16 December 2018


 “Christmas in Paris - 2018”


It seems that I cannot pass a department store Christmas window without taking a picture! Paris becomes magical this time of year and my first stroll took me along Boulevard Haussmann to Galeries Lafayette, with their traditional huge tree under the stained glass dome and the colorful displays at Printemps. Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville (BHV - Marais) was featuring Mary Poppins this year. Plus I never fail to check out Notre Dame's outdoor tree, minature village and espcially the crèche. My most unique photo this year has to be the neon signs showing through the inverted pyramid at the Louvre - Carrousel shopping center.

   My husband, Rob, assembled some of my photos into a 5 minute video with Christmas music. We hope you enjoy wandering through Paris with me and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season!


14 November 2018




 “Le Diamantaire, Des Structures”


The Center des Monuments Nationaux, in partnership with the Mairie de la 8e arrondissement, presents an exhibition by the artist Le Diamantaire at Chapelle Expiatoire. Another interpretation of this neoclassical monument, that was built to commemorate the "royal martyrs" who perished during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, is offered through works that play using this building’s rigorous lines and light. Several different and ingenious installations reveal a fragmented reading of architecture through subtle mirror games. Don’t miss the metallic shaped diamonds before entering the chapel. Inside the main piece on the floor looks like a crown in high relief surrounded by sixteen stars. It is made with only mirrors surrounding a center that revolves giving the appearance of flickering diamonds. In the crypt, the “diamondoscope,” halfway between the kaleidoscope and the telescope, is totally amazing and captivating. Look through it to see the colorful and multiple reflections of the stained glass window and the installation opposite it. This work is a tribute to the kaleidoscope invented in 1816. Also, try the interactive installation with a crank that moves reflections and multiplies their effects according to speed and direction of rotation. Can you find me fragmented and multiplied in a photo? Starting as a street artist and now considered a contemporary artist, Le Diamantaire invites us to use our imaginations and desire to explore. I discovered all that glitters is not gold!



1. This exhibition runs through 8 December 2018. It is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00AM to12:30PM and 1:30PM to 5:00PM and is located at 29, Rue Pasquier, Paris (8th).

2. Information about the exhibition is available in French. However, it’s a delightful visual experience!


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24 October 2018




 “Bagues d’Homme - Collection Yves Gastou”


This extraordinary exhibition at Van Cleef & Arpels’ L’École des Arts Joailliers is exclusively dedicated to men’s rings. Male jewelry affirms power, communicates a message and is an accessory of fashion that echoes social, political, economic and artistic reality of its time. Yves Gastou started collecting rings at age 16 and continued for over 30 years. His hunting grounds included antique sales, auctions, jeweler’s inventory sales, studio collections as well as from his travels. Being an artist, this collection is a means of expressing his creativity and it reflects his fascination with a masculine-feminine world. It ranges from antique rings from ancient Egypt to 17th century rings of Venice doges to 18th century enameled rings to American biker rings of the 1970s to rings of contemporary artists. Every ring in the collection tells a story. Some look more comfortable to wear than others! The choice of rings is representative of the seven themes of the collection while illustrating its diversity: neoclassical, chivalry, Gothic, religious, vanities, ethnic and curiosities. The rings are beautifully displayed in glass showcases according to these themes. Their sizes, shapes, colors, designs, materials used and more make each ring truly unique. The lovely setting with purple and royal blue curtains evokes the world of cathedrals and the music enhances the visual richness of the images. Decide which ring you would like to add to your collection!


After seeing this vast ensemble of rings, I find myself checking to see if men are wearing rings and what they look like.



1. This exhibition runs through 30 November 2018. The School of Jewelry Arts is open Monday through Saturday from 12:00PM to 7:00PM. It is located at 31, rue Danielle Casanova, Paris (1st). Free entry.

2. A beautifully illustrated and very informative free magazine is available in French and English and a description of each of the seven themes is in both languages. It’s a delightful visual experience!


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27 August 2018




 “Institut Giacometti”


The Institut Giacometti opened 21 June 2018. It is housed within the former studio of artist and interior designer Paul Follot in the Montparnasse area, a haven for many artists in the 20th century. This private Art Deco mansion where Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), a Swiss sculptor and one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century, lived and worked throughout his career, has been beautifully restored. The ground floor presents a perfect replica of Giacometti’s amazingly small studio. This workspace looks as if the sculptor just walked out of it! Some of the rooms upstairs reflect Art Nouveau while others have the Art Deco spirit. The mosaic-tiled entrance, stained glass windows, painted friezes, wooden paneling, mosaic floors and tapestries attracted my attention immediately, sometimes even more so than the sculptures.

