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Architecture, Art, Travel enthusiast and francophile sharing my love of beautiful things. Architecture, one story at a time!
This year, due to the pandemic, all of the fabulous tours, talks, exhibitions and movies that take place during Modernism Week Fall Preview went virtual! I saw some great home tours and a couple good, short films about architectural preservation and restoration. You can read all about it here: bit.ly/mwfp2020 . . Thank you, @modernism_week for access and great job putting together a virtual show! 🙌 . . . #modernismweek #modernism #midcenturymodern #midcentury #midcenturymodernhome #midcenturyfurniture #midcenturyliving #midcenturydecor #architecture #architectureblog
This home is a 3 bedroom, wood clad, mid-century modern home located on a rocky outcrop (much like the Albert Frey’s Cree house, which you can read about here), designed and built in 1952 and completed in 1954. After purchasing a round Pierre Cardin coffee table, the owners became completely obsessed with collecting all things Pierre Cardin, the famous European designer from the 1970’s and 1980’s. 2020 tour was this quintessential Palm Springs mid-century home designed and built by revered architect Donald Wexler for his own family in 1955. 2020 tour was a short and interesting film about the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation’s work to save the Town and Country Center in Palm Springs.
In celebration of his 150th birthday, The Centre Pompidou has organized an exhibit of Henri Matisse’s work called, “Matisse Comme un Roman” (Matisse like a Novel”). A retrospective of his life’s work, including texts and works of art, the exhibition is happening from now until February 2021. . . . #matisse #henrimatisse🎨 #henrimatisse #centrepompidou #centrepompidouparis #postimpressionism #postimpressionist #postimpressionistpainter #paris #parisart #visitparis🇫🇷
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a contemporary art museum situated in Paris’ famous Bois de Boulogne, near the Jardin d’Acclimation. Commissioned by LVMH chief Bernard Arnault, and designed by world famous architect, Frank Gehry, the building proudly takes its place among Paris’ magnificent monuments, enhancing its rich cultural landscape. His inspiration for the Fondation Louis Vuitton came from a historical study of 19th century glasswork, his observation of Paris and his interest in contemporary art. At the very top, the levels overlook “the canyon” and offer partial views of Paris – the Bois de Boulogne, the modern “La Defense” area, the Eiffel Tower – which allows one to place the building in context.
Happy Birthday, Pablo Picasso! Born on this day in 1881. It was hard to chose a painting of his, but I chose his reinterpretation of Diego Velázquez’s V.I.P. (Very Important Painting), “Las Meninas”, 1656, because we just studied Velasquez’s work in my AP Euro class. “I never do a painting like a work of art. It is always a search. I am always seeking and there is a logical connection throughout that search. This is why I number them (the works). I number and date them. Maybe someday someone will thank me for it.” - Quoted in Alexander Lieberman’s article “Picasso” in Vogue, New York, November 1956. We do thank you and happy birthday to imo one of the greatest painters of all time! . . . #picasso #picassobirthday #pablopicasso #velazquez #diegovelazquez #apeuro #apeuropeanhistory #artblog #art #artistoftheday
Located off France’s northwestern coast of France, at the mouth of the Couesnon River, where Normandy and Brittany merge, the UNESCO designated World Heritage site of Le Mont Saint-Michel is both a man-made and natural miracle. Visitors today wind their way up through narrow streets, past small houses, restaurants, hotels and boutiques to the top, where the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is perched high above. Part of the incredible allure of the Mont-Saint-Michel are the powerful tides that sweep way out during low tide and wash up to the base of the Mont during high tide. Here, you will find many buses which run from Pontorson as well as straight from major cities in the area: Caen, Rennes, Saint-Malo,… The parking lots are located approximately 1.5 miles away from the island, in the interest of preserving Le Mont-Saint-Michel’s spectacular surroundings.
The “Une oeuvre, un regard” series is released every Tuesday and via an artwork chosen from the collections of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie, they present the vision of a contemporary figure – an artist, writer, philosopher, designer, musician, actor, film or theater director or scientist. In France, some of the museums you can virtually visit are the Musée d’Orsay, Musée de l’Orangerie, Musée du Quai Branly, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Grand Palais, Palais de Tokyo and even the Château de Versailles. Finally, I think one of the most heart-warming sites I have found during this pandemic is ‘Bruits de Paris’. Here are some other posts that might interest you: 5 Must Read Books for Your Trip to Paris Notre-Dame de Paris:
Happy Sunday! I have a new post up about the Fondation Louis Vuitton building, designed by starchitect Frank Gehry. Completed in 2014, the aim was to, “design, in Paris, a magnificent vessel symbolizing the cultural calling of France...” Link here: bit.ly/fondationLVgscinparis . . . . @fondationlv @frankgehry . . . #architecture #architecturephotography #modernarchitecture #modernart #frankgehry #frankgehrybuilding #frankgehryarchitecture #architectureblog #artblog
Sigh... while I couldn’t make it to France this year, I spent the summer reading every book I could get my hands on about Paris. My favorite so far has been “L’Appart - The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home” (2017). It is a mostly comedic and sometimes tragic account of buying and renovating an apartment in Paris. And, since he is a chef, each chapter includes a tasty recipe. My only disappointment is that I finished the book too quickly and now I have to find something equally charming and funny! @davidlebovitz also has a wonderful blog and IG feed... worth checking out for francophiles and foodies alike! . . . #davidlebovitz #lappart #lappartement #renovationproject #homerenovation #iloveparis🇫🇷❤️ #iloveparis #imissparis🇫🇷 #confinement #confinementfrance #readinginquarantine #architectureblog