Friday Heirloom 103: Exhibition “Le Modèle Noir” at Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Friday Heirloom 103: Exhibition “Le Modèle Noir” at Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Check out the Highlights of May here

What a wonderful world… 

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Main hall of the Musée d’Orsay

Entering Musée d’Orsay, one can’t help but notice the big flat screens at the end of the corridor, which display the names of prominent and contemporary black art figures in Paris.

Yes, you feel something is moving, finally and in the right direction, although with very small steps. As we know, people of color have traditionally been excluded from the art and cultural scenes until very recently. I was glad, therefore, to see that also the new exhibition at the museum was placing people of color at its very center.

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The End of Slavery by François-Auguste Biard

“Black models: from Géricault to Matisse” exposes the visitor to a new type of art, one that puts at its core an underrepresented group: black models.

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Portrait de Madeleine by Marie-Guillemine Benoist

Focusing on three key events (the abolition of slavery in France in 1794, the era of New Painting from the mid-19th century with artists of the caliber of Manet, Degas et Cézanne and the early 20th century avant-gardes), this exhibition offers a new perspective on the contribution of people of color to art history.

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Study After Model “Joseph” by Théodore Chassériau

It’s important to focus on the different, potential meanings of the word “model”,  seen both as an “artist’s model” and a figure to imitate. It’s true that many men and women of color crossed paths with artists and forged relationships with them; what seems missing is their representation. Therefore this exhibition explores their identity, trying to position them in a more appropriate context in regards to their names and their stories.

Here a few favorites from the exhibition:

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Black models: bronzes

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I love this sitting nude (study after a feminine model) by an anonymous painter

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Study after a feminine model by Jean-Léon Gérôme 

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Woman carrying wheat and a basket of fruit by Eugène Faure

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Standing by beautiful Laure and Olympia, Édoard Manet

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Édgar Degas, Miss Lala at the Fernando Circus

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Elephant by Jean Dunand

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I loved the different representations of Aïcha

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Asia by Henri Matisse

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Black woman with blue dress, Miguel Covarrubias

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Olympia in black by Larry Rivers

To learn more about this spectacular exhibition, please click here. And of course don’t miss it if you’re in Paris!

Friday Heirloom 102: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Friday Heirloom 102: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Check out the Highlights of May here

Three words: Fondation Louis Vuitton. One feeling: glamour.

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The stunning building by architect Frank Geary

A few weeks ago, as I was thinking about something special to post for the 100th Heirloom, I decided to re-visit beautiful Fondation Louis Vuitton and its surrounding garden.

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From the first floor (exhibition: “The Fondation’s Collection: A Vision for Painting”)

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Sculpture changing position (“Float”) by Robert Breer

If you’ve never been to it, well, it’s a gigantic structure dedicated to the arts that opened in October 2014 and that is managed by the LVMH Group and its companies.

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Selfie: Double Motif by Nick Mauss

Driven by the mission to serve the public, Fondation LV is committed to making art and culture accessible to everyone and to promoting the arts, nationally and internationally.

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“Auris” by Bernard Frieze

In addition to presenting the works in its collection, the space hosts temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, commissions artists to create site-specific pieces and offers the public the chance to attend cultural events of various kinds.

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Beautifully set Yayoi Kusama (Infinity Room)

The collection of the Fondation is currently made of 268 pieces by 102 artists, dating from the 1960s to today, and it’s constantly evolving. What’s cool — and I believe not so common in France — is that the artworks are also exhibited online!

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One of the exhibitions/performances I loved by Höel Duret on the relationship between nature and technology

You can sense that the Fondation wants to be for everyone. As soon as you enter you’re taken to a different world, and this I believe is what founder Bernard Arnault had in mind through the creation of Fondation Louis Vuitton.

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First time experiencing “Penetrable Blue” by Jesús Rafael Soto

The Fondation (and the way it displays art) aims at breaking traditional rules, as for instance one can see from the exhibit in photo above where you walk through the artwork.

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Playing with Gerard Richter

Creativity and change are keywords at Fondation Louis Vuitton. Maybe a few better than giant LVMH know how fast-paced the world has become and how much of our success as modern societies relates to the ability to keep up with it.

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With beautiful “A bar at the Folies Bergère” by Manet

My favorite temporary exhibition at the Fondation is the Courtauld Collection (downstairs), on until June 17th. Including 110 works starting from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th, the collection (by British art patron Samuel Courtauld) is made up of stunning pieces which you should definitely check out if you can!

