Yesterday, I walked to the Bon Marché Rive Gauche to see the new exhibition of Ai Weiwei named « Er Xi » ( playground). It presents some exclusive pieces of the Chinese artist made especially for the department store. I am surprised (not in the good way) that the first exhibition in France of this major contempory artist takes place here and not in some Museums. The works exposed are poetic with a lot of references to the Chinese culture. It’s beautiful but perhaps a little bit too wise. I like when Ai weiwei is iconoclast and make a criticism of our modern world. I will let you meditate with one of his quote : » I call on people to be ‘obsessed citizens,’ forever questioning and asking for accountability. That’s the only chance we have today of a healthy and happy life. »
Till the 20th of Febuary at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche: 24, rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris
I was walking in the posh neigborhood of the Palais de L’Élysée when I remembered that a new coffeeshop has opened not so far. Honor is a tiny place hidden in a building yard. The concept, created by the fashion brand Comme des Garçons, is a kiosk total black chic look with just 2 tables to sit hidden behind the counter. I suppose that during summer there will be more outside. The place offers a good coffee, not my favorite one. It’s their own blend roasted by Coutume café. But it’s bit too sour for me. The baristas are so kind and have a such great sense of hospitality. You can also order something to eat like sandwishes or a piece of cake.
Honor: 54, rue du faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris
On the occasion of the first presentation in Europe of the « Shadows » serie in its entirety, the Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris devotes a special exhibition to Andy Warhol. With over 200 pieces, it highlights the serial dimension of the artwork of the artist, a key aspect of his work, and his ability to rethink the principles of the exhibition. It includes of course the classics like the series of « Mao », « Jackie » or « Electric Chairs ». But what interested me most were the videos which are rarely seen. There are however real gems like the « Screen Tests ».
Created by Sakina M’sa, winner of the Social Entrepreneur Scholarship of the Kering‘s Foundation, this concept store spread over 200m² propounds to dress otherwise combining style and commitment. In a modular space designed by the architect Quentin Delepine, the fifty designers presented all have a common point: they are supporters of sustainable development, solidarity economy and they respect the environment. This place-Lab, sponsored by François Pinault, offers a woman, man and child selection, beauty and home products. Here, you can discover exhibitions, drink a coffee or participate to a workshop. Sakina M’sa ‘s idea is to share a new mode of consumption, away from the mass-market, focused on recycling, sharing and ecology.
And you, are you ready to consume differently?
Front de Mode : 42, rue Volta, 75003 Paris
After the success of the first two editions, Anne and Julien, the duo who founded the magazine « Hey! Modern Art & Pop Culture », come back for a new opus. Sixty-two international artists, representative of the lowbrow art, the outsider art, the pop surrealism or simply from the underground culture, came to shake up the codes of art and to reveal their often unrecognized artwork of the general public or unpublished in France. You will notice that US artists are well represented with Christopher Conn Askew, Marion Peck, Steven Kenny, Deborah Simon and Mark Ryden. But the other countries were not outdone. I really like the sculptures about the vanities by the French Hervé Bohnert, the acerbic drawings by the Serbian Aleksandar Todorovic, the « stones Laughing » by the Japanese Hirotoshi Ito, the babies monsters by the Korean Yu-Pei Lian and many others. Less gloomy, funnier than the last, this edition has an extraordinary quality and it is very inspiring. Do not miss if you are in Paris!
Till the 13th of March 2016 at La Halle Saint Pierre : 2, rue Ronsard, 75018 Paris
The team of Paname Brewing Company has transformed an old warehouse on the Quai de la Loire in Paris in micro brewery. Here, in dazzling stainless steel tanks, five craft beers blended from only the best natural ingredients end up to ferment like « Bête Noire », a black IPA, or « Singe en Hiver » , a pre-prohibition lager. Beers are draught at the pressure at prices ranging from 3.70 to 4.50 € the 50cl. With its huge terrace under a 150 years old cherry tree or the one on a floating barge, its very industrial decor in a spirit of Brooklyn, this new place is undoubtedly the spot of this summer to enjoy a good cold beer the feet in the water. Peckish, you can order the mezze platter or outright the cheese-burger. I’m really not a beer drinker but all those who have accompanied me, really enjoyed the ones of PBC. I prefer their homemade sparkling water or their ice latte.
Paname Brewing Company : 41 bis, quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris
When he was a little boy in Germany, Mirko had a passion for cakes, those prepared by his grandmother and his aunt Léonie to his brothers and him. But he chose another passion: fashion, his job during twenty years. Recently, he finally realized his dream with House of 3 Brothers, his pastry-shop close to the Canal Saint-Martin. This little place, only 30 m2 with a Art déco style, is entirely dedicated to the German cakes of his childhood. Every morning, he prepares them himself on place. He chose to serve some generous portions with small prices as his bestseller the cheesecake in different version like nature, lemon-poppy or apple crumble (€ 4) and also the peccadilloes of his two brothers whose photos are presented at the entry: the gingerbread (4 € for 3 pieces) and the chocolate-hazelnut Katzi (€ 4). Personally, I have tasted the lemon-poppy cheesecake : it’s a hit ! I will return for sure taste the other ones.
House of 3 Brothers : 25 rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris