An alchemist’s love potion: Nicolas Flamel

An alchemist’s love potion: Nicolas Flamel. In a narrow street in the third arrondissement of Paris, near the Pompidou Centre, at 51 rue de Montmorency, is the house of alchemist Nicolas Flamel and his wife Pernelle. It is the oldest stone house, still standing, in Paris, and Flamel built it himself in 1407. Nicolas FlamelContinue reading “An alchemist’s love potion: Nicolas Flamel”

L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, September 2021 – love and romance!

L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, September 2021 – love and romance! A love affair and a love of Paris: the creative union of Christo and Jeanne-Claude brought a dream to reality. Bulgarian-born artist Christo (1935-2020) died on 31 May last year, but his partner Moroccan-born Jeanne-Claude (1935-) and her installation team continued their plans toContinue reading “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, September 2021 – love and romance!”

Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.  In the Victor Hugo museum is an exhibition, from 10 June to 21 November 2021, called Dans L’Intimité du Genie – In the Intimacy of Genius – with Hugo’s paintings, drawings, engravings, and artwork. Hence, it’s time to re-read Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831) is set inContinue reading “Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”

Victor Hugo: House, Museum, and Art Exhibition

Victor Hugo: House, Museum, and Art Exhibition. French author Victor Hugo, noted for his novels The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831) and Les Miserables (1862), lived in Paris from 1832-1851, before his exile to Guernsey. His home is now a museum. The living quarters are on the second floor and the museum of his paintings and worksContinue reading “Victor Hugo: House, Museum, and Art Exhibition”

2021 Napoléon Season: bicentenary of his death

2021 Napoléon Season: bicentenary of his death. To commemorate the bicentenary–200 years–since the death of Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821), Emperor Napoléon I of France, there are a number of exhibitions and events under the banner of the “2021 Napoléon Season.” These include a large exhibition at La Villette in Paris on Napoleon from 14 April to 19 SeptemberContinue reading “2021 Napoléon Season: bicentenary of his death”

France’s Covid-19 ‘health pass’ mandatory on 9 August 2021

France’s Covid-19 ‘health pass’ mandatory on 9 August 2021. France has made it obligatory to show a “passe sanitaire” (health pass) – proving that you are vaccinated or have tested negative for Covid-19 – for access to public venues for more than 50 people since 21 July 2021. On 9 August, the health pass requirementContinue reading “France’s Covid-19 ‘health pass’ mandatory on 9 August 2021”

Cherry Blossoms – First-ever Damien Hirst Exhibition in France

Cherry Blossoms – First-ever Damien Hirst Exhibition in France. The Cartier Foundation in Paris has opened the first-ever exhibition in France of British artist Damien Hirst’s artworks. From 6 July 2021 to 2 January 2022, his Cherry Blossoms series will be a display – and described as ‘a celebration of colour within chaos.’  The exhibitionContinue reading “Cherry Blossoms – First-ever Damien Hirst Exhibition in France”

Animal art installations in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris

Animal art installations in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris. On 11 April 2021, the Luxembourg Garden in Paris added a new feature in its large grounds – three wooden deer statues. A week later, another art installation appeared – a group of foxes and rabbits. A few days later, yet another one appeared – wild boar.Continue reading “Animal art installations in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris”

French Women Painters 1780-1830: The Birth of a Battle

French Women Painters 1780-1830: The Birth of a Battle. The Luxembourg Museum in Paris, France, is holding an exhibition called “Women Painters 1780-1830: The Birth of a Battle” until 4 July 2021. The women are all French painters. The exhibition covers half a century, from the pre-Revolutionary years to the Restoration, and features about 70Continue reading “French Women Painters 1780-1830: The Birth of a Battle”

Imaginary magazine The Parisianer captures the Chronicles of the Natural History Museum in Paris

Imaginary magazine The Parisianer captures the Chronicles of the Natural History Museum in Paris. People the world over have seen the cover of The New Yorker magazine in America, even if they have never opened a copy to read. The magazine, launched in 1925, focuses on the cultural life of New York, and each week anContinue reading “Imaginary magazine The Parisianer captures the Chronicles of the Natural History Museum in Paris”