Choices Collectors Weekend: back in May

Choices collectorsContemporary art enthusiasts, the 3rd edition of the CHOICES Collectors Weekend is taking place this year from May 21st to 22nd 2016. On the program: a journey in about forty Parisian galleries, from Belleville to Pantin, the Marais to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, to the Palais Royal and Matignon.

As a bonus, a group exhibition is organised at the Palais de Tokyo, imagined by the President and the curator in charge of the contemporary art at the Musée Picasso, Laurent Le Bon and Emilie Bouvard. Fifteen new galleries are part of the event, like Lelong, Perrotin or Magda Danysz. These two days completely dedicated to contemporary art will be punctuated by performances, meetings with the artists and private views. A unique opportunity to discover what the current international and Parisian contemporary scene produces.




CHOICES Collectors Weekend, from May 21st to 22nd 2016.
Open from noon to 7pm.
Free entrance.
choices.fr (in French)  


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

Crédit photo : Ninar Esber. 1971, Liban. Gate of disobedience, 2014. Stained glass, steel structure. 86.61x47.24", 1/1. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Fares - The 2016 CHOICES Collectors Weekend edition takes place from May 21st to 22nd, in about forty Parisian galleries and at the Palais de Tokyo.



An unforgettable night in the Parisian museums

Nuit européenne des musées 2016

This year again, Parisian, French and European museums are inviting curious people to experience a unique evening. As soon as night falls and until around midnight, the most famous places of art of the capital will be opening their doors for free.

Free tour of the Louvre Museum’s collections or walk in the aisles of the different exhibitions in the Centre Pompidou or the Arts décoratifs? Everything will be possible according to your tastes and desires. This year, for the first time in nocturnal, night-owls will be lucky to discover the Royal Stables at the palace of Versailles (78).

The European Night of museums coincides too with the reopening of the museum Jean-Jacques Henner, located in the 17th arrondissement, just nearby the Champs-Elysées. For this occasion, the public will be welcomed by the dancers of the Paris Opera along with the flute ensemble “Paris de Vent”. A memorable night which will also enable to attend dance shows, concerts or workshops.



12th edition of the European Night of museums, on Saturday May, 21st, 2016
Free entrance.


Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner
43, avenue de Villiers
75017 PARIS
Metro: Malesherbes or Wagram (line 3) or Monceau (line 2).

Crédit photo : DES SIGNES, studio Muchir Desclouds



The aquatic aesthetic at art’s service

Exposition Art Mode Design - Monde aquatiqueUntil next June 12th, the Aquarium Tropical de la Porte Dorée is honouring the beauty of aquatic environments and its animals through art. These are works of artists, designers and fashion designers which are here displayed. All are inspired by the seafloor. Divided into three paths, this exhibition enables to understand the vulnerability of the aquatic nature and the necessity to preserve it.

Therefore, we discover the poetic underwater photographs of the director Zena Hollowayor oils, acrylics, drawings and installations of Dominique Lestel, a distinguished French philosopher and ethologist. The Californian designer Roxy Russell alerts us to pollution of oceans by plastic waste, with “Medusae”, a series of suspended lamps. Finally, the retrospective takes us to the Amazon rainforest where the marine and river fauna is everywhere in the local art.




Exhibition “Art mode design, esthétique du monde aquatique”, from March 1st to June 12th 2016.
Open from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5:30pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm.
Full rate (Aquarium+exhibition): 9 euros / Free 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).
aquarium-portedoree.fr (in French) 

Crédit photo : © Neta Vania Edizioni – Aquarium Tropical de la Porte Dorée



10th edition of the Fête de la Nature

Fête de la nature 2016From May 18th to 22th, go to discover the marvels of the fauna and flora, on the occasion of the 10th edition of the Fête de la Nature.

For 5 days, more than 5,000 free events through contact with the nature are organised everywhere in France. In Paris, festivities will begin with the Village de l’agriculture urbaine et de la biodiversité, installed on the esplanade of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. Here, the public will be learning how to produce compost, to build boxes for a vegetable garden or to cultivate in town.

Hikes, picnics, guided workshops and tours - at the Jardin des Plantes and the Parc de Bercy, for example - will also be suggested. This one of a kind event enables to understand how nature works but to marvel too, quite simply.




10th edition of the Fête de la Nature, from May 18th to 22th 2016.
Village de l’agriculture urbaine et de la biodiversité: open from 10am to 6pm on May 18th 2016.
Free entrance.
fetedelanature.com (in French) 

Esplanade de la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
30, avenue Corentin Cariou
75019 PARIS
Metro: Porte de la Villette (line 7 for the metro and line 3b for the tram).

Crédit photo : © Fête de la Nature



Best places

The best club sandwichs of Paris

The Westin Paris

The club sandwich created in America, knew how to conquer the whole world thanks to its easy and gourmet recipe. In Paris, you can both eat it in a pub and a luxury hotel.



Crédit photo : © at The Westin Paris – Vendôme

Le Dalí, at the Meurice

In this restaurant where Salvador Dalí’s soul reigns supreme, decorated by the designer Philippe Starck, the club sandwich is revisited in a starred version. Of course, it is suggested in its traditional version, with chicken, but the Dalí’s flagship recipe remains the blue lobster club sandwich. Here, we enjoy it in a warm and muted atmosphere with mahogany and granulated leather chairs as well as golden and precious ochre tones. The Meurice also serves this dish with smoked salmon or under its vegetarian form.

Open every day, for lunch from 12:30pm to 3pm and for dinner from 7pm to 10:30pm.
Blue lobster club sandwich: 68 euros.

Le Meurice
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 58 10 44
Metro: Tuileries (line 1) or Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12).

The Harry’s New York Bar

Open since 1911, this cocktail bar,jazz club and American restaurant is a Parisian tradition.
Created by a New Yorker, the Harry’s New York bar is also famous for its typical decoration, which takes us to the old Manhattan pubs, with its beautiful panelling. Here, the club sandwich is one of the flagship dishes of the menu. It is available in one recipe, the classic one, with ham, bacon, chicken, eggs, cheese, tomato, salad and toast. Suggested in a little price formula, it goes, up to us, with a glass of wine, a beer, a fizzy drink or water.

Open from Sunday to Thursday, from noon to 2am and on Friday and Saturday, from noon to 3pm.
Club sandwich for 19.50 euros.

Harry’s New York Bar
5, rue Daunou
75002 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 61 71 14
Metro: Quatre-Septembre (line 3) or Opéra (lines 3, 7 and 8).

Le First, à The Westin - Paris

The Westin is a 4-star hotel famous for its idyllic location, in front of the Jardin des Tuileries.
Here it is possible to enjoy a club sandwich in two different atmospheres: in the Tuileries Bar or in the restaurant boudoir Le First, decorated by Jacques Garcia in golden and purple tones. The Chef David Real concocts several versions: duck with sweet orange, king crab and guacamole or in traditional version served with parmesan chips (with truffe oil, chopped parsley and parmesan) and young lettuce sprouts.

Open every day from 10am to 12:30am.
Club sandwich for 25 euros.

The Westin Paris-Vendôme

3, rue de Castiglione
75001 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 77 10 47
Metro: Tuileries (line 1) or Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12).

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