Fifty years after his death, thanks to the meticulous collection and storage of all his belongings by his widow Annette Giacometti, the foundation possesses the largest collection of works by Giacometti in the world including 350 sculptures, 90 paintings and over 2,000 drawings and as many engravings, and decorative art objects. The Giacometti Foundation’s director, Catherine Grenier, has the ambitious goal of planning three to four exhibitions every year that will present particular aspects of Giacometti’s work and his relationships with the artists and writers of his day. It is also a center for research and education with a reference library on modern art. Perhaps I will return once again to see future exhibitions and explore the labyrinth of corridors and alcoves.



1. Institut Giacometti is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00AM to 6:00PM and Tuesday from 2:00PM to 6:00PM. Online timed tickets are required due to the relatively small size of the museum. There is no box office.

2.Information is provided in French and English. Films are in French.

3.Be sure to view the film located by Giacometti’s studio and listen to him talk while he is working.


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27 August 2018




 “L’Atelier d’Alberto Giacometti vu par Jean Genet”


This exhibition inaugurates the programming of the Institut Giacometti. It is dedicated to the friendship and deep admiration between Alberto Giacometti and Jean Genet, poet and writer. Their friendship led Genet to model for Giacometti as well as write a book, The Studio of Giacometti. The original manuscript and a selection of drawings and sketches (some never been shown before) as well as notebooks and photographs from the archives, shed light on these two 20th century geniuses. Be sure to note the cover of Genet’s famous play, Le Balcon, illustrated by Giacometti with his stick-like, motionless women that are typical of his sculptures.


This exhibition runs through 16 September 2018.


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1 August 2018




 “Stephane Thibet Détournement”


This highly intriguing installation conceived by the artist Stéphane Thibet diverts water from the Seine to enter and then meander inside through the Conciergerie’s Gothic columns before it gushes out as a waterfall and returns to the river. In 1910, the overflowing Seine left its mark on the columns that can be seen in the majestic Salle des Gens d’Armes. The artist successfully invited the water of the river to return once again but this time in a peaceful and controlled fashion. This ambitious undertaking using an elaborate and technical system required a pooling of expertise and craftsmanship including engineers, carpenters, 3D designers, mountaineers and others. The structure and path of the water reminded me of an old-fashioned roller coaster. What an amazing engineering and architectural feat not to be missed!



1. This exhibition runs through 31 August 2018. The national monument is open every day except Tuesday from 9:30AM to 6:00PM.

2.Information is provided in French and English. The film is in French with French and English subtitles. However, it is primarily a visual experience.


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13 July 2018




 “Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris”


The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris was inaugurated on 3 October 2017 in the hotel particulier where Saint Laurent designed for over 30 years. The doubled exhibition space focuses solely on Saint Laurent’s body of work and presents dresses, accessories (jewelry, hats, shoes, handbags and gloves), costume sketches, photos and videos. Both the couturier’s creative genius and the process of designing a haute couture collection are highlighted. Thanks to his numerous and diverse skills and insights, Yves Saint Laurent is considered one of the most iconic couturiers of the 20th century. He combined simplicity with elegance and many of his designs are timeless. Any designer would be envious of the bright and quiet studio with a mirrored wall as its main feature where he spent much of his time. Throughout the various sections of the museum, I learned much about the history of the twentieth century and the haute couture traditions that accompanied a way of life that no longer exists.

This was my first visit to the reopened and renovated museum that will have an ever-changing rotation of retrospective displays and temporary thematic exhibitions in order to present the Foundation’s rich and unique collection. Below is information about the current temporary exhibition. The museum has an exquisite style of its own - as one would expect from YSL - and I will return for future visits.



1. The museum is open every day except Monday from 11:00AM to 6:00PM and to 9:00PM Friday.

2. Information is provided in French and English in a brochure as well as throughout the museum.

3. Be sure to watch the film, An Eagle with Two Heads, devoted to the unique relationship Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé shared throughout their life together. The audio is in French and there are subtitles in French and English.

4.The museum is accessible for the physically disabled except the film room. A wheelchair is available at the front desk upon reservation. An iPad and headphones for viewing the video in the film room are also available at the front desk.


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Current special exhibition at the musée:




 “Yves Saint-Laurent, les dessins de jeunesse”


This exhibition commemorates the tenth anniversary of Yves Saint Laurent’s death, which took place in Paris on June 1, 2008. About sixty youth drawings by Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008), mostly presented for the first time, are on display. It offers an unprecedented look at his beginnings and helped me understand how his passions for literature, theater, ballet and fashion provided inspiration for his future creations. His drawing skills and interest in fashions started when he was a teenager. He even imagined the fashion house by cutting silhouettes of his favorite models from famous magazines that belonged to his mother and created paper dolls!

This exhibition runs through 9 September 2018. Access to this exhibition is included in the entrance ticket.


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