Apollinaire: the art critic poet

apollinaire-musee-orangerieThrough its new exhibition “Apollinaire, the vision of the poet”, the musée de l’Orangerie takes an interest in the period when Guillaume Apollinaire was an art critic, from 1902 to 1918.

Curious and sensitive, this artist was a privileged observer of the upheavals of the early XXth century. Thanks to his analyses, he played a key role in the aesthetic revolution and notably in the birth of modern art. This retrospective suggests a thematic path to explore Apollinaire’s mental and aesthetic universe, by displaying works of Braque, Delaunay, Matisse, or of the Douanier Rousseau. In this event, the genres are mixing, from cubism to surrealism, from the first arts until orphism, getting through popular arts. A part of the area has been entirely dedicated to links which existed between the poet and Pablo Picasso.





“Apollinaire, the vision of the poet” exhibition, from April 6th to July 18th 2016.

Open daily except on Tuesday from 9am to 6pm.
Closed on May 1st 2016.
Full rate: 9 euros / Concession: 6.50 euros / Free for those under 26 and on the first Sunday of every month.

Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries
Place de la Concorde
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 77 80 07
Metro: Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12) or Tuileries (line 1).


Crédit photo : Apollinaire – Musée de l’Orangerie - Chirico Giorgio de (1888-1978). Paris, Centre Pompidou - Musée national d'art moderne - Centre de création industrielle. - © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Adam Rzepka ADAGP, Paris 2015

Do Disturb: Palais de Tokyo’s fascinating festival

marga-weimans-in-the-other-side-of-realityRenowned for its sharp programming, the Palais de Tokyo is hosting the second edition of the Do Disturb festival dedicated to the art in all its forms.

From April 8th to 10th next, 50 experimental creations at the crossroads of dance, design, fashion, magic, circus arts and music will be suggested to the visitors. This will be the opportunity for them to discover the work of choreographer Trajal Harrel, now master of performance, and even Marga Weimans, who revisits fashion in a surprising way…by giving life to her haute couture pieces! The different artistic performances have been thought by great international cultural institutions, modelled on the Design Academy of Amsterdam or the Central Saint Martins School of London. Among the other flagship pieces to discover on site: Gérard & Kelly’s, as well as Mel O’Callaghan’s, 2015 Sam Prize for Contemporary Art.





Festival Do Disturb, from April 8th to 10th 2016.
Open on Friday from 6pm to midnight, on Saturday from noon to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 8pm.
Full rate: 15 euros / Concession: 12 euros.  

Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 81 97 35 88
Metro: Iéna and Alma-Marceau (line 9).

Crédit photo : Do Disturb Festival – Palais de Tokyo - Marga Weimans, On the other side of reality (07.24.2015) Photo: Aad Hoogendoorn

Serge Gainsbourg at the galerie de l’Instant

tony-frank-chez-regine-a968Until May 31st 2016, the galerie de l’Instant proposes a tribute exhibition dedicated to Serge Gainsbourg.

Deceased already 25 years ago, this agitator who found himself ugly however won the most beautiful women in the world’s heart. This free retrospective highlights artist’s shots posing alone or with beauties, most of the time with Jane Birkin, made by photographer Tony Frank. The majority of the exhibited prints is new and present tender family moments. By the way, Jean Laulhé, known professionally as Tony Frank, signed the artist’s “Melody Nelson” album cover. We also owe him the famous picture of Michel Polnareff, back posing, bare buttocks, which caused a scandal in 1972. This event will delight all the cabbage-head man lovers.





“Serge Gainsbourg” exhibition, from March 11th to May 31st 2016.

Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am to 7pm and on Sunday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm.
Free admission.


La Galerie de l’Instant (in French)
46, rue du Poitou
75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 54 94 09
Metro: Saint-Sébastien Froissard (line 8).

