and friends. Between a room dedicated to Clément (the dog) and Robert Combas’ erratic and fascinating installation La Pièce de Vie, an intimate film with Iggy Pop’s voice is set opposite a backroom showing porn. Floors covered in postcard echo to Paltform’s heavy satire of mass tourism while extracts from Houellebecq directed movie The Possibility of an Island draw a red thread.

For aficionados, shrinks and insiders only.

Illustration © Araso

Rester Vivant une exposition de Michel Houellebecq, au Palais de Tokyo du 23 Juin au 11 Septembre 2016.

Cai Guo-Qiang à la Fondation Cartier présente une fresque inédite à la poudre de canon

Animals take over the Cartier Foundation

This morning the Cartier Foundation in Paris unveiled its upcoming exhibition, an ambitious, protean and compelling project entitled The Great Animal Orchestra. A handpicked art selection as we love them at the Foundation, inspired by the work of musician and bio acoustician Bernie Krause, whose name may not be on everybody’s lips but who’s collaborated with the greatest such as the Doors, Van Morrison, Polanski, Coppola and their likes.

At the crossroads of music and science, Bernie records the voices of animals and micro-organisms. A dive into the darkness of the Foundation’s will give you a better grasp of his work, whilst the groundfloor showcases a agrarian atmosphere thanks to a combination of wooden panels and terra cotta bricks.

There, a giant gunpowder fresco by Cai Guo-Qiang revists cave art. The Wild becomes the curator in the exhibited paintings, photographs, videos and it is just fabulous. In the gardens, French Nouvelle Vague filmmaker Agnes Varda creates a very intimate theatre in a cabin. We highly recommend this show to all audiences.  

Pictures © Araso

Practical details:

The Great Animal Orchestra
Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, 261 Boulevard Raspail, Paris
2 July 2016 > 8 January 2017
Tuesday-Sunday from 11am to 8pm
Tuesdays until 10pm