Exhibition: Piero Fornasetti - The Practical Madness

exposition-piero-fornasetti-les-arts-decoratifs-parisLes Arts décoratifs are holding the very first retrospective dedicated to Italian artist Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988).

A painter, a printer, an interior decorator as well as a merchant, this artist is regarded as the great master of illusions and trompe-l’oeil. Over 1,000 masterpieces are presented in this exhibition, retracing the artist’s career, from his beginnings to his collaboration with architect Gio Ponti, with whom he designed furniture and decors.

Rediscovered by designer Philippe Starck, this visionary and unusual character always claimed he was a self-taught artist. This is indeed obvious when we take a look at the diversity of his creations: some posters, advertising products, logos, as well as some fashion accessories.





“Piero Fornasetti: La Folie pratique” exhibition, from March 11th to June 14th 2015.

Open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Late opening on Thursdays until 9pm.
Rates: from €9 to €19 / Free for under-18s.

Les Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50
Metro: Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7) or Pyramides (lines 7 and 14).

Yves Saint Laurent 1971 – The Scandal Collection

affiche-exposition-yves-saint-laurent-1971-fondation-pierre-berge-parisJanuary 29th 1971 marked a turning point in the history of fashion: the day Yves Saint Laurent presented his scandalous collection.

Regarded as the worthy heir of the French Haute Couture until then, the young designer caused an outrage with “Libération”, a collection inspired by the ‘40s and the war years. As a reference to the fashion of occupied Paris, Yves Saint Laurent proposed short dresses, square shoulders, platform shoes and exaggerated makeup, which caused a scandal.

However, this Spring/Summer 1971 collection paved the way for the retro trend, which conquered the second half of the 20th century.





“Yves Saint Laurent 1971, la collection du scandale” exhibition, from March 19th to July 19th 2015.

Open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Closed on May 1st and 8th and on July 14th 2015.
Full rate: €7 / Reduced rate (under-18s): €5.

Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint-Laurent
3, rue Léonce Reynaud
75116 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 31 64 31
Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9).

Art Paris Art Fair: celebrating South-Eastern Asia

Michel-Setboun-Art-Paris-Art-FairEach year, the Grand Palais holds one of the most acclaimed – along with the FIAC – contemporary art fair of the year: ART PARIS ART FAIR.

The 2015 edition will put Singapore and South-Eastern Asia under the spotlight by exhibiting the work of artists from Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Vietnam and Thailand. Visitors will discover the very best of contemporary and modern art and design. This event will be punctuated by many conferences held by Lola Lenzi, critic and curator of Southeast Asian art. ART PARIS ART FAIR will also dedicate a corner to Art books, in partnership with the Librairie Art Books Flammarion, and will introduce new galleries.







Art Paris Art Fair, from March 26th to 29th 2015.

Open from 11:30am to 8pm on Thursday and Saturday, closes at 10pm on Friday and at 7pm on Sunday.
Full rate: €22 / Reduced rate (students and groups): €12 / Free for children under 10.

Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
Metro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13).

Best places

Le Jourdain: delicious seafood restaurant

restaurant-le-jourdain-parisThe neighbourhood locals can’t get enough of this delightful restaurant, with its pretty petroleum blue façade and gorgeous chandelier hanging from the ceiling of the dining hall.

Designed by Daniel Gallo, Le Jourdain mixes modernity and tradition to create a refined bistro ambiance. The menu changes every day, as the Chef – who formerly worked at the Café des Musées – prepares all the dishes with seasonal and local products from the market. Le Jourdain is definitely the place to go for good seafood in Paris. At lunchtime, you will succumb to the mouth-watering dishes of the menu – fish cakes served with a red-pepper coulis, for example. In the evening, this restaurant founded by Jean-Baptiste Jay serves seafood tapas: Thai soup with squid ravioli, Thai snacked shrimp, two-salmon rillettes and many other things.

Finally, seafood lovers will be delighted to know that Le Jourdain offers oysters and other shellfish on Saturdays, as well as the classical “mussels and fries”!





We love: Le Jourdain’s wine selection, which puts nectars from small producers under the spotlight.

Open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 11pm.
Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Lunch formula: €15.

Le Jourdain
101, rue des Couronnes
75020 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 66 29 10
Metro: Pyrénées or Jourdain (line 11).

Le Stendhal: a real neighbourhood bistro

le-stendhal-restaurant-parisLocated at the heart of the 20th arrondissement, Le Stendhal is a nice neighbourhood bistro.

With its red decor, black seats and wooden furniture, this restaurant perfectly illustrates the typical Parisian charm. At lunchtime, you can enjoy some traditional French cuisine: mayonnaise eggs, lentils and “petit salé” (salted pork) or sirloin steak with pepper sauce. In the evening, Le Stendhal turns into a lively place filled with Latino and African music and serves an exquisite Ti’Punch. It is also the opportunity to try the Chef’s exotic cuisine: beef maafe, veal columbo, or braised chicken.

This lovely neighbourhood bistro mixes tradition, local accent and exotic flavours; the copious dishes served are affordable and on top of this all, the staff is very pleasant.





Open every day from noon to 2:30pm and from 7:30pm to 11pm.
Lunch formula from €12,80.

Le Stendhal
30, rue Stendhal
75020 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 58 03 95
Metro: Gambetta (lines 3 and 3bis).

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    Piero Fornasetti, Theme and Variation plate – © Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
    Poster of the exhibition, Green fox fur coat wore by Willy Van Rooy, spring/summer 1971 haute couture collection - © Photo Hans Feurer / Elle / Scoop
    © Michel Setboun - AFP Service - Art Paris Art Fair
    © Geoffroy Lasne
    © Eric Jolie