The Centre Pompidou hosts Claude Rutauld

claude-rutaultUntil January 11th 2016, the Centre Pompidou hosts seven works of French painter Claude Rutault (born in 1941).

Six of them were the subject of a donation to the National Museum of Modern Art. The public can also discover a selection of archives, also offered at the Kandinsky library. This artist is known for the fact that he transformed painting, as we know it traditionally. In 1973, he took a drastic decision: while they are hanged on the wall, these paintings will have the same colour than the latter. In this way, the canvas evolves and changes colour according to its place of hanging. It is not anymore a tangible object, it is devoted to evolve just like a music piece. This artistic particularity earned Claude Rutault an international recognition.





“Claude Rutault – D’où je viens, où j’en suis, où je vais” (“Claude Rutault – Where I come from, where I am, Where I am heading for”) exhibition, from October 21st 2015 to January 11th 2016.

Open daily, except on Tuesday from 11am to 9pm.
Full rate: 14 euros / Concession: 11 euros.

Centre Pompidou

19, rue Beaubourg
75004 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0) 1 44 78 12 33
Metro : Rambuteau (line 11).


Crédit photo : Claude Rutault – Centre Pompidou - Claude Rutault, Centre Pompidou - ©photo Georges Meguerditchian, 2015

Victor Hugo: between modesty and excess

eros-hugo-felix-jacques-antoine-moulin-amelieThe Maison de Victor Hugo comes back with its new exhibition, with two topics, both omnipresent in the life and the work of the famous author: excess and modesty.

Large extracts of his texts are here chronologically presented, taking us in the passions of Notre-Dame de Paris, or quite the opposite in the almost “chaste” loves of Cosette, one of the Misérables’ heroes. To complete them, drawings and engravings of Gavarni and Rops are on display, as well as photographs made by Félix Moulin, sculptures by Rodin and Pradier, or paintings by Courbet et Corot. This retrospective also reconsiders the so-called complex and frenetic sexuality of Victor Hugo, who was a great lover. “What we call passion, delight, libertinism, debauchery, is nothing else than a violence which the life makes us.” he wrote in 1876.





“Eros Hugo: Entre pudeur et excès” exhibition (“Eros Hugo: Between modesty and excess”), from November 18th 2015 to February 21st 2016.
Open Tuesday-Sunday, from 10am to 6pm.
Close on Monday and on bank holiday.
Full rate: 7 euros / Concession: 5 euros.

Maison de Victor Hugo

6, place des Vosges
75004 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 72 10 16
Metro: Bastille (lines 1, 5 and 8).


Crédit photo : Eros Hugo – Maison de Victor Hugo – FÉLIX-JACQUES-ANTOINE MOULIN (1802-1875) - Photographic studies, Amélie - Salted paper printing from glass negatives with collodion 21 x 15.3 cm - Bibliothèque nationale de France, Engraving and Photography department, BnF

Louis Vuitton on display at the Grand Palais

louis-vuitton-volez-voguez-voyagezUntil February 21st 2016, the Grand Palais hosts Louis Vuitton, on the occasion of the “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” exhibition.

The public is invited to discover the story of the famous Maison from 1854 to today. In navigating through nine parts, this important retrospective takes us on the traces of its founder, notably on Georges Vuitton’s. He is the one who made Louis Vuitton known at the Grand Palais in 1900, where he was responsible of the “Travel items and leather goods”, on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition. He will succeed in ousting the competition thanks to an ingenious carousel where the most innovative luggage and bags of the Maison are presented. The fabulous destiny of Louis Vuitton has started. The path staged by Robert Carsen highlights objects and document from Louis Vuitton’s estate, but also an old trunk and pieces loaned by the Palais Galliera and the Paris’s Musée de la Mode. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover all the know-how of the brand with monogram.





“Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” (“Fly, Sail, Travel – Louis Vuitton”) exhibition, from December 4th 2015 to February 21st 2016.

Open on Monday, Thursday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.
Nocturnal on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until 10pm.
Close on Tuesday and on December 25th 2015.
Free admission.


Grand Palais
Nef du Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13).