Crédit photo : Serge Gainsbourg – Galerie de l’Instant – Chez Régine, Paris, 1968 © Tony Frank / La Galerie de l’Instant

Séquence Danse Festival 4th edition

kaori-ito-danse-centquatreFrom March 22th to April 13th 2016, le Centquatre suggests a focus on contemporary dance, on the occasion of its festival entitled Séquence Dance.

This 4th edition hosts one of the most beautiful choreographers of the moment, Japanese Kaori Ito. In “Je danse parce que je me méfie des mots”, she dances alongside her father, renowned Japanese sculptor. Other flagship creation of this year, singer and dancer from Rwanda Dorothée Munyaneza’s, named “Samedi détente”. This show evokes the time before the genocide of 1994, when life and laughs were still present. More urban, the painting “Are friends electric?” thought by Yuval Pick is staged by the music of German electronic music group Kraftwerk. The artist evokes the movement as a sort of “human mechanic”. An event irresistible as well by its energy as by its beauty, where other big names will be present, modelled on Yoann Bourgeois or Louise Lecavalier.





“Séquence Dance” Festival, from March 22th to April 13th 2016.
Rates: from 3 to 25 euros.


Le Centquatre
104, rue d'Aubervilliers
5, rue Curial
75019 Paris
Metro: Riquet (line 7).

Crédit photo : Séquence Danse Festival - Centquatre - Kaori Ito - Je danse parce que je me méfie des mots © Grégory Batardon

Best places

Paris’s best Basque restaurant


To get away from Paris over a lunch, we pop to the Bistrot Belhara, to Au Bascou or to the Muxu, towards the Basque Country. These three addresses celebrate the Basque specialities with simplicity and greediness.



Crédit photo :Best Basque restaurants - Paris - Muxu © Elise Colette

Bistrot Belhara

Basque chef Thierry Dufroux’s restaurant offers a single ticket towards Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

“Belhara”, which refers to a 10 metres high wave in Basque, is a bistronomic address with a Parisian bistro chic setting. A la carte, we find again the traditional chipirons cooked “à la plancha”, served with beef and hot and spicy potatoes with Ossau-Iraty, or a veal stew with sage, presented in a casserole dish and with a side of garlic and parsley brown new potatoes.

Open daily, except on Sunday and Monday.
Lunch at 24 and 34 euros.

Bistrot Belhara 

23, rue Duvivier
75007 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 45 51 41 77
Metro: Ecole Militaire and La Tour-Maubourg (line 8).

Au Bascou

This address located in the heart of the Marais, nearby the Centre Georges Pompidou and the place de la République, is Chef Bertrand Guéneron’s, former second in command of Alain Senderens.

We appreciate the simple and classic decoration of his establishment, typical of a little Parisian bistro. Au Bascou suggests a generous cooking and notably the Basque Country’s specialities, as the veal axoa, the cod with chorizo, the Basque ham or the Basque blood sausage. For the dessert, we let ourselves be tempted by the Tahitian vanilla millefeuille, one of the house specialities.

Open Monday-Friday from noon to 2pm and from 8pm to 10:30pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Dish from 20 euros.

Au Bascou

38, rue Réaumur
75003 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 72 69 25
Metro: Arts et Métiers (lines 3 and 11).


This restaurant whose name means both a macaroon from Saint-Jean-de-Luz and a little sweat kiss, to pronounce “Mouchou”, was decorated by interior designer Marine Belmon.

The decoration mixes ancient and modern: cement tiles, oak parquet, leds, baroque chandeliers, graffiti and repackaged bistro chairs. Here, the menu changes every 15 days and revisits the Basque delicacies as the Ossau-Iraty burger. The cooking is signed by Chef Antonin Girard.

Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:30pm and from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Lunch menu at 15, 17 and 22 euros.

Muxu (in French)

16, rue Deguerry
75011 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 48 07 44 43
Metro: Parmentier (line 3), Goncourt (ligne 11) or Belleville (line 2).

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