Legendary Chefs and Iconic Art…Only in Paris!

Paris is Always a Good Idea! Do you ever need an excuse to visit the City of Light? Two extraordinary reasons for plotting an autumn visit, the long-anticipated event at the Louis Vuitton Fondation opened in September, the The Morozov Collection. Icons of Modern Art. In addition, cap off the exhibit with an elegant swoon worthy lunch or dinner at the new Paris Pop-up ADMO*.  For 100 days from 10th November onward, two of the most influential chefs in the world will join together at an exceptional event of 100 days of Lunches and Dinners. The Hosts? Legendary chefs Alain Ducasse, Albert Adrià, and French chef Romain Meder.

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The exhibition of the Morozov Collection has taken over the entire galleries of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, presenting the masterpieces from the collection of the brothers Mikhaïl Abramovitch Morozov (1870-1903) and Ivan Abramovitch Morozov (1871-1921). The great early 20th century Muscovite patrons and collectors assembled one of the most exceptional collections of French modern art including Matisse, Bonnard, Picasso, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Denis, Cézanne, and Russian modern artists Vrubel, Malevich, Repin, Larionov, Serov. I attended the initial Icons of Art a few years ago and cannot wait to visit this exhibition. Tickets are timed and on line now.

Mosey from the museum and dine at this exceptional gastronomic event. The experimental restaurant project, named ADMO*, in recognition of the three chefs fronting the project, Albert Adrià, Alain Ducasse, and French chef Romain Meder from Plaza Athénée, who has worked alongside Ducasse for many years. The project will be hosted at the rooftop restaurant Les Ombres, at Quai Branly Jacques Chirac Museum in Paris. Dinner is seven courses, lunch is five courses, offered without beverages.

Award winning French pastry chef Jessica Prealpato, who honed her signature style working with Ducasse since 2015, will also play an essential role in the ADMO* project, complementing the trio with her natural fruit desserts.

Both a collaborative platform for imagining a conscious cuisine and an immersive experience, ADMO will celebrate committed gastronomy in Paris.

From Adrià’s Instagram: “the menu will celebrate the unprecedented encounter between the Spanish and French cuisines reunited by the same conscious and sustainable approach.
Get ready for a strong, vibrant and joyful experience.”

If your safe deposit box contains ancient Gold Napoleon Francs, it would be appropriate to cash them. If not, tote your Euros, this extraordinary dining event is très, très cher, when Legends gather, it’s time to toss money to the wind. We’ve reserved six seats for the roof top dinner with a divine view of the glittering Eiffel Tower. And of course, we know the best hotels in Paris!

Les Ombres, Paris

Art Today London & Paris

Passing through London or Paris?

Everyone benefits from a measure of art when traveling; museums are frequently some of the grandest architectural structures in a city and contain additional riches inside.

My recent Journey to London and Paris was enhanced by a few memorable hours in museums. Picasso is always an invitation to linger, and London and Paris have a plethora of Picasso’s at the moment. Might I recommend a few hours of wandering?

London’s National Portrait Gallery is one of my favorite museums; geographically accessible in St Martin’s Place, right off Trafalgar Square. When it opened in 1856, it was the first portrait gallery in the world. Primarily housing portraits of historically famous and important British people, it also hosts many traveling exhibitions.

Picasso’s Portraits runs until February 5, 2017. If I were required to choose between several exhibits in Paris at the moment and this exhibition, I would say get thee to Paris on the next plane…however, my schedule delivered me initially to London.

Picasso’s Portraits provide an immense variety of drawings, paintings and sketches of over 80 works focusing on friends, family, his numerous lovers and wives. The body of the work includes realist oil paintings, including many self-portraits from his early career and provides a full representation of his evolving technique and his experimenting with various painting styles. The website has a marvelous video presentation of many of the pieces.

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Picasso- Woman in a Hat (Olga)

Personally, I love Picasso and never tire of seeing an exhibit or visit the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. His career spanned so many interesting periods and styles…the moody Blue period, seeing his travel influences, in particular I love his perspective change after he saw an African mask exhibit in Paris. The female shape became so angular and descriptive, Picasso didn’t seem to be ruled by fear of change and loved to experiment.

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Picasso – Maya in A Sailor Suit

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Picasso – Self Portrait

PARIS-

Separate blog on the block buster exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton.  But while in Paris also look for ‘Frederic Bazille The Youth of Impressionism’ at the Musee d’Orsay until March 5. Monet and his best friend Bazille shared an Impressionist history, unfortunately Bazille  died on the battlefield during the Franco-Prussian War, his reputation as a significant contributor to the movement has been building. Much of his work and a number of pieces by Monet, Renoir are on display. This show moves to Washington’s National Gallery in April.