Beauté Congo: Congolese painting showcased in Paris

congo-fondation-cartierUntil November 15th 2015, the French Fondation Cartier lets us discover paintings produced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from the mid-1920s.

The goal of this retrospective is to present the artistic richness and creativity of this country to the public. “Beauté Congo 1926-2015” (Congo Beauty) thus features modern Congolese paintings as well as precursor painters such as Albert and Antoinette Lubaki and artists originating from the Atelier du Hangar, from the end of the 1920s to 1954. Visitors will also admire works of popular painters from the 1980s to the 2000s, who have managed to brilliantly portray political and social everyday-life events.





“Beauté Congo 1926-2015, Congo Kitoko” exhibition, from July 11th to November 15th 2015.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11am to 8pm. Late opening on Tuesdays until 10pm.
Full rate: 10.50 euros / Concession (under 25): 7 euros / Free for visitors under 13, and under 18 on Wednesdays only.


Fondation Cartier
261, boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris
Tél. : + 33 (0)1 42 18 56 50
Metro: Raspail (lines 4 and 6).


Crédit photo : Beauté Congo – Fondation Cartier – JP Mika, Kiese na kiese (Happiness & Joy), 2014. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 168,5 x 119 cm, Pas-Chaudoir Collection, Belgium - © JP Mika

Le climat change, l’océan aussi: understanding global warming

climat-changeAs part of the COP21, which is set to take place in December 2015 in Paris, the Aquarium tropical de la Porte Dorée invites the public to realize the impact of global warming on marine environment.

Thus, the “Le climat change, l’océan aussi” (Climate changes, oceans as well) exhibition features around twenty images developed over the course of research carried out by Ifremer, the French Institute for Exploitation of the Sea. Visitors can perceive how global warming affects oceans, and especially coastlines, marine species and water bodies. These researches do not cover all geographical areas of the world, nor do they take an inventory of all the problems linked to this ecological issue, but they nonetheless help the public grasp the importance of our planet’s protection.





“Le climat change, l'océan aussi” exhibition, from May 22nd to October 18th 2015.

Open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5:30pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm.
Full rate: 5 euros / Concession (4-25 years old): 3.50 euros / Free for visitors under 4.


Aquarium tropical de la Porte Dorée
293, avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 59 58 60
Metro: Porte Dorée (line 8).


Crédit photo : Le climat change l’océan aussi - Exposition – © Genavir / Loïc Treluyer

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Atelier Vivanda: Benallal Akrame settles down in Le Marais


After rue Lauriston, where he has settled his gourmet restaurant, first steakhouse and wine bar, Chef Benallal Akrame opens his third Atelier Vivanda, in Le Marais this time.

Palace of fine meat, the first Atelier Vivanda has proved to be one of the capital’s solid values for all meat lovers. For this third restaurant, the chef has chosen equivalent codes: authentic decoration, fine fabrics and modest menu. You will thus be given the choice between several quality meats: sweetbread, XL Black Angus rib steak or Holstein prime rib of beef for two. The side dishes are provided unlimitedly in the 35-euro menu. The latter comprises the first course, main dish, side dish and dessert. A delicious restaurant to try in-between tours.


Open Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 3pm, and from 7pm to 10:30pm.
Menu: 35 euros.


Atelier Vivanda Marais
82, rue des Archives
75004 Paris
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8). 

Crédit photo : Atelier Vivanda Marais - Steakhouse – © Thaï Toutain

Nomos: a new creative restaurant in Montmartre


Nomos is the new restaurant that rejuvenates the Parisian butte Montmartre.

This restaurant, opened last July by young Chef Guillaume Sanchez, claims to be audacious, perfectionist, and a tad rebel, like its chef. Aged only 24, Guillaume Sanchez is however not a beginner. Spotted on TV on the French show “Qui sera le prochain grand pâtissier ?” (Who will be the next great pastry chef?), he is one of the best pastry chefs of his generation. For this first Parisian restaurant, he has put together a unique menu of five dishes, which changes almost daily at the whim of his cravings. His dishes are highly creative, visually and gustatory speaking: goat and crunchy vegetables, monkfish liver with cuttlefish ink, etc. Regarding the decoration, Nomos aims to be raw, in an atmosphere mixing vintage with arty: brick walls, concrete floor, patterned tiling and industrial lamps. A restaurant, which does not lack charm and inventiveness, to discover with your family or as a couple.


Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 7pm to 11pm.
Closed on Mondays and Sundays.
5-dishes menu: 39 euros.


15, rue André Del Sarte
75018 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)6 95 84 75 97
Metro: Château Rouge (line 4) and Barbès-Rochechouart (lines 2 and 4).

nomosrestaurant.com (in French)  

Crédit photo : Nomos - Restaurant – © César Montana

Scaramouche: the ice-cream maker takes over Montmartre


Since the end of June 2015, the Parisian area of Abbesses, in Montmartre, hosts a peculiar ice-cream maker: Scaramouche.

This amusing name conceals ice creams produced in a small Provençal village, Céreste-en-Luberon, in the South of France. To make them, Scaramouche uses raw milk, organic eggs and fresh seasonal fruits, and selects products from local producers only. The particularity of this ice-cream maker resides in the flavors of the ice creams and sorbets that he offers, each more original than the next: lavender honey and organic thyme, geranium and pistachio sprinkles, fennel seeds, liquorice stick, saffron from Provence, or even fresh verbena. Naturally, Scaramouche also provides more traditional flavors, such as Dominican Republic great vintage chocolate or Mara des Bois strawberry. These ice creams are to be savored in a cone or a cup along the Sacré Coeur walkway for a picturesque Parisian stroll.


Open Monday to Sunday, from 12pm to 12am.
2.70 euros a scoop.


22, rue La Vieuville
75018 Paris
Metro: Abbesses (line 12) or Pigalle (lines 2 and 12).


Crédit photo : Scaramouche – Ice-cream maker – © Scaramouche

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