All posts in Paris

Final days: Gustave Moreau, towards dream and abstraction

Was Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), a Symbolist painter known for his poetic, intensely personal, often fantastic depictions of mythological and biblical subjects, also a pioneer of abstraction? This question is explored in the surprising exhibition “Gustave Moreau: Vers le Songe et l’Abstrait” (Towards Dream and Abstraction). Although the exhibition is in its last days at the  […]

Italy blocks deal to lend works by da Vinci to the Louvre in 2019

In November it became clear that the Italian government might overturn their agreement to loan a number of works by Leonardo da Vinci to the Louvre this year for a massive exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Old Master’s death. Well, it seems that Italy’s populist ‘Italians-first’ government will in fact block these loans. […]

Record breaking attendance for Louvre in 2018 with help from Beyoncé and Delacroix

2018 turned out to be a fantastic year for the Louvre. On January 3rd, the museum reported just how good of a year they had in terms of attendance. With 10.2 million guests, the Paris institution crushed their previous record of 9.7 million visitors set in 2012. The uptick in attendance was a major increase […]

Lina Iris Viktor reaches settlement with Kendrick Lamar and SZA

British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor and hip-hop artists Kendrick Lamar and SZA have seemingly reached a settlement in the lawsuit Viktor filed against Lamar and SZA concerning their music video ‘All the Stars.’ The song featured in portions of ‘Black Panther,’ which has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide since its release in early 2018. […]

Charbon : the night that burns

Charbon, which translates into English as coal is, above all, a beautiful thing, a beautiful black thing that shines and burns like the material that bears its name. Charbon is also the name of a book and now a movie. Harmony Coryn, with his group “Black new black” conceived the project in collaboration with the […]

Christophe Girard : “Paris keeps it appointment with the 21st century”.

On the Rue de Valois just as in City Hall, there are two kinds of politicians in charge of cultur : “politicos”, the men and women who view working in culture merely as a rung on the ladder of their political aspirations and “literary scholars”, in the broadest sense of the term, whose history and taste […]

Recent talks of repatriation may signal a new era for restitution

The repatriation of artworks is an on-going hot topic in the art world that spans multiple countries and museums. The topic could not be more complicated as nations and institutions fight to keep and take back artworks. For instance, Benin recently announced plans for a new Royal Museum. They’ve since struck a deal with the British Museum […]