After one of the most amazing experiences I ever had in my life, like being part of the “making of” Stars work the night shift, filmed in the Dolomites, let’s do something different, while waiting for the editing…let’s think about what to do in France…in August!
Following Richard Serra, Anselm Kiefer, Christian Boltanski and Anish Kapoor, Daniel Buren takes over the Grand Palais for a Monumenta event. The French artist, known worldwide for his Palais Royal courtyard columns, saves up an in situ work from 10 May to 21 June. At the end of a long corridor, visitors discover a forest of color, light and sound spanning more than 6,000 square meters. A novel way to tackle the immensity of the setting.
Grand Palais: 3, av. du General-Eisenhower, Paris 8
“A bout de souffle”…
Today my mind goes to the movie “Breathless”…so effortlessly, so breathlessly, it captures the rhythms of its time and place and erases the distance between the now and then. And yet even as Mr. Godard and his cinematographer, Raoul Coutard, record the sights and sounds of Paris with documentary immediacy, the images are infused with an unmistakable nostalgia…bises to Jean and Jean-Paul…
Crazy Horse and RED? Christian Loboutin!
Twenty years after launching his famous red-soles shoes, this amazing French designer has created four original “tableaux” that run from March 5 at the Crazy Horse, Avenue George V in Paris, for the new review “Feu” (Fire). The essence of Loboutin incorrigible enthusiasm is his ability to create desire:
“I started staying out late at a very early age. At the Palace, but I also spent a lot of time at the theatre and music hall, because no one asked for a ticket after the interval. I saw lots of music hall. When you like a show and see it several times, it becomes more interesting. In terms of dancing, I started at the Folies Bergere, but now I go to the Crazy to be surrounded by dancers, who are refreshing down-to-earth in this very demanding world. So you could say that 30 years on, I’m creating what I saw at the Folies Bergere, but wasn’t able to do then. I’m loving it. At the Crazy Horse, they have a unique eye for detail.”
“After 20 years, I still feel like I’m starting a new adventure. My enthusiasm is intact. I’m more curious than ambitious, more happy than curious, and very enthusiastic…of course!”
If you are in Paris, you need to stop at Shakespeare And Company, this jewel-bookstore set in the heart of Paris. Since 1951, this place has kept its utopian ideals in a changing world, inviting writers and encouraging new ones.
Shakespeare And Company, at 37 rue de la Bucherie in Paris, was opened in August 1951 (two years before a sister bookshop City Lights was opened in San Francisco by Lawrence Ferlinghetti) by George Whitman with an inheritance from his aunt. From the very first night he allowed travelers, young writers, poets and artists to lodge in exchange for a hand in cleaning the shop, building shelves and selling books. They were also encouraged to read a book a day during their stay and were asked for two hours work as contribution to the running of the shop. On Sunday mornings he traditionally cooked his guests a pancake breakfast, brewing up a thin ersatz “syrup” out of some burnt sugar and water…this bookstore has so many stories to share with all of us, avid readers…
A very special place, to not miss…bises!