Museums, Monuments + Culture

  • Two Women - Then and Again

    By Sue Aran

    I was reading a book called, "A Summer in Gascony", by Martin Calder a few weeks ago and was surprised to learn that one of the oldest ivory statuettes ever found anywhere in the world was less than a 2 hour drive from my house.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 14 March 2014 )
  • Beyond the Lilies: The Collection at the Musée de l’Orangerie

    By Jane del Monte

    You may have seen Monet’s Nymphéas at the Musée de l’Orangerie, but do you know the story of the museum’s other collection? Jane del Monte looks beneath the beauty of the lilies to reveal a story of intrigue and double-dealing in 1950’s Paris.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 27 January 2014 )
  • Singapore Comes to Paris

    By Loui Franke

    Two passionate collectors, Guillamuse Lèvy-Lambert and Mark Goh, have opened the musée MgGMA in Singapore. Their collection consists primarily of Asian contemporary art in different media. Lèvy-Lambert and Goh recently organized a traveling exhibition that tells a story through the chronology of a calendar.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 27 January 2014 )
  • Juan Uslé Artist for 2014 Roland Garros

    By Paige Donner

    Juan Uslé is a Spanish artist who splits his time between his house/artist’s atelier in Saro en Cantabrie in Spain and New York City. Already a celebrated contemporary artist around the world, 2014 offers his artistic career a stunning highlight: He has been chosen as the featured artist for "Roland Garros" for 2014. His poster, which you see here, will grace the French Tennis Open’s events, official public communiqués and will hang proudly in the Galerie Lelong at the French Federation of Tennis Museum in Paris.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 January 2014 )
  • Street Art Exhibition

    By Laura Packham

    Lined up on a derelict residential block, hundreds of art lovers are waiting desperately to get inside before it's reduced to rubble in just a few weeks.

    But far from a wasteland, the humble high-rise building in the 13th arrondissement, has been temporarily transformed into a temple of urban art - the 'Paris Tour 13'.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 October 2013 )
  • Renaissance to Revolution: Two Hôtels

    By Jane del Monte

    Before it became a museum, a rare example of Renaissance architecture had some interesting occupants, from a social butterfly who left us a chronicle of Parisian society to an aristocrat whose social conscience made him a martyr of the Revolution. We think you’ll find the history of the Musée Carnavalet as interesting as its collections.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 October 2013 )
  • The Different Houses of Picasso

    By Nick Hilden

    I was hesitant to visit the Picasso Museum in Paris because the one in Malaga turned out to be so disappointing. Malaga is the town of his birth, and the museum there is in fact directly down the street from the house in which he was born, so expectations ran high. Too high, perhaps.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 August 2013 )
  • The Man Who Could Walk Through Walls: In Paris, Nothing is Weird

    By Nick Hilden

    The Montmartre district of Paris is rife with dozens of wonders, some large and well known, others small and hidden away. While everyone knows about the big attractions along the main boulevards and at the top of the hill—such as the Sacre Coeur church, the Moulin Rouge, and the Chat Noir—there are many gems of Parisian culture to be found in the random streets and paths that run everywhere in between.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 09 August 2013 )
  • Les Invalides: the Final Resting Place of Napoleon Bonaparte

    By Nick Hilden

    The men in my family have always gone to war. Over the course of the past century, they have garnered a total of three Medals of Honor, six Silver Stars, and a wide variety of other decorations.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 12 August 2013 )
  • Les Arts Décoratifs - Trompe l'oeil

    By Sue Aran

    A contest was held in ancient Greece between rival painters to see who could create a painting that reproduced a perfect illusion of the real world.  Zeuxis, painted a likeness of grapes so natural birds flew down to pick at them.  His opponent, Parrhasius, presented a  painting covered with a cloth.  When Zeuxis tried to lift off the cloth to see the painting behind it he was stunned to discover that the cloth, in reality, was his painting.  And so, "Trompe l'oeil" was born.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 January 2014 )
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