Below a few photos of my favorite pieces from the Courtauld Collection:

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Corner of Café-Concert by Manet

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Antibes by Monet

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Apples, bottle and chairback by Cézanne

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Self-portrait with bandaged ear by Van Gogh

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Te Rerioa by Gauguin

All in all, I loved my time at the Fondation and to this day it’s probably my favorite museum in Paris with the Louvre! For more information, remember to check out the website of Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Friday Heirloom 101: The MET Gala (2019)

Friday Heirloom 101: The MET Gala (2019)

Check out the Highlights of May here

Many things in the world have not been named; and many things, even if they have been named, have never been described. One of these is the sensibility — unmistakably modern, a variant of sophistication but hardly identical with it — that goes by the cult name of “Camp.” (Notes On “Camp” by Susan Sontag)

The MET Gala is an annual fundraising event that was established in 1948 and is held every first Monday in May for the benefit of the MET’s Costume Institute in New York City.

Marking the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, the gala celebrates the theme of that year’s exhibition which, in return, defines the formal outfit the guests will choose for the night.

Since this year’s exhibition is “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (inspired to Susan Sontag’s Notes on “Camp”) — which by the way I very much look forward to seeing — the theme for this year’s gala was exactly that one: camp.

And some of the outfits were definitely “camp”!

But what is camp, exactly? When I think of camp, I immediately think of nature and wild. On the same wavelength, camp is also the excessive, extra-ordinary and exaggerated. But camp is also so much more than that!

To make it simple, if I had to think of one person who is the epitome of camp in all their outfit choices of the past years, well, that would be… Lady Gaga — photos below (with 4 outfits on the red/pink carpet of this year’s MET Gala!)

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Lady Gaga, aka The Queen of Camp – Outfit 1 (by Brandon Maxwell)

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Outfit 2

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Outfit 3

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Outfit 4!

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Lady Gaga, a closer look to the make-up

Another magnificent appearance at this year’s MET Gala was Billy Porter, whose outfit was designed by The Blonds. Recalling kings and queens of ancient Egypt, Porter arrived with their equipe of strong, fit and flamboyants.

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I also personally liked Travis Scott‘s outfit, camp in its own way, designed by Dior.

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And then mysterious Ezra Miller — aka “whoops I don’t know where to look” — mixing identities, the unknown and multiple souls.

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In the same mood Jared Leto, in Gucci, carried a replica of their own head. So incredibly CAMP!

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I was also stunned by Cardi B‘s gown designed by Tom Browne, which apparently took nothing less than 2000 hours to make! Bright, extreme, in other words: camp.

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Cardi B: detailed view

I surprisedly also liked Natasha Lyonne‘s white and blue outfit. They looked elegant, essential and camp at the same time. Nailed it!

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Following now are my two favorite outfits, the ones that I would have probably worn (winking!)… the first was worn by Laverne Cox and the second one by Janelle Monae, both in Christian Siriano. They looked campily stunning! Don’t you agree?

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About the celebrities who, I believe, could have put a little more effort in picking their camp outfits are Hailey Bieber, Lily-Rose Depp and Rami Malek (especially after interpreting Freddie Mercury — arguably the king of camp — in Bohemian Rhapsody!)

“Camp” is such a fun (and wide) theme and I simply think a little more brio could have gone a long way. Here a few photos of their outfits:

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in Vera Huang

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in Chanel

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in whoops-I-wasn’t-able-to-find-it…

What do you think? Did you have one or a few favorites too from this year’s MET Gala? Let me know!

Friday Heirloom 100: Ode to LAW (Life, Art & Wine)

Friday Heirloom 100: Ode to LAW (Life, Art & Wine)

Check out the Highlights of May here

I’m 100 — and counting.        

Who doesn’t want to live forever? 

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Self-love is walking past Parisian waters,

A Macaron in your hand

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Thinking it should be bigger

But it’s actually like sand.

Yayoi Kusama knows it…’s all you need

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for your feed.

Gerard Richter & I…’m a puppy

My secret indeed

is stubborn. The ears of your essence can hear it,

or can they?

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Gray

areas, sights, laughters, vineyards with small

buds of love.

White or black? This is the question.

Take my suggestion

You know it matters (to whom)? To me.

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Free

tasting of golden juice, it’s a 2000. I got it

Although you didn’t. And you never will.

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It’s January 1st, 2019!

What is life if not a mixture

of disconnected, unchained, tasteful — or tacky

or tastefully tacky gestures?

Tell me it

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 Sauternes is to Fois Gras what I am to Museums

BETTER DREAMS, BETTER HOPES

BETTER SEAS, BETTER GHOSTS

I’m all of it and more

I’m 100 — and counting.