Crédit photo : Louis Vuitton – Grand Palais – © Louis Vuitton Malletier

Roméo et Juliette at the Comédie-Française

romeo-et-juliette-comedie-francaiseLa Comédie-Française had not given representation of Romeo and Juliet since 1952, at Richelieu room!

The institution comes back on the most well-known work of English playwright and poet William Shakespeare, with this new adaptation staged by Eric Ruf. This play stages two families, the Montaigu and the Capulet, who fight a war without mercy in the XVIe century, in Verona. Their respective children, rival, will however fall madly in love. The producer incidentally insisted on the contrast which exists between the gullibility of the two teenagers and the violence of their clans. “There is a black sun in this play, that is what we must focus on”, announced Eric Ruf. On stage, Suliane Brahim and Jérémy Lopez, perform brilliantly the title role and transpose with brio the youth’s purity and the passionate love. This mythical play is to rediscover until May 2016.





“Roméo et Juliette” (“Romeo and Juliet”), from December 5th 2015 to May 30th 2016.
Representations at 2pm or 8:30pm, according to the dates.
Ticket prices: from 13 to 41 euros.


La Comédie-Française
Salle Richelieu
Place Colette
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 58 15 15
Metro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7).

Crédit photo : Roméo et Juliette – Comédie Française – Comédie Française 2015-2016 - ©SDP

Best places

The best Parisians restaurants where to eat Christmas specialities


During Christmas and New Year in France, the traditional meal consists of foie gras, smoked salmon, snails, and sometimes caviar. In the capital, several tables propose to discover their Christmas culinary specialities.



Crédit photo :Best restaurants for Christmas - Paris – Ladled out Caviar © Petrossian

L’Escargot Montorgueil

Since 1832, the French gastronomy lovers enjoy eating at L’Escargot Montorgueil.

During the Roaring Twenties, Charlot or Sacha Guitry meet there to mix with the riffraff and taste the house’s speciality: snails. We can savour them with Chablis, Riesling or Beaujolais, cooked with truffled butter, foie gras, curry or with the classical persillade. The restaurant only serves two species: the petit-gris and the Bourgogne. However, for those who are afraid of these little creatures, the menu proposes great classical of French traditional cooking, as the sweetbreads or the sole meunière.

Open daily from 9am to 1am.
Lunch: 17.50 euros.

L’Escargot Montorgueil

38, rue Montorgueil
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 36 83 51
Metro: Etienne Marcel (line 4).

Au Petit Sud-Ouest

This restaurant is well-known to foie gras lovers: here, we can taste a whole, raw, or semi-cooked foie gras, served with figs, cooked apples or Guérande salt.

Au Petit Sud-Ouest is a perfect table for a romantic moment, thanks to its welcoming setting, with exposed stones and beams, and its subdued atmosphere. The flagship meal of the restaurant also perfumes numerous dishes: stuffed duck neck and filet of duck breast stuffed with foie gras. The menu proposes numerous specialities of South West, like the cassoulet, the salade landaise and the garbure (a cabbage hotpot and duck wings). This generous and heart-warming cooking is ideal to face the wintry weather.

The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12pm to 2:30pm and from 6pm to 10pm.
The store: from 10am to 11pm.
Menu: around 45 euros.

Au Petit Sud-Ouest

46, avenue de la Bourdonnais
75007 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 45 55 59 59
Metro: Ecole Militaire (line 8).

Petrossian Le 144

This restaurant is a perfect place for an intimate dinner, with its muted atmosphere, its tones of blue and gold which recall the treasures that the ocean hides.

We come here for the house's speciality, founded in 1920: caviar. Petrossian Le 144 rethinks a great classic of the 30’s: the ladled out caviar, according to the Russian tradition. Indoor, the caviar’s expert will show you three exceptional varieties, in advising you on the flavour of each. Every ladle is served with toasts and boiled potatoes. Chef Julien Viollet also invites you to taste the famous imperial crab or the Royal smoked salmon, others irresistible sweetmeats of the place.

Open from Tuesday to Saturday, at lunch and dinner.
Lunch: 35 euros.
Ladled out caviar: from 30 to 52 euros.

Petrossian Le 144

144, rue de l’Université
75007 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 11 32 32
Metro: Invalides (lines 8 and 13).

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